Virat Kohli became the first India batter to register scores of 50-plus on 50 occasions in the IPL during a match against Mumbai Indians at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Virat Kohli came the first Indian batter to register scores of 50 or further on 50 occasions in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during a match against Mumbai Indians at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Kohli brought up his 45th IPL fifty off 38 balls. He also has five centuries to his name in the league. The Royal contenders Bangalore batter went once Shikhar Dhawan, who has 49 scores of 50- plus in the IPL( 47 half- centuries and two centuries).
David Warner, who’s presently leading Delhi centrals, leads the list of players with utmost scores of 50 or further in the IPL. Warner has traduced the 50- run mark 60 times( 56 half- centuries and four centuries) in the IPL. Kohli is second on the list while Dhawan comes third.
The MI attack was hugely disappointing, serving up overpitched gifts to du Plessis and Kohli. The batters were happy to accept the gifts, putting on a match- winning 148- run stage. RCB contended ahead of the wind at 53 for no loss at the end of the Power Play, and when the 100- run mark was reached in just10.3 overs, the jotting was on the wall.
Kohli entered a couple of lives. Archer put down a tough return catch when the batter was on seven, and Hrithik Shokeen dropped a babysitter when Kohli was on 68.
After being put in to club, a brilliant unbeaten 84 from Tilak Verma helped MI put up a respectable aggregate. Tilak’s knock saved MI, which was floundering at 20 for three at one stage. Tilak pounded nine sixes and four fours to record his loftiest IPL score. Tilak finished the MI innings with a copter shot which sailed over long- on for a six.
Piecemeal from Tilak, none of the MI batters looked satisfying. commander Rohit Sharma( 1, 10b) looked fully out of feathers, while Ishan Kishan( 10) and Cameron Green( 5) fell cheaply.
Suryakumar Yadav was anticipated to pull MI back on track, but the middle- order counterculturist was taken out by out- incentive Michael Bracewell for 15.
RCB fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was incisive with the new ball. He kept a tight lid on the scoring rate with a refuse- to- refuse line. Fellow scrambler Reece Topley hurt his shoulder while fielding, and left the ground for treatment.
Mumbai Indians bowling trainer Shane Bond has conceded that the five- time champion’s incapability to win its opening game season after season, in the IPL( Indian Premier League), is “ frustrating ”.
Mumbai lost its 11th successive season nature, going down to Royal contenders Bangalore by eight lattices on Sunday.
The last time MI won its opening game was way back in 2012, when it defeated Chennai Super lords.
“This is my ninth season and we haven’t won our opening game. So, it’s getting frustrating. At the end of the day, it’s a tough competition. It’s always better to have further triumphs than losses. It’s a tough way to start, ” Bond said at the post-match press conference.
Bond lauded leader Mohammed Siraj, who sailed a astral opening spell, giving away just five runs while entoiling Ishan Kishan’s gate.
“Siraj was too good for us moment. First three overs from Siraj, he didn’t gave away any range. He used his bouncers beautifully. He gave us nothing to hit, forced us to play some shots and got lattices from it. We were 29 for one in the Power Play on a good gate, small ground. We’ve a long fur order. We tried to up the figure and got to 170. That opening spell was brilliant, ” Bond said.
MI batters failed to get going, barring Tilak Varma, who scored an unbeaten 84 out 46 balls that helped Mumbai post a respectable 171 for seven.
“Tilak played brilliantly, but he didn’t get important help. I suppose 170 on a really small ground wasn’t a good aggregate. I suppose 190 could have been a par aggregate, ” said Bond.
“We didn’t coliseum well. We knew how important the opening cooperation is going to be. We couldn’t break it and failed to apply pressure indeed, ” added Bond. Know More IPL News…