Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel became the first bowler to take a 5-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians in Chennai on Friday. Royal Challengers Bangalore picked Harshal Patel in the playing XI, and he did not disappoint in the opening match of the Indian Premier League 2021.
Harshal Patel was part of an 8-member bowling attack for Royal Challengers Bangalore who were up against defending champions Mumbai Indians for the first game of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League.
In fact, Harshal Patel was one of 4 bowlers who bowled their full quota of 4 overs - Mohammad Siraj, Kyle Jamieson and Yuzvendra Chahal were the others. RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field against Mumbai Indians, who have won the IPL a record 5 times.
Harshal Patel claimed the wickets of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya and Marco Jansen to derail Mumbai Indians and restrict them to 159 for 9 in the season opener.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 2021
"It feels great. I have played almost 100 T20s and this is my first five-wicket haul in the format. To get it against a side like Mumbai Indians is special," Harshal Patel told the host broadcasters after the MI innings.
Harshal Patel now has the 3rd best bowling figures by an uncapped Indian bowler in the Indian Premier League.
Best figures by uncapped Indian players (IPL)
5/14 Ankit Rajpoot KXIP v SRH 2018
5/20 Varun Chakravarthy KKR v DC 2020
5/27 HARSHAL PATEL RCB v MI 2021