Royal Challengers Bangalore’s star campaigner Virat Kohli smashed a spectacular 62-run knock after returning from a shoulder injury and took his team to 142/5 in 20 overs against Mumbai Indians at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.
Leading RCB by an example, Kohli hit five boundaries and two sixes in his 37-ball knock to lift the Bengaluru crowd off their feet.
Explosive batsmen Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers failed to shoulder responsibility as they managed to hit just 22 runs and 19 runs respectively.
Following the dismissal of top three batsmen, RCB’s batting line-up collapsed like a house of cards.
In the middle-order, Kedar Jadhav was run out for nine runs, while Mandeep Singh went lost his wicket for a duck.
New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan led Mumbai’s pace attack as he claimed two wickets in the shape of Kohli and Mandeep.
McClenaghan trapped the big fish – Kohli with a good length delivery that was lofted by the Indian batsman at deep extra cover, where Jos Buttler made no mistake.
Hardik Pandya took the scalp of Gayle, earning the breakthrough for Mumbai in the 10th over.
Hardik’s brother Krunal Pandya also chipped in by claiming the wicket of De Villiers. This was the third time in three innings when Krunal dismissed the South African batsman.