Despite Virat Kohli's unbeaten 92, Mumbai Indians clinch the match by 46 runs at their homebase
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.
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.
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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