The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper played an significant knock in a losing cause
English women cricketer Alexandra Hartley has lauded Royal Challengers Bangalore‘s skipper Virat Kohli for his incredible batting. The batting mainstay was the lone warrior in RCB’s gigantic chase against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede on Tuesday night (April 17).
The elegant Virat Kohli placed his innings beautifully after realising that his side could bundle out for a low score. Having asked to chase a mammoth 214, Quinton de Lock and Kohli gave an ideal start to the innings.
But New Zealand pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan completely tilted the game towards Mumbai’s favour dismissing de Kock and AB de Villiers in quick succession. The RCB’s batting then imploded, losing wickets at regular intervals.
With little batting left and no support from other end, Kohli continued his fight – to take his team as close as possible to the target. The world’s premier batsman then took things into his own hands in the slog overs.
Royal Challengers eventually lost the game by 46 runs after making 167 for eight in their 20 overs.
Kohli is the only star in their batting, who scored unbeaten 92 runs off just 62 balls. The result also gave Mumbai Indians their first win of the season.
“Great effort by Kohli shame he wasn’t backed up by anyone else! ,” Alexandra Hartley tweeted.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Need Momentum
As often the case, Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling once again looks to be their headache. The bowlers failed to contain Mumbai batsmen despite picking two early wickets.
Bangalore has won only one game in their campaign so far. They will need to find their team balance quickly. If they fail to get the winning momentum, they might once again endure a tough season like IPL 2017.
The team will now have three days rest before taking on Delhi Daredevils at home on Saturday (April 21).
Virat Kohli remains a major positive, while their inconsistent bowling seems to be hurting them the most.
The onus should be on the bowlers to restrict opponents to as little as possible. They definitely do possess the batting might in their ranks.