Virat Kohli smashed a 58-ball hundred to set up Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 10-run win over the Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 35 of IPL 2019.
The odds were against RCB at the Eden Gardens on Friday night after AB de Villiers was ruled out of the game. Kohli responded to the extra responsibility in style, scoring his fifth IPL century and powering his team to a formidable 213-4. He got good support from Moeen Ali (66 off 28), who scored a scintillating half-century batting at number four.
RCB, who were 42-1 at the end of the powerplay, added 107 runs in the next ten overs – courtesy Moeen Ali’s blitz, and then finished off adding another 64 runs in the final four overs – this time thanks to Kohli.
Prasidh Krishna (0-52) and Kuldeep Yadav (1-59) bore the major brunt. Sunil Narine, Harry Gurney, Andre Russell and Kuldeep picked up a wicket each.
In reply, despite an onslaught from Nitish Rana and Andre Russell - the 118-run fifth-wicket stand - KKR could only manage 203-5.
Nitish Rana (85* off 45) and Russell (65 off 25) got together in the 12th over after Robin Uthappa was dismissed for a painstaking 20-ball 9. KKR needed 135 from 49 balls at that stage; Rana and Russell added 118 in eight overs and nearly pulled off the unthinkable. This happened despite KKR batsmen playing 59 dot balls!
For RCB, Dale Steyn (2-40), who filled in for countryman de Villiers, made an immediate impact. The South African should have had the wicket of Chris Lynn the very first ball of the innings, but Stoinis put down a chance at slip. He eventually picked up Lynn and then removed Shubman Gill. Navdeep Saini (1-31) and Stoinis (1-32) chipped in with a wicket each.
Virat Kohli was adjudged the man of the match for his blistering hundred.