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?

Posted by tajah 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>....

Posted by Avi56 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

Posted by kevepere on (April 10, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

After dhanwan returns the batting line up should be 1.Sanga 2. PA Reddy 3. Dhawan 4. White 5. Patel 6. Perera/Vihari 7.Perera/Vihari 8. AA Reddy 9. A Mishra 10. Steyn 11. Sharma Putting sanga up front would be better to get the maximum out of him. The problem with SRH is that they have too much left hand batsman up front. Therefore must have the right/left combination when possible. The people who say sanga should be dropped must understand that he made really great decision as a captain. Thus a leadership like that is important.

Posted by RCBfan_kohli on (April 10, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

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Posted by spartanslaaayers on (April 10, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

rcb needs a early wicket taker like zac r rampaul in the 11 they r leaving it too late whilst teams have wickets in hand to go at their bowlers

Posted by cruisnat25 on (April 10, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

Thou Sanga is a great Test & ODI batsmen but he is not really a T20 material. Chance should be given to Darren Sammy as West Indians have always done well in IPL and Dhawan should be roped in as soon as he is fit. De kock should also be tested. This will give much needed strength to the Sunrisers batting which is bleak when compared to other big guns in this tournament.

Posted by UaHO on (April 9, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

Great Match, With AB DeVillers the batting line up looks more dangerous now RCB has options to with Agarwal, Dilshan plus there good bowling

Good match will be Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Banglore

Posted by Kulaputra on (April 9, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

Kohli's captaincy leaves a lot to be desired. Too Early to compare him to Dhoni

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 9, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

Darren Sammy and Dhawan will strengthen Sunrisers when they both arrive soon, I still think they can be the dark horse of the competition as long as neither Steyn nor Sharma get injured.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

I find some comments comparing dhoni and kohli... Kohli is an emerging alltime great batsman, technically sound and correct and can play shots all around the wicket and has succeeded in Australia and has not played much outside India yet, but has the class to carry India into the next decade and shoulder captaincy... Dhoni cannot be compared to Kohli as a batsman, he has not delivered outside India on bouncier tracks and is as much a flat track bully as sangakkara is...

Posted by gsingh7 on (April 9, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

drop sanga asap . he is overrated batsman outside sl. most his runs are on flat sl tracks. he is the ultimate flat track bully but on indian rank turners he averages in single digits. play de kock , he will surely rise to the occasion.

Posted by priceless1 on (April 9, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Sanga should sit out and let De Kock play the next game , he is a better player at this level

Posted by ProdigyA on (April 9, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

Not much you can do with Kohli in such dismissive form. But risers will rise again, 2 wins in 3 matches is not bad I say, considering their form in previous seasons.

Posted by kc69 on (April 9, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Sanga is a good test and ODI batsmen but lacks the intent of T20 in his batting.As of Kohli he was amazing but i still believe Dhoni is a better batsmen than Kohli because of his temperment.Sunrisers really need to think of Sanga's postition in playing 11 and bring in Shikhar Dhawan(he should have recovered by now) ASAP to strengthen the batting.People fail to realize that having someone like AB and Henriques in dugout gave much more confidence to Kohli.Expected result but i hope Sunrisers don't go the way of Pune last season-who won first 2 matches and lost from there to end up at bottom of table.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 9, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

Gud win 4 RCB, but poor captaincy by sanga! Aftr wining the toss they shld fielded first instead of batting becoz bowling is there strength not batting. Its hard to defend target here in banglore. I think they miss the trick here...

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (April 9, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

RCB is looking ominous, AB and Gayle havent even really clicked thus far. Bowling looking settled, and once Zak is back, would add even more quality. Now they just need to peak at the right time.

Posted by kapilesh23 on (April 9, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Absolutely enjoyed, Absolutely enjoyed Kohlis 93. I don't care if he got terrible attitude man he delivers.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Wish RCB needed another 12-14 runs, which they would have got easily with 16 balls to spare. Kohli would have got a century.

Posted by JamesSmithee on (April 9, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

I also think Sanga should hand over captaincy to some one else. Sanga is good attacking batsman. He was fabulous when he opened for Punjab. So Sanga should open and go against bowlers in power play. He is better than White. But with captaincy he is worst than styne's batting.

Posted by   on (April 9, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

congratulations RCB & Kohli

Posted by duncanmoo on (April 9, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Steyn 4 runs per over when the average run rate for RCB was 9.16 !

Posted by bunny220 on (April 9, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

small targets seem to bring the best out the hyderabad team.even last year they lost matches after scoring in excess of 160 but defended scores of about 130.this may apply even this season.i guess the bowlers&fielders tend a relax more if they have a higher target to defend and hence give easy runs.

Posted by msdhoni123 on (April 9, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

Even though that was a gem of innings from Kohli, hes got a long way to go to be a Indian captain. When Rcb needed 25 runs from 24 balls Kohli was trying to strike every ball for six.He got lucky on 2 instances. He let the glory get to his head. If he got out then RCB would have been in a big danger as they dont have depth in there batting. You would never see Dhoni trying to smash every single ball when you only need run a ball. But it was still a amazing innings from Kohli and hes in my fanatasy league.

Posted by bumsonseats on (April 9, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

could or would you ever see what i have just seen happen in the present game. steyn bowls a brute of a bowl to gayle who plays it quite well if not ungainly . then the batter picks up the bowl and tosses it gently back to steyn who give the batter the thumbs up and continues to bowl. you have to laugh think this would ever happen in an international in whatever format

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 9, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

I love Sanga and I'm a huge fan of his but I'm not to sure captain here was right move for SR, hehasn't really has taken to IPL. I would of personally made C White captain or Darren Sammy who should be arriving soon as aside from captaincy both those guys should be in the 11 with Perrera. however with Sanga captain Steyn and White almost certain starters it means Sammy or Perrera will have to sit out both of which offer much more danger to a T20 side than Sanga.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (April 9, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

People talk about Sachin scoring slow, when he doing as good or as bad as any opener in this tournament apart from gayle. Nobody is talking about "LEGENDS" like Sangakara,Dilshan,Hussy and "Fresh talents" like vijay, manish pandey, unmukt chand, rahane, uthapa. Are these great cricketers scoring at a better strike rate than sachin or am I watching a different IPL. Which team so far has scored 50 in their 6 overs. I believe only punjab.

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