Virat Kohli © AFP
Virat Kohli © AFP

Virat Kohli played a lone hand in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) chase against Mumbai Indians (MI) in Match 14 of VIVO IPL 2018 at Wankhede Stadium. Chasing 214, Kohli remained unbeaten on 62-ball 92 but received no support from his teammates. The next highest score was 19 as RCB finished 46 runs short of MI’s score.

Kohli went on to break several milestones. He surpassed Suresh Raina as the highest run-getter in IPL history. He also became the first cricketer to score 5,000 runs for a single team and he also registered 54 T20 fifties — the most by an Indian. With 201 runs in the tournament, the Orange Cap fell on his scalp but Kohli was not in a mood to sport it.

“It was a good game of cricket as far as Mumbai were concerned. I don’t feel like wearing this (Orange Cap) right now because it really doesn’t matter. We got off to a great start but we just threw it away, and need to reflect on our dismissals. We knew there would be a little bit of dew, we needed not your 40-45s but 80-85s,” told an angry Kohli after the match.

Crediting Mumbai’s bowling, Kohli added, “In the end it was all about making sure that the run-rate doesn’t take a hit; credit to Mumbai though, they bowled really well. We didn’t get any chances, we bowled in the areas we thought were good but they counter-attacked well. When you have your backs against the wall you do come out with a performance like this and that’s what they did. Even after they were two wickets down they showed resilience like good teams do. We tried our hardest but we just couldn’t get wickets in the middle stages.”

RCB take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) in their next match on Saturday.