Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) secured their fourth win of the IPL 2020 season with a convincing 37 runs win over MS Dhoni’s CSK in Dubai. With the win, Kohli’s side entered the race for the Top 4, occupying the 4th place in the IPL 2020 table with 8 points from 6 games.
Virat Kohli seemed to be back to his former self, hitting boundaries and terrorizing bowlers at will as he remained unbeaten on 90* to propel RCB to a challenging total of 169/4 at the end of 20 overs.
Batting first, RCB had a poor start with the opener Aaron Finch getting out early after a slow start. Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal then stitched a patient half-century stand. But the run-rate was hovering around six all the time. With the latter getting out for a 34-ball 33 and AB de Villiers bagging a duck, things got tough for the RCB skipper.
Shardul Thakur did the damage to leave the opposition gasping. Washington Sundar also couldn’t do much batting at five and scored only 10 runs. At the other end, Virat Kohli got settled into the middle and found an able partner in Shivam Dube. The duo got together at 93/4 in the 15th over and desperately needed a partnership to get going.
They took the team’s total to 117/4 after 17 overs with Kohli crossing the 50-run mark as well. From here on, what followed was a carnage. Virat Kohli took the attack to the opposition bowlers churning out 24 runs off Sam Curran‘s last over and then Shardul Thakur was also taken apart for 14 runs.
Kohli didn’t even spare CSK’s death overs specialist and scored 14 runs off the last over of the innings to finish on a competitive total of 169. They didn’t even look like scoring 150 at one stage but their skipper had other ideas who put on an exhibition of some classy batting. Kohli ended up unbeaten on 90 off 52 deliveries with four fours and as many sixes to his name. Rather Kohli ran as many as 50 runs between the wickets during his stay in the middle.
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The CSK openers Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson couldn’t start well for the team. The slow start meant they were once again behind the asking rate from the word go. After the first three overs went relatively quiet, both the batsmen tried to take on the off-spinner Washington Sundar. But ended up throwing their wickets to the same bowler. CSK were reeling at 26/2 after six overs and once again needed the middle-order to turn things around.
Ambati Rayudu and Narayan Jagadeesan, who replaced Kedar Jadhav in the XI, then joined hands together to rebuild the innings. But the partnership crawled to 64 runs in around nine overs which made things worse for CSK. The latter upped the ante but the required run-rate was too high and he eventually got run out in a strange way.
With 81 needed off 34 deliveries, MS Dhoni walked in and smashed Yuzvendra Chahal for a huge six as well. But he got out in the same over in trying to hit yet another maximum leaving CSK in the middle muddle. There was hope then for the hope as the required run-rate shot up. Rayudu was set but could never hit big shots and literally crawled his way to 42 off 40 deliveries.
CSK ended the innings on 135/8 in their 20 overs losing in yet another chase and they remain at the seventh position in the points table with only four points to their name after playing seven matches