Last month, Virat Kohli, the skipper of both team India and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, suffered from a shoulder injury. Fans and players have been eagerly awaiting his return to play. The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed that Kohli had regained the necessary match fitness, and would be able to play for his team.
Kohli returned to the game today, playing in the match against Mumbai Indians. While Kohli did not disappoint with a total of 62, his team was no match for the 70 runs from Mumbai Indians player, Kieron Pollard. The Mumbai Indians won by four wickets, with a result of 145/6 to 142/5.
The match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians took place at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The Indians won the toss and elected to bowl in the 12th match of the 10th Indian Premier League.
Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle formed the first batting partnership for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Tim Southee was first up to bowl for the Mumbai Indians. Once play had begun, it was clear to all that Kohli is back on form, and healed from his injury.
Kohli hit a six and reached his first fifty of the season in the 14th Over. He then completed the over with a four. He was dismissed in the 16th Over, having been caught by Buttler. While Kohli’s personal game was good, the team was aware that it needed a big run total, which it did not achieve.
When Mumbai Indians went to bat, the team needed 143 runs from 120 deliveries to win the game. Even though RCB’s run total was not high, the Indians were having a hard time getting there until Pollard saved the day.
The squads for the two teams were as follows:
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli, Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mills, Negi, Binny, Jadhav, Singh, Aravind, Badree, and Chahal.
Mumbai Indians: Rana, Patel, Pollard, Sharma, Buttler, Singh, H Pandya, K Pandya, Southee, McClenaghan, Bumrah.