IPL4: Kohli blasts RCB to 175/4 against CSK

Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 22:06 [IST]
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Kolhi blasts RCB to 175/4 against CSK

Being put into bat, the Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to forceful start with opener Mayank Agarwal striking the first ball of the innings to the boundary. In the second over, Doug Bollinger bowled four byes, enabling the opposition to climb to 12/0, before Agarwal dispatched Albie Morkel to the fence twice in the third. Then no sooner did the other opener Chris Gayle, start to loosen up with a six off R Ashwin, than he was trapped in front for 8 off 9 balls and the Royal Challengers were 30/1 in 3.3 overs.

But Agarwal didn't allow the set-back to get to him and immediately swatted Bollinger for two fours, one past point and the other through mid-off. A couple of quiet overs ensued as Bangalore scaled to 50/1 in 7 overs. The batting duo took 9 runs off Shadab Jakati in the 8th over, including a four by Virat Kohli. At the end of the following over, Dwayne Bravo got another breakthrough when he dismissed Agarwal for 34 off 33 balls as the score read 65/2 in 9 overs.

In the 10th over, Kohli hit Jakati for a boundary to take RCB to 73/2. Then in a dramatic 12th over, A B de Villiers lofted Jakati into the stands only to be caught in the deep three balls later. He had to depart for 11 off 10 balls as the Challengers slipped to 85/3 in 11.5 overs. Kohli counter-attacked by smacking Suresh Raina for a four before Luke Pomersbach carted Jakati for a maximum to bring up RCB's 100 in the 14th over. Pomersbach continued hitting aggressive shots, knocking two fours off Bravo, before depositing him over mid wicket for a six as the RCB climbed to 122/3 in 15 overs.

In the following over, Kohli got into the act, clobbering Ashwin for a six. But this duo's fruitful stand was brought to an end when Bollinger bowled Pomersback for 29 off 18 balls. RCB was in some trouble at 133/4 in 16.4 overs. Unperturned, a cool Kolhi teamed up with new batsman Saurabh Tiwary to each smack a four off Ashwin in the 18th over as the score moved onto 148/4. Then Kohli ran a double in the penutimate over to take his side to 150/4, before sending Morkel to the fence and twice over it as well. Bollinger wrapped up the innings with a boundary-less last over as RCB finished on 175/4 with Kohi unbeaten on 70 off 44 balls.

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