Virat Kohli's fighting 92 went in vain as Mumbai Indians registered their first win in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday night at Wankhede. After facing defeat in their previous three games, the defending champions were under pressure to put up a good show against Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). And eventually, they get the two points in style.
After the toss and batting first, the hosts were revived by Rohit Sharma’s blistering 52-ball 94, following two wickets off the first two balls of the match. Opener Evin Lewis too played a good hand. Mumbai eventually piled up 213 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs.
In reply, RCB were never in the game. They kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Only Kohli held one end up and played a lone hand. But that was not enough for RCB as they fell short by 46 runs.
Meanwhile, during the course of his unbeaten 62-ball 92, Kohli went past Suresh Raina’s tally of 4,558 runs to become the highest run-getter in IPL history. Kohli is now on 4,619 runs. When he reached 49, he also became the first cricketer to amass 5,000 T20 runs for a single team.
Mumbai Indians 213 for 6 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 65, Rohit Sharma 94; Hardik Pandya 17*; Umesh Yadav 4-0-36-2) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 167 for 8 in 20 overs [Virat Kohli 92 (62)*; Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-28-2; Krunal Pandya 4-0-28-3; Mitchell McClenaghan 3-0-24-2] by 46 runs
Player of the Match: Rohit Sharma
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