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Bangalore: Man-of-the-Match Virat Kohli led from the front, bringing up the winning runs with a four as the Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets, one day after losing to the same opponents in a super over.
The right-hander struck 93* off just 47 balls, with a knock that knocked the wind out of the Sunrisers’ sails. At one point, RCB were in a tricky position, needing 45 runs from 30 balls. But Kohli turned the heat on Amit Mishra, smashing him for two sixes and a four, to bring it down to 24 off 24. Thisara Perera was then given handed the same treatment, with Kohli using all the right-looking strokes to bring the game under his control.
The visitors would have felt that they had a chance after they got rid of Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal, just when the two batsmen were settling down. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be.
Earlier, Kumar Sangakkara won the toss for Sunrisers Hyderabad and chose to bat first.
After adding 12 runs to the scoreboard, opener Akshath Reddy fell after miscuing a shot, to R.Vinay Kumar at mid-on off R.P Singh. This brought skipper Kumar Sangakkara to the crease, who took the Sunrisers to 45-1 alongside Parthiv Patel. Muralitharan got rid of Patel after the former went for an aerial stroke, only to find the ball sneaking in between bat and pad. Bowled.
Kumar Sangakkara then threw his wicket away, stepping forward, only to find Murali Kartik banging it in short. A shot played while in two minds, only ended up in Virat Kohli’s hands. This got Cameron White and Thisara Perera together.
The duo added 80 runs together, with Cameron White using his feet to keep the spinners at bay. Virat Kohli read the signs, and brought back Unadkat. The Saurashtra pacer made the mistake of bowling short, and Perera made him pay the price. It was Vinay Kumar’s turn next, and White and Perera milked 18 runs from with some fierce hitting in over No.16. There was width, and the two helped themselves. R.P Singh restored normalcy by shattering the Lankan’s stumps, when he tried to walk across and scoop the ball over the keeper’s head.
Vinay Kumar went white in the face, as White brought up his 50 with a six. There was some respite after the Aussie holed out to AB de Villiers at the end of the penultimate over.
R.P Singh came in to bowl the final over, and by the time the final over was bowled, the Sunrisers had finished with a total of 161/6 at sunset.
It wouldn’t be enough.