Royal Challengers v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL, Bangalore

Kohli's commanding knock routs Sunrisers

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

April 9, 2013

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

Virat Kohli hits down the ground, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL, Bangalore, April 9, 2013
Virat Kohli's unbeaten 93 was his personal best in the IPL © BCCI

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.

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Posted by Kohli_Fever 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

Posted by   on (April 11, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

Whose up for an RCB CSK final?

Posted by PerfectTen 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.

Posted by FoollyFedUp 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.

Posted by sgrp 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.

Posted by   on (April 10, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

i think rcb should play shaurabh tiwary

Posted by sachin_vvsfan 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.

Posted by Otuwa 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?

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