The Royal Challengers Bangalore won by seven wickets to level scores with the Sunrisers Hyderabad. After a thrilling super over encounter,yet another exciting contest was on the cards but Virat Kohli and Co. had other plans as the dangerous unit romped to victory with 14 balls to spare.
Skipper Kohli was the highlight of the run-chase as the Delhi dasher scored a 47-ball 93 to help his side chase down the total with authority. Kohli’s strokeplay was a treat for the spectators as the ball travelled to all parts of the park.
After the early hiccup,the tourists did well to post a competitive 161/6. The total looked good enough for the likes of Dale Steyn,Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra to defend but a sensational effort from Kohli spoiled the party.
There were a lot of moments which become the word of mouth after the match. A look at the trending ones.
The RP show: The left-arm seamer looked in good rhythm as he gave the Sunrisers’ batsmen a tough time in the middle. RP bowled well to pick three and not go for to many runs when the duo of Cameron White and Thisara Perera were taking the bowlers to the cleaners. The seamer will take a lot of positives from this effort and hope to carry on the good show in the tournament.
White-Perera onslaught: It was a splendid effort by both White and Perera to dig their side out of trouble and that too at a healthy scoring rate. The duo didn’t take many risks early on but kept the run-rate in check. They accelerated in the later half of the innings and exploited some ordinary length bowling to full effect.
Vinay goes for plenty: Cricket as they say is a great leveller. A bowler who won almost two games for them with his splendid bowling went for plenty on a pitch known to assist seam bowling. It wasn’t a usual day for Vinay as the seamer went for more than 10 runs per over and picked only one wicket in his quota of overs.
Quiet Gayle: Chris Gayle has been in a sort of sombre mood in the IPL so far. Don’t read too much into his opening knock,even that got off to a watchful start. The belligerent opener will look to come good for his side in the remaining matches as opening still remains a worry for them.
Attacking Mayank: Young Mayank Agarwal was entrusted with the responsibility of opening the innings with Gayle. The 22-year old launched an all-out attack as he scored a quick-fire 29. His innings didnt’t last long but did set the tone for the RCB innings.
Super Kohli: It was indeed a sensational effort by the aggressive right-hander to win it single-handedly for his side. Kohli came into bat after Mayank’s departure and saw the wicket of Chris Gayle from the other end. The right-hander put his head down after that and stitched a useful partnership with AB de Villiers. The South African,playing his first game of the match,was watchful in his approach and fell after contributing only 15 to the total. de Villiers’ wicket proved to be the trigger for Kohli as he launched a brutal assault on the Sunrisers’ bowlers. He ensured that they win and win in convincing fashion.