IPL 2019: Etching his name onto every batting record available out there, Virat Kohli completed the formalities on Thursday by becoming the fastest batsman in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to complete 5000 runs. Kohli became the second batsman after Suresh Raina to touch the 5000-run mark in the cash-rich league. He completed the landmark in just 157 innings.
Kohli achieved the feat during match 7 of IPL 2019 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Kohli was 46 runs away from achieving the feat and scored exactly the same amount of runs to become the fastest to reach the milestone.
During his crucial knock, the 30-year old Kohli also became the first batsman to score 1,00-plus runs against Jasprit Bumrah in IPL.
Earlier, Hardik Pandya’s muscled a couple into the stands and one out of sight as Mumbai recovered from a middle-order collapse to post a decent 187 for 8 against Bangalore. Pandya hit three sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 32 off 14 balls after Yuzvendra Chahal (4/38 in 4 overs) reduced MI from a comfortable 124 for 2 to 147 for 7. MI lost five wickets in a space of 3.3 overs for only 23 runs.
This was after a vintage Yuvraj Singh was raising visions of a six sixes over with three maximums in Chahal’s 14th over. However he wasn’t fourth time lucky as Chahal’s courage to maintain flighting the ball yielded results.
Chahal then removed Suryakumar Yadav (38 off 24 balls) and Kieron Pollard in quick succession to bring RCB right back in the match.