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Virat Kohli pats Suryakumar Yadav on the back in a heartwarming gesture

Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli
Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The former Indian skipper Virat Kohli is known to encourage youngsters, and he could be often seen supporting the young talent through his various gestures. In the mega battle between Mumbai Indians and RCB, Virat Kohli was seen appreciating Suryakumar Yadav after the latter played an explosive knock to save his side.

On Saturday, Royal Challengers Bangalore were up against Mumbai Indians in a high-voltage contest. The RCB skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and invited the opposition to bat first. His bowlers proved him right as they reduced the five-time champions to 79/6 in the 14th over. It looked all gloomy for the Blues, and they were in danger of bundling out before playing their quota of 20 overs.

However, Suryakumar Yadav was present in the middle, and he counter-attacked the RCB. SKY was at his absolute best as he smashed the bowlers around the park. He played a whirlwind knock of unbeaten 68 runs off 37 deliveries to take Mumbai Indians to a respectable total of 151/6 in 20 overs.

Virat Kohli looked impressed by SKY’s effort, and he appreciated the youngster patting him on his back on his way to the dugout.

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Virat Kohli missed out on a half-century

Chasing a target of 152, Royal Challengers Bangalore made a slow but steady start. Skipper Faf du Plessis and youngster Anuj Rawat added 50 runs for the first wicket. However, the match was hanging in the balance when Virat Kohli entered the ground after Faf’s departure.

The Run Machine soon took charge and knitted a beautiful partnership alongside Rawat to take control of the chase. While Anuj Rawat was the aggressor in the partnership, Kohli rotated the strike with purpose. However, Virat Kohli missed out on a personal milestone due to a controversial decision. Kohli was batting at a score of 48 runs with only eight runs required to win the match. Dewald Brewis came to bowl his gentle leg spinners and hit Kohli”s pad on the first delivery. The onfield umpire raised his finger, but Kohli immediately took the DRS, hinting at an inside edge to the pad.

While it looked like there was an inside edge, the third umpire didn’t have conclusive evidence to overturn the onfield umpire. Hence, the onfield decision stayed, and Virat Kohli had to leave the ground.

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