AB de Villiers usually has the best seat in the ground to watch Virat Kohli’s mastery in Indian Premier League but the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman missed out on it as his captain went berserk in the IPL 2019 tie against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Friday.
Virat Kohli hit his fifth IPL hundred as he came up with a masterclass, pacing his innings brilliantly well in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s must-win match. Kohli’s 100 from just 58 balls helped RCB post 213 for 4 after being sent in to bat by KKR captain Dinesh Karthik.
It was Kohli’s fifth IPL hundred and the first of the IPL 2019 as the RCB skipper smashed nine boundaries and four sixes for his 58-ball 100. Kohli lost his wicket in the final ball of RCB’s innings but he had done enough damage by then.
Kohli opened the batting for RCB and started cautiously as Kolkata Knight Riders’ new-ball bowlers removed Parthiv Patel early and kept the scoring rate under the check. Kohli kept the scoreboard moving and stitched a 41-run stand with No.3 batsman Akshdeep Nath.
In the absence of AB de Villiers, it looked like RCB lacked momentum in the middle overs but Moeen Ali walked in at No. 4 and completely changed the momentum of the innings. Smashing 66 from just 28 balls, Ali made sure RCB had the platform to go big in the end overs. Ali was quite severe against spinners, especially Kuldeep Yadav as he took the India leg-spinner to the cleaners in his final over wherein 27 runs were collected.
On the other hand, Kohli came up with a lesson on how to construct a limited-overs innings. Kohli had gotten to his fifty in the 40th ball of his innings but got the next 50 runs in just 18 balls.
Kohli did not face a single dot ball in the last 26 balls of his knock wherein he collected 63 runs from the said period. RCB collected 64 runs in their last four overs as Kohli took the KKR bowlers to the cleaners in the death overs.
Awestruck by Kohli’s hundred at the Eden Gardens, cricket fraternity heaped rich praise on the India captain, who seems to be warming up for the 2019 World Cup, staring May 30 in England and Wales.
AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 19, 2019
He must have enjoyed the 100 a lot. Just wants to be in that space where everything is positive. Well played @imVkohli
Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 19, 2019
Virat Kohli has shown us once again why he is regarded ‘The Best’
Hunger & Passion Unlimited ??#KKRvRCB
Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 19, 2019
R P Singh ????? ?????? ???? (@rpsingh) April 19, 2019
Sublime innings from the KING @imVkohli !! True batting masterclass. A straight six through the line, followed by a classic cover drive … WHEW !! Truly enjoyable display by @RCBTweets !! #KKRvRCB !! @DanishSait – Mr Nagsss, what you gotta say about this magnificence ? ????
Amitashh Pradhan (@amitashpradhan) April 19, 2019
50 of 40 balls and another 50 in just 17 more , only King Kohli @imVkohli can do this to one of the best attacks in IPL today, magnificent display of batsmanship and an amazing Century, #RCBvsKKR #IPL2019 #KingKohli
Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) April 19, 2019
Ian Pont (@Ponty100mph) April 19, 2019