IPL 2020: Anushka Sharma’s presence within the stands in Dubai didn’t miss the eyes of the netizens as Twitter was flooded with photos and videos of the Bollywood actress. It increased several notches after she was seen cheering and clapping for Virat Kohli after he reached his fifty.
The smile on Anushka Sharma’s face after a Virat Kohli masterclass is unmatchable. It came calling at full swing alongside cheers and claps and even flying kisses after Virat Kohli brought out the simplest of him against MS Dhoni’s CSK by slamming an unbeaten 90 – the very best score by any captain against Chennai Super Kings.
Kohli’s superlative innings led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a competitive 169 for 4 batting first in an IPL 2020 match in Dubai.
Anushka Sharma’s presence within the stands in Dubai didn’t miss the eyes of the netizens as Twitter was flooded with photos and videos of the Bollywood actress. It increased several notches after she was seen cheering and clapping for Virat Kohli after he reached his fifty.
Kohli too didn’t forget to point out his love by gesturing towards Anushka after going to his fiftyAnushka has been in Dubai ever since the start of IPL but hasn’t been attending all matches of RCB but she chose to observe her husband in action against CSK.
Kohli, who walked in at the autumn of Aaron Finch within the third over, led from the front with an imposing 52-ball knock that was the best blend of skill and peak fitness. His innings had four fours and as many sixes but in searing Dubai, humidity ran four doubles within the final over, a testament to the hours put in physical training.
The RCB captain was involved in two half-century partnerships – one with opener Devdutt Padikkal (33 off 33 balls) and Shivam Dube (22 off 14 balls) for the fifth wicket, an unbeaten 76-run stand, which powered the entire.
The last five overs yielded 74 runs because the CSK bowlers seemed to falter after having allowed RCB to attain only 95 within the first 15 as Kohli and therefore the left-handed Dube went on the overdrive.
Deepak Chahar finished with 1 for 10 from three overs while Shardul Thakur (2/40) was the simplest in terms of wickets. Veteran Dwayne Bravo (0/29 in three overs) again showed his value by being economical at the death.
RCB didn’t get off to a rapid start because the CSK bowlers kept them on a leash after an out-of-sorts Aaron Finch (2) went early.
Young Padikkal and skipper Kohli kept the scoreboard ticking but there have been no big hits to be seen. Padikkal hoisted leggie Karn Sharma for an enormous six within the 10th over.
However, his plan to clear mid-off didn’t materialize as he ended up giving a catch to Faf du Plessis to offer Thakur his first wicket.
Three balls later, Thakur struck an enormous blow for CSK, getting AB de Villiers to nick one to Dhoni with a cross-seam delivery with the South African ace not troubling the scorers.
Earlier, CSK made one change by handing N Jagadeesan a debut in situ of the struggling Kedar Jadhav while RCB made a few of changes bringing in Chris Morris and Gurkeerat Singh for Moeen Ali and Mohd Siraj respectively.
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