How good does it feel to see a captain step up on a big night and assure his boys saying, “Hey, I got this one!”? Virat Kohli did exactly that and scored a jaw-dropping 19-ball 44 to chase down a target of 81 from 6 overs in a rain-hit game. The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper displayed a beautiful exhibition of batting and held his nerve to take his team to the finish line. The win also sees RCB shoot up to the 2nd position on the IPL 2015 points table.
It has been traditionally warm and dry this summer in Hyderabad and suddenly, the heavens opened up on Friday night to trim down the Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore game to 11 overs a side. Batting first, the home team posted a gigantic total of 135/3 riding on half-centuries from David Warner and Moises Henriques. After another short rain delay, the target for the Royal Challengers was revised to 81 runs from 6 overs. Skipper Virat Kohli (44*) and Chris Gayle (35) played handy knocks to see their team home.
Sunrisers Hyderabad post massive 135, thanks to Warner and Henriques special:
The Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a steady start but lost Shikhar Dhawan (8) early in the innings. David Warner was then joined by his Australian teammate Moises Henriques and the latter batted on top gear from the first ball he faced. As Warner rotated the strike and got the occasional boundary, Henriques smashed the helpless RCB bowlers all over the park. He scored a whirlwind 57 off just 22 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes. Warner too scored a well-composed 52* off 32 balls and Sunrisers Hyderabad posted a mammoth 135/3 in 11 overs. Barring Mitchell Starc and David Wiese, all the other RCB bowlers were taken to the cleaners.
“Gaylestorm” silences Sunrisers, Virat Kohli takes RCB home after mini-collapse:
The game was interrupted once again due to the rain and the target for the Royal Challengers was revised to 81 runs from 6 overs by the Duckworth-Lewis Method. Swashbuckling RCB opener Chris Gayle shell-shocked the Hyderabad crowd as he smashed Dale Steyn for 17 runs in the first over. The onslaught continued as the big Jamaican scored 24 runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling to take the team total to 41/0 after 2 overs.
Henriques’ moment of brilliance in vain as RCB prevail in the end:
Moises Henriques was handed the ball in the third over and he turned the game completely by snaring the wickets of Chris Gayle (35 off 10) and AB de Villiers (0). Virat Kohli now had the responsibility of chasing down the target all by himself. He played to his strengths and made the leg-side boundary his target zone. Virat Kohli displayed great character throughout the chase and ensured that the innings run-rate did not dip further. With 23 runs needed from the last two overs, Kohli slammed a six over mid-wicket and long on to score 10 runs off that over and bring down the equation to 13 runs from 6 balls.
Bhuvneshwar was given the responsibility of bowling the last over in this crunch match and he bowled two great balls and conceded only 1 run. With 12 needed off the last 4 balls, Virat Kohli conjured two consecutive boundaries off Bhuvneshwar and hit the penultimate ball of the over straight down the wicket. David Warner at long-off took the catch and unknowingly stepped on the boundary rope and the match ended there as it was rightly called a six by the umpire. The captain was flocked by his teammates in no time as he had almost single-handedly taken his team to the 2nd position. Virat Kohli was also adjudged the man of the match.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 135/3 (11): Moises Henriques (57), David Warner 52*, David Wiese 2/20 lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 83/4 (6): Virat Kohli 44*, Chris Gayle 35, Moises Henriques 2/3 by 6 wickets (D/L method)