Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 90 and was praised by Mike Hesson, who is the Director of Cricket at Royal Challengers Bangalore who remarked that cricket fraternity saw RCB skipper Virat Kohli at his very best in IPL 2020. CSK failed to chase down the target of 170 as they could manage only 132/8 in stipulated 20 overs handing RCB a 37 run win.
RCB managed to score a respectable 169/4 in stipulated 20 overs despite struggling at 93/4 in the 15th over. Virat Kohli and Shivam Dube had an unbeaten partnership of 76 runs for the 5th wicket coming in less than six overs.
Virat Kohli Had An Outstanding Classy Innings And Stood Up When Needed Most: Mike Hesson & Simon Katich
RCB scored 169/4 after Devdutt Padikkal scored 33 and Virat Kohli top scored with 90. In the end there was a little cameo from Shivam Dube who scored 22 off only 14 balls. Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube were sent ahead of Chris Morris who was playing his first match for RCB in IPL 2020. Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers failed to score double-digit runs.
“A couple of partnerships at the other end but we saw Virat at his very best, that was an outstanding innings. It shows the value of having a set batsman, we have always talked about one of our top four being there to own those last five overs. It just showed what a class player Virat is. There is a lot of class there,” Hesson said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.
“Virat stood up when we needed him the post, we knew the wicket was a bit slower as compared to the previous ones, so getting to 160 odd was a magnificent effort and Virat deserves a lot of effort not for his class and also the support he got at the other end from Sundar and Dube,” Katich said.
In reply, CSK scored 132/8 after Ambati Rayudu top scored with 42 and N Jagadeesan scored 33 but the other batsmen including in form Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis along with skipper MS Dhoni failed to score beyond 15.
Chris Morris Shines In His First Game For RCB Against CSK
Chris Morris picked three wickets conceding only 19 runs while Washington Sundar picked 2/16 in three overs. Navdeep Saini was wicketless but conceded only 18 runs in four overs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Isuru Udana picked one wicket each.
“We know Washington Sundar has been great in the powerplay, for him to come later in the powerplay and take those two big wickets, it really set us up,” Katich added.
With the win against CSK, RCB are now at the 4th position in points table from six matches with four wins and two losses and having eight points whereas CSK are placed 6th with two wins and five losses from seven matches having four points.