Saturday, April 20, 2019

Virat Kohli 100 gives RCB victory despite Rana's 85

Cricket Highlights - Virat Kohli 100 gives RCB victory despite Rana's 85

VIVO IPL tournament 35th T20 cricket match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Kolkata in 2019 - RCB won by 10-runs.

Virat Kohli smashed a magnificent 100 off 58 deliveries including 9 fours and four fabulous sixes - with his fifth hundred in RCB colours, to help set KKR a massive target of 213 for 4 in 20 overs.

Virat Kohli's timing metamorphised from that of an ancient hourglass to an atomic clock within the space of a half dozen overs as he broke out of his recent rusty spell to smash his first IPL hundred since 2016.

In truth, poor bowling and fielding by Knight Riders, who simply couldn't stem the tide that began with a 28-ball 66 from Moeen Ali, helped Royal Challengers Bangalore along significantly.
In the chase, Kolkata Knight Riders lost three wickets in the Powerplay, and Nitish Rana played important innings for KKR, He was scored a rapid 85 off 46 balls with 9 fours and five fantastic sixes.

Andre Russell's arrival galvanised them sensationally as Royal Challengers must have wondered if they would somehow lose again.

Russell played quick fire innings - He was smashed 65 off 25 deliveries including 2 fours and 9 glorious sixes.

In the last over Kolkata Knight Riders required 24 runs from 6 balls - Rana and Russell still in the crease, Under pressure Moeen Ali delivered first 2 balls brilliantly, 3rd ball Russell hit over long on for six.

Moeen Ali's 4th ball delivered dot ball and 5th ball Andre Russell run out by Virot Kohli.

After Russell exit, KKR needed 17 runs off 1 ball, Last ball Rana hit the six over long off and RCB won by 10 runs - despite Rana's 85 and Andre Russell's quick fire 65.

But Viray Kohli's brilliance and Kolkata Knight Riders' lack of sparkle in the first 12 overs ensured it was a position so impregnable even Royal Challengers couldn't squander it.

RCB kept their play-offs hopes alive with a nervy 10-run victory over KKR at the Eden Gardens in the 35th Match.
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