Record-breaking Kohli century helps RCB hammer Kings XI in rain-marred clash

first_imgSkipper Virat Kohli scripted yet another magnificent century to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to a dominating 82-run win over bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab via Duckworth Lewis method in a rain-hit IPL clash and stay on course for a play-off berth, on Wednesday. (Virat Kohli all time leading run-scorer after record fourth ton)Kohli (113 off 50 balls) battled immense physical pain to notch up his fourth century in the ongoing IPL season and also became the only batsman to score more than 800 runs in a single edition. His tally stands at 865 runs from 13 matches.Kohli, who had sustained multiple stitches due to a split webbing in his left hand, hit 12 fours and eight sixes and alongwith Chris Gayle (73) amassed a whirlwind 147-run opening stand to help RCB post an imposing 211-3 after the match was reduced to a 15-over affair following rain. (This is how Kohli’s breathtaking ton kept RCB’s campaign alive)RCB JUMP TO SECOND SPOTThe hosts then returned to restrict Kings XI for 120 in 14 overs to register their seventh win and reach the second spot in points table with 14 points in 13 matches. They are now tied at 14 points with Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions. (Points Table)Chasing a mammoth 212 to win, none of the Kings XI batsmen could stitch a partnership as the pressure to hit big shots saw them make their back way to the hut. Wriddhiman Saha (24) was the top-scorer for Punjab.For Bangalore, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (4/25) returned with a four-wicket haul, while Sreenath Aravind (2/18) and Shane Watson (2/7) scalped two wickets each. (Full IPL Coverage)advertisementIn the end, Punjab were 120-9 with just one over to go when heavens opened up again and the result of the match was decided by the Duckworth Lewis method.KOHLI, GAYLE DESTROY KINGS XI ATTCKEarlier, Put to bat by Kings XI skipper Murali Vijay, who opted to field despite winning the toss, RCB piled up a whopping 211 runs for three wickets in 15 overs.Skipper Kohli set a new record by scoring his fourth century (113 in 50 balls) in this IPL season and Gayle returned to form to hit 73 in 32 balls with 8 sixes and 4 fours.Gayle and Kolhi were involved in a record 147-run partnership for the first wicket in 67 balls, by hitting all over the ground at will from the first over, treating a packed stadium of 25,000 frezined fans with mighty sixes and massive fours.ALL EFFORTS FROM VIJAY WENT IN VAIN Desperate efforts by Vijay to break the partnership or get either of them out early failed as Kolhi and Gayle were in full cry and batted with disdain.While the first 50 came in 4.4 overs of the six-over power play, the first 100 of RCB’s innings came in 8.5 overs.Though Vijay used as many as five bowlers to contain the openers, there was no respite for Kings till Gayle got caught by David Miller of Arshad Patel ball in 11 over when RCB score was147 on the board.RARE FAILURE FOR AB BUT RAHUL ENDS WITH A FLOURISHAfter in-form AB de Villiers was bowled for a duck in 12th over, keeper K.L Rahul joined Kohli to take the score to 199 when the skipper was caught by Miller off Sandeep Sharma ball at 113 comprising 8 sixes and 12 fours in just 50 balls.Rahul and Kohli were involved in a 45-run third wicket partnership in 15 balls.Rahul remained till the end at 16 not out.Patel, Sharma and Abbot shared one wicket each of RCB’s batters.Breif Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 211/3 (Kohli 113, Gayle 73) hammer Kings XI Punjab 120/9 (Saha 24, Yuzvendra Chahal 4/25) by 82 runs via D/L in a rain-curtailed IPL clash.last_img

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