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IPL 2013: Imperious Virat Kohli powers Royal Challengers to win

Virat Kohli's sensational 93-run knock helped RCB beat Sunrisers by seven wickets.

Written by Sahil Malhotra | New Delhi |
April 9, 2013 3:50:55 pm

After a super over loss in their previous encounter,Virat Kohli-led RCB avenged defeat in convincing fashion in Bangalore.

Virat was a man on a mission as the Delhi boy stroked the ball to all parts of the park. His 47-ball 93 was laced by eleven boundaries and four hits over the fence.

It was indeed a single-handed effort to win the match for his side in front of packed audience.

The run-chase didn’t commence on an expected note as the home side lost both the openers early. Chris Gayle fell without making an impression while Mayank Aggarwal’s little cameo didn’t last long.

Mayank’s departure brought the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper in the middle. The dashing youngster played with a lot of authority and stitched an important partnership with AB de Villiers to repair the early damage.

The duo were going strong before the South African fell after adding a watchful 15 on the scoreboard.

Earlier,after electing to bat,Sunrisers Hyderabad didn’t get off to the desired start as the visitors lost both their openers early.

Skipper Kumar Sangakkara couldn’t convert the start he got and fell after scoring 23 at more than run a ball.

Reduced to 62/3,Sunrisers needed a special effort to post a respectable total on the board.

Attacking Thisara Perera and last match hero Cameron White did just what the doctor ordered as the duo stitched a quick-fire 80-run stand to rescue their side.

The duo hit three big hits over the fence each and there was no one stopping the duo in the middle.

For the RCB,RP Singh was the pick of the bowlers as the left-arm seamer ended with figures of 3/27. It wasn’t a good day in the office for Vinay Kumar and the seamer went for more than 10 runs per over today.

The spin twin of Murali kartik and Muttiah Muralitharan went about doing their job quietly and didn’t go for too many runs in the process.

Brief Scores:

Sunrisers 161/6 (Cameron White 52,Thisara Perera 40,RP Singh 3/27)

RCB 162/3 (Virat Kohli 93*,Sharma 1/30)

Teams

Sunrisers Hyderabad

PA Reddy, PA Patel†, KC Sangakkara*, CL White, NLTC Perera, GH Vihari, BB Samantray, A Ashish Reddy, A Mishra, DW Steyn, I Sharma

Royal Challengers Bangalore

 CH Gayle, AB de Villiers, V Kohli*, MA Agarwal, MC Henriques, KB Arun Karthik†, R Vinay Kumar, M Kartik, JD Unadkat, RP Singh, M Muralitharan

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