Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli kept on his good work even in the field as he took a juggling catch to dismiss Shubhman Gill of KKR. It was a good catch especially given the fact that Shubhman Gill had struck that pretty well. He missed the catch on his first attempt but then latched onto it in the rebound.
Virat Kohli took one more catch to dismiss Chris Lynn early on in the KKR innings. Meanwhile, the Indian skipper who was short of runs in the tournament so far looked in ominous touch from the outset and went onto smash his 5th IPL century. It was his brilliant partnership with Moeen Ali which helped Bangalore claw their way back into the game after the loss of a couple of wickets.
Moeen Ali, in particular, started taking on the KKR bowlers to the cleaners. He raced off to 66 of 27 deliveries, an innings which was studded with 5 fours and 6 sixes. Moeen’s knock also included a 27 runs over of the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav. It was sensational hitting to say the least as he took RCB over the 150 mark.
After his dismissal, it was Virat Kohli who took the onus on himself to take his franchise over the 200 mark. It was scintillating batting from the Indian maestro who scored his 5th IPL century in the final over of the innings. His knock of 100 came in just 58 deliveries which included 9 fours and 4 sixes. Eventually, Bangalore finished on 213/4 in their allotted 20 overs.
Coming out to bat, KKR was never in the chase as they kept losing wickets on a consistent basis. Robin Uthappa played a horrible knock as he was dismissed on 9 of 19 deliveries. It put pressure on the rest of the batters but it was a great partnership between Nitish Rana and Andre Russell which got KKR back into the game. When the article was written KKR needed 43 to win of the final two overs.