Virat Kohli Topples Suresh Raina As The Highest Run Scorer in IPL
In 157 matches, Kohli has scored 4767 runs whereas Raina has scored 4745 runs in 11 more matches.
Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) kept themselves afloat in the race for the play-offs with a 14-run win over Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
Chasing 168 runs to win, Mumbai Indians could manage only 153 runs in their allotted 20 overs, courtesy an improved performance with the ball by Virat Kohli and Co, along with some exceptional work in the field in the later stage of the match.
Tim Southee (2/25) and Mohammed Siraj (2/28) bowled brilliantly in the final overs and Umesh Yadav (2/29) picked up two early wickets to restrict Mumbai to 153/7.
New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme, unbeaten on 23, earlier helped Bangalore breach the 160-run mark when he smashed countryman Mitchell McClenaghan for three sixes off the last four balls of the innings which came back to haunt Mumbai in the end.
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Earlier put into bat, RCB were off to a decent start due to the effort of Manan Vohra, who top scored for the Bangalore outfit with 45 off 31 balls.
Captain Kohli, along with McCullum, put up 60-run partnership to take Bangalore past the 100-run mark. Kohli scored a brisk 32 of 26 balls and in the process managed to surpass Suresh Raina as the highest run scorer in IPL.
In 157 matches, Kohli has scored 4767 runs at a strike rate of 130.42 whereas Raina has scored 4745 runs in 11 more matches at a strike rate of 139.02. Both Raina and Kohli have been prolific scorers for their respective teams in the IPL.
For Mumbai, all-rounder Hardik Pandya shone both with the ball as well as the bat.
Except for Hardik Pandya, who scored a patient 50 off 42 deliveries, the rest of the Mumbai batsmen were unable to stand up to the RCB bowlers. Hardik’s innings included 5 fours and a six.
Hardik was also the star performer with the ball for Mumbai Indians. Mandeep Singh, Kohli and Washington Sundar all holed out in the deep off Hardik's medium pace while going for big shots. He ended with a bowling figure of 3 for 28 in three overs, which is his second-best bowling performance in the IPL.
With this win, RCB kept they hopes alive to qualify for the play-offs as they climbed to the fifth spot on the points table with six matches still to go. Meanwhile, MI dropped down to the seventh spot and now needs to win all their remaining six matches if they wish to qualify for the play-offs.
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