RCB vs SRH Highlights: Virat Kohli showed his class in a run-chase yet again as his century helped Royal Challengers Bangalore secure an eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on Thursday, May 18.
Sent in to bat first, the home side got off to a shaky start, losing both openers in the fifth over. However, Heinrich Klaasen came in at the loss of the second wicket and completely took over from that point. The South African batter was in a murderous mood from ball one, regardless of the situation his team found itself in. He raced to his half-century in 24 balls and kept the pedal to the metal.
With skipper Aiden Markram and then Harry Brook playing supporting roles, Klaasen kept pummeling the Bangalore attack to all parts of the ground, bringing up a fantastic century off just 49 balls. He was eventually dismissed for 104 off 51 balls, an innings studded with eight fours and six sixes. With no other batter crossing 30, Sunrisers posted a creditable 186/5 in their 20 overs.
Mohammad Siraj was the pick of the bowlers for Bangalore, taking 1/17 in his four overs, while Michael Bracewell did the early damage by dismissing both openers. Shahbaz Ahmed and Harshal Patel also picked up a wicket each.
Kohli and Plessis Stitched 172-run Opening Partnership
Bangalore’s openers began the chase in a robust fashion, with Kohli taking on the role of aggressor at the start. However, skipper Faf du Plessis soon caught up and the two experienced batters started matching each other stroke for stroke. Bangalore reached 100 for no loss in the 12th over, with du Plessis and Kohli bringing up their respective half-centuries soon after.
With du Plessis happy to give his opening partner the strike, Kohli pushed on from that point and brought up a fine century off just 62 balls in the 18th over. He was dismissed off the very next ball, however, departing for a sparkling 100 with 12 fours and four sixes. Although du Plessis was also dismissed in the next over for 71 off 47 balls, Glenn Maxwell and Bracewell finished the game off for Bangalore with four balls to spare.
RCB openers also set a new blazing record for the most number of runs in a partnership between two openers in any IPL edition to date. They have added 872 runs for the opening wicket in IPL 2023 so far.
With the win, Bangalore moved into the coveted fourth place in the IPL table, ahead of the Mumbai Indians on the basis of Net Run Rate with one match left to play. Hyderabad, however, brings up the rear and is in last place on the table after this result.
RCB vs SRH Highlights:
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 186-5 in 20 overs(Heinrich Klaasen 104, Michael Bracewell 2-17)lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 187-2 in 19.2 overs(Virat Kohli 100, Faf du Plessis 71, T Natarajan 1-34)by 8 wickets.