Kohli’s Heroics Ensure Much Needed Win for Bangalore Against Pune
Virat Kohli ensured his team a much needed win as RCB beat RPS by 7 wickets.
Captain Virat Kohli smashed his second century of the season in a magnificent batting display to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to a thrilling seven-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiants in an IPL match here today.
Kohli struck an unbeaten 108 off just 58 balls with the help of eight fours and seven sixes in a display of batting pyrotechnics at the Chinnaswamy Stadium as Bangalore chased down the challenging target of 192 with three balls to spare to notch up their third win in eight matches.
The RCB skipper entered into record books as he became the only batsman to score two tons in a single IPL season.
He also joined the likes
of Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson, David Warner, AB de Villiers, Adam Gilchrist
and Virender Sehwag to hit two IPL centuries overall. The most number of IPL tons
– five – though still belongs to Chris Gayle.
Kohli’s ton also overshadowed an amazing late assault of 13-ball 36 that included five fours and two sixes by Shane Watson which suddenly tilted the balance of the match in favour of Bangalore after it was poised evenly a couple of overs after the halfway stage.
Bangalore, however, made a sedate start in their run chase but soon found the boundaries with Kohli hitting two sixes off RP Singh in the fourth over to set the tempo.
Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane and Saurabh Tiwary smashed half centuries to power Pune to an imposing 191 for six after being put into bat.
While opener Rahane made 74 off 48 balls with the help of eight boundaries and two sixes, Tiwary’s 52 came off 39 balls during which he struck nine boundaries.
Pune had a poor start as Khawaja lost his wicket when the score was 26 on the board in 2.2 overs.
The dismissal, however, brought together Rahane and Tiwary, who played sensibly and took the bowling apart when required as they hit some exquisite shots to put together 106 runs for the second wicket.
Watson was the main architect to bring RCB back by taking three wickets – that of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9), Rahane and George Bailey (0).
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