KKR vs RCB yesterday IPL match review: Spectacular Kohli 100 Gives RCB second win of the season

KKR vs RCB yesterday IPL match review Highlights:

  • RCB defeated KKR by 10 runs to record their second win of the season and move to 4 points from 9 matches with 2 wins and 7 defeats
  • Batting first, RCB had scored a mammoth 213-4 before restricting KKR to 203-5 despite half-centuries from Russell and Nitish
  • RCB’s huge total was guided by Virat Kohli’s effort of 100 off 58 balls and Moeen’s 28 balls 66 run innings which had seen the two put on a 90-run partnership

KKR vs RCB yesterday IPL match review

KKR vs RCB yesterday IPL match reviewVirat Kohli at his finest. Words which make every true cricket lover ooze absolute delight and when the world’s best is in such a delectable mood, there’s nothing better to do than just sit back and appreciate the scintillating player that he is. Taking all the onus on himself to deliver a divisive and decisive match-winning performance, the RCB captain was at his brilliant best, hitting a sensational century, one that took his side past the symbolic mark of 200 and to their second win in the tournament.

After losing the toss yet again, things looked to be on yet another downward slide for the Royal Challengers Bangalore with wickets at regular intervals seeing Kohli wage yet another lone battle. As Parthiv (11) went early and no AB de Villiers in the side, all the onus lay on Kohli who played a determined and gritty inning, showing immense resolve to lay the foundation on a bludgeoning inning from his side.

KKR vs RCB yesterday IPL match review

KKR vs RCB yesterday IPL match review

What he finally did manage to get in the form of the number 4 slot was the much-needed support from Moeen Ali. Taking a particular liking to Kuldeep Yadav, Moeen got after him in one over in particular with three sixes and a four coming from that to take his score to 66. He finally perished off the last ball of that over but it was not before the spinner had been cleaned apart for 59 runs from his 4 overs, giving RCB and Kohli just what they needed.

With over 110 runs in the final 7 overs, Kohli took centre stage, facing the bulk of the balls as he cut, pulled, drove and flicked in only a manner that he can. It was not just the runs he garnered but the compelling way he amassed them in that made us stand up and appreciate a knock that spelled pure genius. Sparing no one, Kohli’s four off the second last ball of the innings saw him finally reach the three digits this year and see RCH reach 213-4 from their quota of overs.

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Coming out to chase, KKY was completely put under the pump by some fine pace bowling in the first half of the innings. With the covering of grass ensuring there was a still movement to exploit, wickets at regular intervals saw KKR reach just 79-4 from 12 overs with Robin’s 20 balls 9 being one of the worst innings we’ve watched this year especially with the circumstances at hand.

KKR vs RCB yesterday IPL match review

KKR vs RCB yesterday IPL match review

However, with Nitish set in the middle and Russell walking out to the crease, KKR managed to make a meal of the match with Chahal (0-45) and Siraj (0-38) being taken apart. With 7 sixes, Russell’s 25 ball 65 looked to threaten to take the match away from RCB who despite cruising towards a win at one stage were put under the one, heading for a jittery finish with Steyn’s final over going for 20 overs.

Left with few options to work with for the final all important over, Kohli in a pleasant change decided to give the final over to Moeen rather than the Chahal. Two sixes off Russell brought KKR closer to the match but Moeen followed it up with two dot balls, ensuring his side finally had yet another win.

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