Virat Kohli’s 63 balls hundred has gone in vain as Gujarat Lions registered a six victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore with three balls remaining. Gujarat Lions got off to a flying start, with both openers Dwayne Smith and McCullum plundering the bowlers to all parts of the ground. The pair sent shivers down the spine and the bowlers were hiding for cover. Smith threw his wicket to a loose shot. However, skipper Raina took center stage. After McCullum’s departure, he along with Dinesh Karthik kept the scorecard ticking and never allowed the run-rate to dip at any stage. With 21 needed to win from 2 overs, Karthik and Jadeja applied the finishing touches to help Gujarat romp home in the end.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, who scored a 100, awarded the man of the match even though his team lost the match. What should RCB do to resurrect this bowling line-up? Is there a magic spray? Can the Bangaloreans please look for it?
Virat said “Doesn’t feel good now. Would have liked to cross the line. Didn’t plan it, didn’t feel at any stage that I would get to that hundred.
An opportunity came at the end to strike a few. Gayle should be back for the next game, we have missed him but have done well with the bat. Bowling’s execution isn’t up to the mark. The wicket was slowish and we had to change the pace and keep the ball on the body. It has to be in a winning cause. These things (Orange Cap and the ton) don’t matter. Not having that winning feeling about the team is never a good feeling.”