Royal Challengers v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL, Bangalore April 9, 2013

Kohli's commanding knock routs Sunrisers


Royal Challengers Bangalore 162 for 3 (Kohli 93*, Agarwal 29) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 161 for 6 (White 52, Perera 40) by seven wickets

Virat Kolhi's imperious 93 not out from 47 balls helped Royal Challengers Bangalore avenge their Super-Over loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad and delivered the team's second win in three matches. Chris Gayle could manage nothing but a start as Royal Challengers chased the opposition's 161 for 6, but Kohli was fluent almost from the outset and, despite his hyper-aggression, rarely played a false stroke throughout his innings. The Sunrisers' total had largely been set up by Cameron White and Thisara Perera, who helped overcome their team's slow start, but Royal Challengers finished the match at a gallop with seven wickets in hand and 14 balls to spare.

Kohli came to the crease at 39 for 1 in the sixth over, and began his rampage in earnest when AB de Villiers joined him after Gayle's dismissal. The pair struck 49 together from 35 balls, setting their side well on course for a win - although de Villiers made only 15 of those runs. On 37 from 22 at the time, Kohli found yet another gear and, by the end of the match, Moises Henriques, who came in to bat after de Villiers, had contributed only seven runs to an unbroken 65-run fourth-wicket partnership that secured the result. Fittingly, the winning runs came off Kohli's bat as he hit a square-drive off an Ishant Sharma delivery in the 18th over.

Kohli hit four sixes and 11 fours in his innings, getting off the mark with a four off the first ball he faced as he leaned back to punch Thisara Perara powerfully through the covers. The boundaries flowed all around the ground, as the delicate cuts off the spinners were counterbalanced by arrogant drives off the faster bowlers. With 45 needed off the last five overs, Sunrisers may have felt they still had a chance in the match, but Kohli launched Amit Mishra for consecutive straight sixes early in the 16th over, in which he eventually plundered 21. He hit five more fours in the next two overs to close the match.

White and Perera came together for Sunrisers after their side had ambled through the Powerplay overs, and traveled at barely a run-a-ball in the first half of their innings. Neither batsman risked adventure early in their innings, but quickly began pushing the scoring rate along after the 14th over. White began the charge in the 15th over with a pull off Jaydev Unadkat, before Perera clubbed the bowler over the long-on fence, with a shot that was effectively a two-handed tennis forehand. Unadkat conceded 14 runs in that over.

By the 17th over, the pair had added another 37 runs as they exploited the length deliveries that the Royal Challengers bowlers offered them. White hit three sixes and three fours in his 52 from 34 balls, while Perera struck four sixes and a four in his 24-ball 40. Both men perished searching for boundaries, but they had put on 80 together, leaving their side within touching distance of a competitive 160. A good final over from RP Singh, who took 3 wickets for 27, ensured Sunrisers did not get much more than that.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Satyam on April 11, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    It is all too easy for RCB... This time they are going to be champions... Kohli is in form... AB is always a threat... Gayle is firing as always.. Its all good for RCB this time... BTW very well played KOHLI.. One of the best ever seen in IPL... #RESPECT

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Whose up for an RCB CSK final?

  • Srisha on April 10, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    A sound victory...without a sweat! Like all the RCB fans, felt relieved with Kohli coming good and Mayank finding some form. Like I'd said before, Mayank's value can be seen only at the beginning. He's too impetuous at any other position. Only at the very top, can RCB afford him. For the next match I would go for Vijay Zol / Saurabh Tiwary and drop one of the two left arm seamers. Else, a more plausible change could be with Arun Karthik sitting out now that AB is back.

  • Harry on April 10, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    High time Mr. Kohli. High time. RCB was forever being bailed out by Gayle and ABdV (and in the past by Rosco). Kohli was never able to punch above his weight. Hopefully we will see the best of him from now on.

  • Gautam on April 10, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Great performance from RCB and a real special one from the skipper Kohli. Wonder why Saurabh Tiwary is not playing? Tiwary would be a better bet than Karun Nair.

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    i think rcb should play shaurabh tiwary

  • sri on April 10, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @Izzzu Looks good i would also give a chance to de kock or rotate de kock/sammy. Although i am fan of SRH i am glad kholi is making those runs in RCB.

  • Nadeera on April 10, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    I Am A Srilankan,SRH-[1]Dhawan[2]Patel[wk][3]White[c][4]Vihari[5]Perera[6]Sammy[7]Teja[8]Reddy[9]Mishra[10]Steyn[11]Sharma,How is That Team?

  • Linda on April 10, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    great batting by RCB captain>>> sad that Gayle didn't shine>> but he is still my favorite batsman and RCB is also my favorite team>....

  • Avinash on April 10, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    To All the People who said RCB was a one man show (Gayle)...Just have a look at this match now...and if you observe all the matches played by RCB, this is the only team who has won close matches and even able to defend a low score till the end...Yesterday it was the Indian Players that made the difference. If you see the bowling the indian bowlers put immense pressure on them in the initial overs with the rate at 5.5 rpo. in the middle overs Perera and White Played exceptionally no doubt but it is Bangalores Pitch, 171 runs is the average score here. So you could expect run from Hyd. But See how they were able to turn tables around in the last 3 overs where Rp bowled beautifully..Last 3 overs going only for 17 runs or So...Now the Batting. If you observe at the beginning of the 2 innings Ishant was extremely Nervous thank to the hard hitting Mayan Agarwal who gave the initial confusion for hYd. And then Kohli pure magic.So overall you have a good team going ahead in the tournament