After a string of poor performances with the bat, India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli finally came good with the willow and that too at his home ground in Delhi in the ongoing match against Delhi Daredevils.
The 28-year old batsman, who had managed to score just 250 runs in nine matches prior to this match, scored 58 off just 45 balls to guide his team to a respectable total of 161 for six. His knock was studded with three fours and as many well-timed sixes. The knock in the final match of this season will also do him a world of good before the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy where he will be leading the Men in Blue for the first time in an ICC tournament. Prior to the IPL, Kohli had also endured a horrible time in the Test series against Australia, where he had managed only 46 runs in 3 Tests.
The right-handed batsman came to the crease when newly-promoted opener Vishnu Vinod was dismissed for only three by Pat Cummins. But Kohli and Chris Gayle steadied the ship with a 66-run stand before Gayle was sent back by Shahbaz Nadeem. The West Indian was dismissed for 48 off 38 deliveries including 3 fours and 3 maximums.
At 100 for two in the 14th over and Kohli looking in good touch, the Royal Challengers were looking set for a good total but the Daredevils fought back by dismissing Travis Head and Kohli in quick succession to reduce them to 118 for 4 in the seventeenth over. Their innings received further setback after Kedar Jadhav and Sachin Baby returned to the hut after scoring 12 runs each. All of a sudden, the finalists of last year were looking set to post another below par total before Pawan Negi played a cameo of 13 runs from just 5 balls to guide his team to 161 in the 20 overs.
Meanwhile, both the teams would be keen to win this match to finish the forgettable season on a high.The Daredevils have chased down some big scores at their home ground this season and Virat Kohli’s men will have their task cut-out if they want to defend the 161-run total.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Kohli’s and RCB’s innings:
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 14, 2017
Kohli is back in form because it's the last match for RCB.
"Diya bujhne se pehle fadfadata hi hai"😂#DDvRCB
— Sir Rohit Sharma (@imWrong45) May 14, 2017
Who is saying Virat is out of form?? Where he had played the shot of the season!! 😍😍
Noone gets bored while watching Virat Kohli batting 💃💃
— Riya.💙 (@ViratsAdmirer18) May 14, 2017
Shot of the season, already by @imVkohli! What a beautiful touch.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 14, 2017
— Hotstar (@hotstartweets) May 14, 2017
Daredevils bringing Kohli back to form before the Champions Trophy, just shows that our club knows where to set priorities
— Rishabh (@rishabhism) May 14, 2017
— Aagam Shah (@aagamgshah) May 14, 2017
Really unprofessional from RCB and DD players for not giving a guard of honour to Chris Gayle, who is playing his last IPL match #DDvRCB
Amit Mishra says he wants to work on his batting when there is a whole load of scope left for him to improve his bowling
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) May 14, 2017