Was Virat Kohli batting for the not-out?

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Following Kohli's diktat for fitness has paid rich dividends, with players giving it their 100% on the field to save every run possible.

Lewis's West Indies teammate, Kieron Pollard faced seven balls for his five before holing out to long on off England seamer Chris Woakes at the start of the penultimate over. He registered bowling figures of 2-0-7-2 in his first spell. Kohli may have also erred by not bringing on either his left-arm pacer Corey Anderson or his leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal early to rattle his opposite number. The former had scored only 47 runs in 3 games, which resulted in his exclusion from the team for the last game against Mumbai Indians. He got the new ball to move just enough to find the gap between bat and pad as Bangalore drew first blood.

And things only got worse for Bangalore when Pandya hit back-to-back sixes off the next two balls.

Kohli on Tuesday to become IPL's leading run-getter of all time surpassing Suresh Raina.

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Rohit termed it as a flawless game for them. Today wasn't very different. Later, Samson came up and scored unbeaten 92 runs.

What irked Kohli towards the end of Mumbai Indians' innings? But when Umpires chose to re-look at the ball delivered and have third umpire's review.

For a second Woakes was allowed to celebrate as the umpire raised his finger, but Pandya was quick to review.

Vettori lamented that RCB could have kept Mumbai under 190. Rohit's 10 fours and 5 sixes helped MI to put up a great total of 213 against RCB.

Yesterday, due to the tight schedule of shooting, Anushka couldn't manage to come to Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to support Virat Kohli and RCB.

He started quickly, racing to 18 off 11 balls, but once Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers fell in the same over, he knuckled down and tried to avoid a huge loss. For when you have had the opposition nine down in successive games with some runs left to play with, and still lost right at the end, there probably isn't much fault-finding to do.

Few could have foreseen such a formidable score from the hosts after they endured a miserable start. Also await the ABD vs Krunal Pandya battle, with Pandya clearly having the upper hand at the moment (4 dismissals in 32 balls). "So our frustrations will be about how we ended with the ball in the last two games". Sarfaraz Khan batted a couple of spots lower and continued to play in a way that questions RCB's retention decision.

The Kohli comeback: Staring down the barrel of a chase that required 214 and after omitting big-hitting Kiwi Brendon McCullum at the top of the order, Virat Kohli had a mountainous task ahead of him.


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