Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Mumbai Indians by 54 runs in an Indian Premier League match here on Sunday. The brilliant captaincy of Virat Kohli, the precise bowling of Maxwell and Harshal Patel left Mumbai Indians battered and RCB won the innings very easily. Rohit Sharma could not complete his half-century. He also injured his hand during the game. After the dismissal of Rohit, none of the batsmen batted, they all went out one after the other.
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Captain Virat Kohli’s 51 runs (42 balls, 3 fours, 3 sixes) followed by Glenn Maxwell’s half-century knock of 56 runs (37 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes) helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) win the Indian Premier League here on Sunday. He scored a respectable score of 165 for six against Mumbai Indians in the match.
Kohli was aggressive from the start, hitting Trent Boult for a lucrative six in the second ball of the innings, bowling very economical, taking one for 17 runs in four overs. Jasprit Bumrah (3/36 in four overs) gave Mumbai Indians their first breakthrough.
In the very second over, opener Devdutt Padikkal reached the pavilion without opening the account. An over later, Kohli also completed his 10,000 runs in T20 cricket (international, domestic and franchise) by hitting Bumrah for a six. He has become the fifth and first Indian batsman to do so. In this way, RCB scored 48 runs for one wicket in the powerplay.
Wicket-keeper batsman Shrikar Bharat also took inspiration from his captain and scored 32 runs in 24 balls which included two fours and as many sixes. Bharat hit both the sixes of his innings on Rahul Chahar (1 for 33) but the same bowler ended his innings. After hitting Chahar for the second six, he was caught by Suryakumar Yadav in deep cover on the next ball, which also ended the 68-run partnership of the second wicket. In the same over, Hardik Pandya missed the opportunity to dismiss Kohli and missed a simple catch.
Now Maxwell came to the crease and the team scored 82 for two in 10 overs. Kohli completed his half-century during this period. He and Maxwell shared a similar partnership of 51 runs for the third wicket. But Adam Milne broke the partnership in the 16th over by dismissing RCB captain Kohli. AB de Villiers (11) also showed his intentions as soon as he came and sent the second ball for a six, which made Bumrah 13 runs in this over.
Then Maxwell completed his half-century in the next over in addition to scoring 17 runs with two fours and a six. But Bumrah took important wickets of both the frozen batsman Maxwell and the dangerous looking de Villiers in the 19th over, otherwise the score could have been bigger.