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RCB stun holders Mumbai in IPL opener

South Africa’s AB de Villiers hit a quickfire 48 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) prevailed in a last-ball thriller against holders Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League opener played behind closed doors on Friday.

The 14th edition of the popular Twenty20 tournament kickstarted in Chennai as Virat Kohli’s Bangalore chased down a target of 160 to win by two wickets.

De Villiers single-handedly lifted the team from a precarious 122-6 to take the chase into the final over, but he got run out on the fourth ball.

HARSHAL Patel, who claimed five wickets to restrict Mumbai to 159-9 in their 20 overs, got the winning run in a tense finish. “AB is probably the only player who’s so versatile and can do what he did on slow pitches today, so we have to understand,” Kohli said on the team’s decision to make de Villiers bat at number five.

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