IPL: Virat Kohli unwanted IPL history, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians
Virat Kohli’s star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore side have created unwanted IPL history by becoming the first side to start a season with eight successive defeats.
Australian quick Jason Behrendorff celebrated his selection in the World Cup squad by dismissing Indian skipper Kohli for eight as RCB went down to a five- wicket loss.
But it was veteran Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga that did the damage with the ball by taking 4-41, including Australian allrounder Marcus Stoinis for a duck.
England’s Moeen Ali’ (50) and AB de Villiers (75) helped RCB to a competitive score of 7-171.
Ali hit five sixes and a four in a 32-ball half-century and shared a 95-run third-wicket partnership with De Villiers before becoming Malinga’s fourth victim.
De Villiers struck four sixes and six fours for 75 off 51 deliveries but opener Parthiv Patel (28) was the only other batsman to contribute.
Ali also took two wickets in Mumbai’s reply, but the home side reached their target of 172 for the loss of five wickets an over to spare.
Quinton De Kock (40) and fellow opener Rohit Sharma (28) were both removed by Ali, but they put on 70 for the first wicket and that set up Mumbai for their successful run chase.
Originally published as Kohli now owns embarrassing IPL record