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IPL 2018| Watch: Anushka Sharma cheers for husband Virat Kohli

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It seems Anushka Sharma’s lucky charm worked for husband Virat Kohli, as in her presence Royal Challengers Bangalore registered their first win over Ravichandran Ashwin-led Kings XI Punjab in the 11th season of Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.

Anushka was spotted wearing a black top and high-waist denim, cheering and applauding for her beau Virat Kohli’s team.

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Jab Tak hai Jaan’ actor Anushka was also spotted talking to the actor turned business-woman Preity Zinta at the stands. Anushka was also seen holding her thumbs up every time the camera panned to her for the reaction of any particular moment in the match.

Chasing 155 for victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday, host RCB romped home in 19.3 overs, thanks to some fine knocks by Quinton de Kock (45), AB de Villiers (57), followed by Mandeep Singh’s 22 down the order.

After losing their IPL opener against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), RCB was eyeing a win at home and Umesh’s 3/23 restricted the opponents to a chaseable total.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli said: “Very happy. First home game is crucial. Last year, we couldn’t get off to a start. The crowd has a lot of expectations, and tonight was a game we wanted badly, especially in the initial stages of the tournament.”

“We knew the new ball will come on nicely, and the batsmen hit some good shots. Umesh bowled well, getting three wickets in an over is great,” expressed the 29-year-old.

Kohli further said: “Our mindset is — we want our best bowlers to step up and get confident early on. When only five are playing, you have to hit your areas well. They (bowlers) have done well.”

Umesh, who was also adjudged the Player of the Match, said he enjoyed a lot of freedom from his skipper and bowling coach Ashish Nehra.

-With IANS inputs.