Chennai inflict new defeat on Kohli’s Bangalore

Sharjah, UAE: M.S. Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings inflicted new pain on Virat Kohli on Friday, beating his Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in the Indian Premier League.

Chennai, bolstered by 38 from opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, overcame Bangalore’s 156 for six with 11 balls to spare as Dhoni won the latest battle with his successor as India’s captain.

Kohli has been under the spotlight since announcing this month that he would step down as India’s T20 captain after the World Cup and the Bangalore captaincy after this IPL tournament.

But after Bangalore lost by nine wickets in their first match of the resumed tournament, Kohli has now seen his side suffer three defeats in total in their last five games.

After Friday’s start was delayed by a sand storm in Sharjah, Kohli, who has vowed to concentrate more on his batting, hit 53 in an 111-run opening partnership with Devdutt Padikkal.

He hit a six and six fours while Padikkal went on to make 70 off 50 balls with three sixes and five fours.

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