Chennai, April 3: Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Mumbai Indians in large part to a magnificent half-century by ace batsman Virat Kohli, in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Sunday. With the aid of six fours and five sixes, Kohli smashed 82 off only 49 deliveries, displaying the incredible form.
With this 50th 50-plus score in the IPL, he became the only player from India to ever accomplish the remarkable milestone. David Warner, the opening player for the Delhi Capitals, tops the record with 60. Shikhar Dhawan, the captain of the Punjab Kings, ranks third overall on the list with 49. Now, Kohli has 45 fifty-sevens and five hundreds to his credit.
With a 148-run opening stand, Kohli and Faf du Plessis provided a chase masterclass as RCB made an incredible start to their IPL season with a convincing eight-wicket triumph.
Tilak Varma, who was given the opportunity to bat, scored a brilliant 84 off 46 balls to propel MI to a total of 171 for 7, but Kohli and du Plessis slammed double fifties as RCB easily crossed the finish line with as little as 22 balls remaining.
A near-flawless 89-ball partnership between Kohli (82 not out) and Du Plessis (73), who were attempting to chase down 172, saw them rake in 10 boundaries and as many maximums.
Kohli finished the job by smashing a four and a six off Arshad Khan to score the go-ahead runs and deliver MI their 11th straight loss in the season’s opening game.