Virat Kohli's Flick Stuns Commentators as RCB Triumphs Over KKR

Virat Kohli’s Flick Stuns Commentators as RCB Triumphs Over KKR

Virat Kohli’s scintillating half-century propelled Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) to a thrilling four-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.

Kohli, continuing his impressive form in the tournament, crafted a masterful innings amidst a flurry of wickets at the other end. His exquisite flick off KKR’s star acquisition Mitchell Starc in the third over, resulting in a towering six, left commentators Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Kishan in awe.

“What a shot. Look at that bottom hand,” exclaimed Gavaskar.

RCB skipper Faf du Plessis opted to bat first after winning the toss, recognizing the fresh wicket’s potential. However, KKR’s bowlers made early inroads, dismissing Cameron Green and Rajat Patidar cheaply.

Undeterred, Kohli anchored the innings with his trademark composure, finding boundaries and rotating the strike with ease. He received support from Glenn Maxwell, who contributed a valuable 32, and Anuj Rawat, who chipped in with 24.

KKR’s bowling attack, led by Starc and Varun Chakaravarthy, kept RCB in check, but Kohli’s resilience proved too much to handle. He reached his half-century off 38 deliveries, setting the stage for a thrilling finish.

With RCB needing 15 runs off the final over, Dinesh Karthik stepped up to the plate. The veteran wicketkeeper-batter smashed two boundaries off Harshit Rana to seal the victory with two balls to spare.

KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer, who won the toss and elected to bowl first, admitted that the wicket offered assistance to spinners. He praised his team’s bowling performance but acknowledged the need to capitalize on starts.

“It is important to stay in the present. We have to see to it that we capitalize on the start,” said Iyer.

RCB’s victory marked their second consecutive win of the season, while KKR suffered their first defeat. Both teams will be eager to maintain their momentum in the upcoming matches.