In the 35th match of the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) recorded a sensational 10-run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The jam packed crowd seated at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata got to witness an absolute blockbuster of encounter in which an astounding total of 413 runs were scored combined by both the teams. RCB recorded a monumental first innings total on the back of Virat Kohli’s scintillating hundred and Moeen Ali’s entertaining half-century.
While in the second innings, even after a disappointing start, the belligerent KKR duo comprising of Nitish Rana and Andre Russell stole the show with some incredible and astonishing hitting. The pair smashed the RCB bowlers handsomely in different parts of the ground but eventually fell short of taking their team over the finishing line. With this victory, RCB have also somehow kept their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive and kicking.
It was important to bat though the innings
Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Match for his magnificent knock of 100 runs that came off just 58 balls and included 9 fours and 4 sixes. Kohli revealed that it was very important for him to bat through the innings in the absence of AB de Villiers. “It was important to bat along when AB is not here, as a senior player. AB was disappointed for not making it for the game tonight and I told him that I’ll give him a hug if we win tonight,” said Virat Kohli during the post-match presentation ceremony.
They both showed composure
Moeen Ali started his innings yesterday much from the same way he left in the game against Mumbai Indians (MI). He played a stunning knock of 66 runs off just 29 balls which consisted of 5 fours and 6 sixes and together with Virat, the duo compiled a fabulous partnership of 90 runs. Marcus Stoinis also smacked some lusty blows towards the end to help RCB complete a strong finish.
“They (Moeen and Stoinis) both showed composure and that’s what you expect from your team-mates. Our communication during second time-out was to get 170-175, we didn’t think we could get 200-plus,” Kohli added.
Virat compiled a staggering century knock which included 9 fours and 4 sixes, to help RCB reach a massive total of 213 runs. Virat became the fifth centurion of VIVO IPL 2019 and he did reckon that it was difficult to put the length balls away. He noted that Moeen’s game-changing innings allowed him to play his natural game.
“It was difficult to put the length balls away. Moeen changed the game completely and that allowed me to play my game. Moeen said I am going to go now and I asked him to go for it. He targeted the small boundaries and changed the game in those few overs,” the RCB skipper concluded.