How lovely to see the IPL back in its homeland and at its usual time in the year too.
Of course this season it’s all about neutral stadiums and the curtain raiser today was played out at the Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.
Chris Lynn along with the six-foot-eight-inch left-arm Proteas seamer, Marco Jansen made their respective debuts for Mumbai.
This game most certainly went down to the wire but the win for RCB was thanks largely to another masterclass from de Villiers who batted at five.
At the death he was batting alongside Harshal Patel who had been an unlikely hero in the Mumbai innings and is apparently the first man to take a five-fer against the Indians in the IPL.
As it was AB did go from hero to villain when he was run out by Krunal when attempting an extremely risky second run and was well short as Kishan killed the bails.
Mark Nicholas initially thought that the wicket looked a little tricky for batting and that 140 might be a good total.
So 159 represented a fine score but ultimately it wasn’t enough for the five times franchise champions.
Chris Lynn contributed well but succumbed one short of a half-century while Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan were chief contributors to the total.
Chasing a total of 160, Washington Sundar, who opened the batting for the first time in the IPL was dropped off Boult on the second ball of the innings. The RCB skipper Virat Kohli at the other end got off the mark with a leading edge that raced away to the boundary.
RCB openers started confidently, tackling the pace of Boult and Bumrah, and subsequently attacking the young left-arm pacer, Jansen.
At the halfway stage, RCB were 75-2 with both Maxwell and Kohli looking settled. In the eleventh over, Maxwell tonked Krunal Pandya for a maximum that went deep into the night sky and out of Chepauk.
Bangalore looked well set for victory until the de Villiers run out caused some consternation but with the prospect of a super over, they got over the line with a single off the last ball.
A limited amount of fans watched the game and it may be some while before we see the Tasty Treat fan army again but with Danny Morrison on the mic and those CEAT tyres strategic time outs, you knew the IPL was back and back where it belongs.