It was a Virat Kohli masterclass that saw the Royal Challengers Bangalore go on to register their second win in this year’s IPL, beating the Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Friday. Put in to bat first in a must win game, the RCB skipper smashed 9 fours and 4 sixes en route to a scintillating 57 ball 100 to help them get past the 200 run mark.
Moeen Ali’s 28 ball 66 which steadied the ship for the visitors before the final impetus to the innings was provided by Virat Kohli, who brought up his hundred in just 57 balls as RCB finished with 213/4 in 20 overs. The Knights got off to a horrendous start in the run chase as Dale Steyn, playing his first game this season, accounted for Chris Lynn’s wicket in the very first over. Lynn got a lifeline courtesy of a dropped catch from Stoinis, but couldn’t make amends. Narine threatened with a 16-ball 18 but ended up giving his wicket away to Navdeep Saini.
Andre Russell however came out with all guns blazing, smashing Yuzvendra Chahal for three sixes in a row to keep KKR in the hunt. Nitish Rana came to the party as well as he brought up his half century in just 34 balls, reducing the equation to just 43 required off the last two overs. It was once again down to Russell to pull off another miraculous chase. Needing 24 runs to win in the last over, Russell managed to clear the boundary once but the runs proved to be too many in the end even for the big West Indian.
Russell was eventually dismissed after scoring 65 runs off just 25 balls. It was a run out at the non striker’s end by none other than Virat Kohli which saw him heading towards the pavilion on the penultimate ball of the match. Russell swung his bat with all his might only to find Kohli at deep mid wicket. Kohli didn’t disappoint as he fired in the throw at the bowler’s end to catch Russell short of his ground. There was a furious reaction from Kohli after the wicket with KKR needing 17 runs to win off the last two balls.
Kohli was also seen hurling cuss words at the West Indian as he made his way back to the dugout. It was pure frustration from Virat Kohli, who must have been worried about the fact that his efforts in the first innings of the match were getting wasted against KKR for the second time in a row, all because of one man and there was definitely no coming back for KKR once he was dismissed. Rana smashed a six on the last ball to remain unbeaten on 85 from 46 balls as KKR lost the match by 10 runs.
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