during match fourteen of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 17th April 2018. Photo by: Faheem Hussain / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Virat Kohli‘s fighting knock went in vain as defending champions Mumbai Indians opened their account in style this season with a thumping 46-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday night at Wankhede.

Chasing an improbable 214, Royal Challengers were off to a good start. Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock added 40 runs off the first four overs.

However, once de Kock was dismissed, the chase was pretty much derailed. The likes of AB de Villiers and Corey Anderson failed to fire as RCB never looked in contention.

They were five down for just 86 runs. The game looked one-sided for the most part of the match. At the end of the fifteenth over, the scoreboard was reading a precarious 108 for six.

But, Virat Kohli waged a lone battle, scoring a patient fifty, but could not inspire his team to a much-needed win.

However, the visitors eventually managed to put up 167 for eight. Kohli starred with the bat for the struggling RCB, scoring 92 not out.

Earlier in the match, the fifties from Evin Lewis and Rohit Sharma helped Mumbai recover from a poor start and post a huge total of 213 for six.

Sent in to bat first, Mumbai Indians were off to a disastrous start. Umesh Yadav castled Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan on the first two deliveries of the innings.

However, Evin Lewis soon helped Mumbai move on from the setback with some delightful shots. At the end of the four overs, Mumbai were 40 for two with Rohit Sharma giving company to the Windies sensation.

By the end of the powerplay, the hosts raced away to 60 for two. The duo soon found their rhythm as Mumbai recovered from a disastrous start.

At the halfway mark, the scoreboard was reading 95 for two. By then Lewis had completed his fifty while Rohit was proving to be his perfect partner. They shared a massive partnership of 108 runs before Corey Anderson sent back Lewis.

Similarly, the Windies powerhouse scored 65 off 42 balls with the help of six fours and five sixes.

Moreover, Rohit Sharma took charge from thereon and went on to complete his fifty off 32 balls. He remained till the last over, scoring 94 off 52 balls – to help Mumbai Indians finish strongly.

In addition, here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:

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