SRH vs RCB Highlights: Virat Kohli’s record-equalling ton boosts Royal Challengers Bangalore’s playoffs hopes | Cricket Information – Occasions of India

NEW DELHI: Chasemaster Virat Kohli fired his sixth ton, trumping Heinrich Klaasen‘s maiden IPL century as Royal Challengers Bangalore continued their sturdy march in the direction of playoffs with a crushing eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a high-scoring thriller in Hyderabad.
After a panoramic 104 from Klaasen that lit up the Uppal Stadium, Kohli and Faf du Plessis placed on their superhero capes because the duo made a mockery of the 187 chase.

Firing the best partnership of the season, Kohli and du Plessis added 172 runs for the opening wicket as Bangalore cruised to their seventh win and sneaked into the highest 4, pushing Mumbai Indians to the fifth.

Slamming his sixth century and first since 2019, batting virtuoso Kohli additionally equalled Chris Gayle’s file of hitting most tons of within the largest cricket league on this planet.

After Kohli and du Plessis’ mammoth fourth century-plus partnership, Glenn Maxwell and Michael Bracewell wrapped up the chase with 4 balls to spare.
Klaasen displayed his big-hitting prowess, slamming six sixes and eight fours throughout his scintillating 51-ball 104-run knock to raise SRH to 186 for 5 from 28 for two within the fifth over.

However Kohli (100) had different plans as he and du Plessis (71) helped RCB chase down the goal with their magnificent ball-striking on solution to a record-breaking opening stand.
RCB at the moment are at no.4 on the desk resulting from their higher web run fee though they’re tied with Mumbai on 14 factors. They’ll, nonetheless, must win their subsequent match to remain within the combine as Chennai Tremendous Kings and Lucknow Tremendous Giants are at 15 factors with one match to go.
Kohli was all class as he hit 4 maximums and 12 fours in his 63-ball knock, whereas du Plessis cracked seven fours and two sixes in his 47-ball knock as the 2 dished out a chasing masterclass.
Usually criticised for slowing down put up the powerplay, Kohli settled the controversy with some extraordinary photographs as he saved dealing in boundaries within the center overs to by no means let the tempo slip.


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Needing a win to remain in play-off rivalry, Kohli and du Plessis gave RCB a flying begin to their chase. The in-form opening duo performed some beautiful photographs, piling up 64 within the first six overs.
Kohli began the proceedings with two hits throughout the ropes off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, earlier than slamming spinner Abhishek Sharma for 2 extra boundaries.
The skipper then joined the celebration, punishing Kartik Tyagi for bowling quick with three fours although he was dropped by Glenn Phillips in between on the boundary line.
Kohli then performed an beautiful shot at deep additional cowl for an additional 4 as 18 runs got here off the fourth over.
Du Plessis subsequent deposited Bhuvneshwar over deep sq. leg and adopted it up with one other 4 with RCB accumulating 14 runs off the over.
Figuring out properly that web run fee would possibly come into play to determine the highest 4, Kohli and du Plessis saved their foot on the pedal with the previous pulling debutant Nitish Reddy over deep mid.
Mayank Dagar pulled off an unbelievable catch on the boundary line however du Plessis survived after umpire referred to as it a no-ball as Nitish was responsible of bowling a second bouncer.
After two quiet overs, du Plessis blasted Abhishek for a six and a 4, earlier than Bhuvneshwar got here within the firing line, conceding 4 boundaries because the fifteenth over yielded 18 runs.
Kohli accomplished his hundred with one other six off Bhuvneshwar earlier than holing out within the subsequent ball. Du Plessis adopted go well with with T Natarajan’s slower supply doing the trick.
Glenn Maxwell and Michael Bracewell then accomplished the job.
Earlier, Klaasen solid a 76-run partnership with Aiden Markram (18) earlier than including one other 74 off 36 balls with Harry Brook (27 not out) to take SRH to a aggressive complete.
Already out of playoff race, SRH as soon as once more had a poor begin with Rahul Tripathi (15) and Abhishek Sharma (11) frittering away good begins.
It was off-spinner Michael Bracewell who struck twice, eradicating each the openers in his first three balls. Whereas Abhishek hit straight to Lomror at cowl, Tripathi discovered the nice leg fielder off his slog paddle sweep.
Klaasen hammered three fours off Shahbaz Ahmed to energy the Sunrisers to 49 for two within the powerplay.
Klassen rocked again and pulled each time the ball was quick as Bracewell and Harshal Patel was despatched throughout the ropes, whereas Karn Sharma was dispatched for a 74-metre six.
Karn Sharma was then punished for bowling over-pitched with Klaasen depositing him into the stands. The South African accomplished his fifty in 24 balls.
Whereas Klaasen was in full movement, Markram managed simply run-a-ball 18 earlier than his off stump was pegged again by Shahbaz whereas he seemed for a reverse hit.
Brook then picked up a 4 and 6 off Karn Sharma, who bled 21 runs, with Klaasen too lifting him over cowl.
Du Plessis’ determination to make Shahbaz bowl the seventeenth over backfired as Klaasen clobbered the primary two balls over the bowler’s head, whereas Brook despatched one nice.

Parnell nailed the yorkers to concede simply seven runs within the subsequent over however Klaasen then plundered Harshal over his head to convey up his hundred. He was dismissed one ball latter whereas searching for one other huge shot.
(With inputs from PTI)
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