"We've got all sorts of areas that need improvement".
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Even before his knock of 94, Rohit's best average against an existing IPL team at Wankhede was against Royal Challengers - 50.50. Despite that first over and the sixth that went for only four, Mumbai made 60 off the Powerplay. He also praised the performance of his bowlers Mitchell McClenaghan, Krunal Pandya and Mayank Markande. Sarfaraz Khan batted a couple of spots lower and continued to play in a way that questions RCB's retention decision.
"We just threw it away, and we must reflect on our dismissals". He was later joined by Rohit Sharma as they skipper scored 94 runs with the help of cameos from the Pandya brothers at the other end to finish the innings total at 213/6. That released the trolls on social media, though it may have been a case of finding a scapegoat for the whole team's failure.
The Royal Challengers skipper Kohli was the lone man standing till the end as he remained unbeaten on 92 of just 62 deliveries. He ensured that RCB weren't able to assert themselves riding on the early strike as he scored 11 runs in the next over and 19 off Washington Sundar in powerplay. So clearly Kohli knows what he's talking about.
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The RCB batting unit this season comprises of some of the most fearsome hitters in world cricket namely, Kohli, who is the captain of the side, South Africa's AB De Villiers and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum. With Royal Challengers reaching 167, they stayed ahead of bottom-dwellers Delhi Daredevils on the points table.
From then on, it was the Rohit Sharma show as he, along with cameos from Krunal (15 off 12) and Hardik Pandya (17 off 5) propelled the Mumbai Indians to a mammoth 213 for 6 in their 20 overs. Virat (Kohli) played exceptionally well unfortunately none could go on with him. A set Rohit at the death is usually unstoppable, and makes bowlers lose their lines and lengths. He registered bowling figures of 2-0-7-2 in his first spell. Virat Kohli was the one initiated batting first and stood for the team still lost. Yes, after losing a match to Mumbai Indians, everyone started cheering for Mumbai, but Raveena gave her full support to Virat and RCB.
This is partly down to the law of averages.
There could be a few other reasons the last four games have gone to the team batting first. The same had happened in IPL 2011 when Chennai Super Kings lost Aniruddha Srikkanth and Suresh Raina to Kings XI Punjab's Praveen Kumar in Mohali. This has allowed spinners to have greater impact in the second innings. Umesh Yadav has already proven to be a match-winner in his own right and it is only a matter of time before Chris Woakes and Kulwant Khejroliya turn up for RCB.