Don't Want to Wear Orange Cap: Virat Kohli After RCB's Loss

Carla Harmon
April 19, 2018

Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) latest updates: Hello and welcome to CricketCountry's live coverage of the VIVO IPL 2018. His first two balls of the innings, castled the in-form duo of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. Kieron Pollard could not exploit the bowlers and went back after adding 5 runs off 7 balls. Against Kolkata Knight Riders, he struck twice in his first nine balls, and against Kings XI Punjab, he took three in his second over. Both scored 190+ in their last games but lost anyway.

On the other hand, the visitors' skipper Rohit Sharma hasn't sufficiently contributed this season.

A team score of 0 for 2 only meant he had to be cautious for the first few overs but his original plan of consolidating and then unleashing was still on. So it was important to spend some time and it was better to bat with the dew coming in. Whether that means something with embroidery or a silhouette that provides more coverage is up to you.

"Even after they were two wickets down they showed resilience like good teams do". Again, it can happen and sometimes it can't. "When I went to bat in, there was a lot happening on the pitch". Obviously, the idea was to build partnerships. On the last ball of the 18th over by Jasprit Bumrah, Yadav was caught by Rohit Sharma as he slogged the ball to cover. Lewis was dismissed for a well made 65 off 42 balls by Corey Anderson.

"Always easier when you spend some time in the crease". Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar were forced to bowl flat and focus on restriction of runs rather than laying out wicket-taking ploys. While Virat Kohli and RCB are still struggling for one. But Rohit hit a flat first delivery from Sundar through the covers for four before Lewis collected two more boundaries later in the over. Although he missed out on a deserving century, his 94 off 52 balls laden with 10 fours and five sixes, helped Mumbai attain a formidable score. Invariably, a big chunk of this run-getting transpires in the last four overs of the game. He was impressed by Rohit's captain's knock and Mitchell McClenaghan's fiery pace bowling. "We never had any discussion about which bowler we want to target because we had the left-right combination going all the way through". He faced only four dots in that period and belted four fours and three sixes; his strike-rate shot up from 133 to 181. "I think me batting at four gives the balance to the side and gives the new guys the freedom to bat at the top", he said. Although, Virat Kohli tried to salvage something out of the contest, in the end MI held their nerves as they won their first game of IPL 2018. The IPL season had begun with a trend that saw side's batting second win more often than not.

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