IPL: Kohli, De Villiers Help RCB Thrash KKR by Nine Wickets To Stay Alive in Play-Off Race
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers both smashed fifties as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets to stay alive in the play-off race.
Royal Challengers Bangalore chose to bowl first against Kolkata Knight Riders in this must-win game. Heading into the match, Virat Kohli's team were sixth while Gautam Gambhir's team were second. (Images credit: BCCI)
Chris Gayle, who had struggled for form in the 2016 IPL, was back at his favorite venue and many expected the Gayle-storm to fire.
Gautam Gambhir got off to a great start and along with Manish Pandey, gave KKR a good start.
Manish Pandey was at his aggressive best and the partnership between him and Gambhir gave KKR a solid platform.
However, a mix-up between Gambhir and Pandey broke the partnership and the skipper departed for 51, his 31t fifty in the IPL, making him the joint-highest.
Pandey departed for 50 as Sreenath Aravind struck. RCB were clawing back after a poor start.
RCB seized the initiative in the middle overs as they chipped away at regular intervals.
Some big hitting from Andre Russell and Shakib Al Hasan helped KKR end on 183/5.
Chasing 184, Chris Gayle finally roared back to form and he, along with Kohli, blazed away to a great start. However, he was unlucky to miss out on a fifty as he was trapped LBW by Sunil Narine.
However, it was the dynamic duo of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli who stepped up and took RCB closer to victory.
Virat Kohli notched up his 24th fifty and in the process, created a new record when he became the highest run-scorer in one edition of the IPL.
AB de Villiers also notched up his fifty as RCB clinically demolished the KKR bowlers.
RCB defeated KKR by nine wickets to move to fifth spot in the points table. KKR, on the other hand, remained in second spot.