IPL 2018: Match 14 – MI v RCB – Rohit Sharma’s 94 and bowlers take MI to win over RCB; Kohli hits 92*

Virat Kohli became the first man in T20 cricket to score 5,000 runs for a single team.

Virat Kohli tried his best till the end to reduce the deficit of the defeat | IANS

In the 14th match of the IPL 2018, Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) met each other at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams were looking to win, with MI having lost all of their three matches and RCB losing big to RR at home.

Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field first. Rohit Sharma confirmed that Akila Dananjaya made way for Mitchell McClenaghan in the team. On the other hand, RCB made three changes as Sarfraz, Anderson, and Siraj came into the playing XI at the expense of Negi, McCullum and Kulwant respectively.

MI lost Suryakumar and Ishan Kishan on the first two balls of the match to Umesh Yadav, who removed both of their off stumps. He became only the second bowler to take two wickets off the first two balls of the match in IPL, after Praveen Kumar, who removed Anirudha Srikanth and Suresh Raina, while bowling for KXIP v CSK in IPL 2011.

After that, 108 runs were added by Evin Lewis (65 off 42 balls; 5x6s and 5x4s) and Rohit Sharma (94 off 52 balls; 10x4s, 5x6s) for the 3rd wicket. Lewis was dismissed by Corey Anderson and after that, it was all Rohit Sharma, as he went after the bowling in a hard way. Krunal (15) and Hardik (17 in 5 balls) helped the score go forward for MI, but it was Rohit in the end, who took the final score to 213/6, as he got out on the penultimate ball of Anderson’s and innings’ last over.

RCB were looking good in their start, as they scored 40 runs in 4 overs before Quinton de Kock (19) was bowled by McClenaghan. McClenaghan also removed AB de Villiers for just 1 run. Mandeep Singh (16) tried his best to up the scoring rate but was stumped off Krunal and Corey Anderson hit the next ball to Duminy (sub), as RCB sunk more into trouble, despite Virat Kohli on the other end.

Ishan Kishan suffered a serious injury to his right eye, as a ball from Hardik Pandya’s throw bounced badly and hit him straight in his face. Kishan went off the field to get medical attention.

Virat Kohli continued to play a lone hand despite the needed run rate over 16.50 runs per over. He became the first man to score 5,000 runs for one team (RCB) in T20 cricket. He also overtook Suresh Raina as the highest run-getter in the IPL history, leaving Suresh Raina behind.

In the end, RCB were left 46 runs shy of the target. Virat Kohli remained not out on 92 off 62 balls with 7 fours and 4 sixes.

Mumbai Indians logged their first win on the points table in four matches and RCB went to the bottom of the table with 3 losses in 4 matches.

MI 213/6 (R SHARMA 94; U YADAV 2/36) beat RCB 167/8 (V KOHLI 92*; K PANDYA 3/28) by 46 runs


By Jatin Sharma - 17 Apr, 2018

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