IPL 2019: When Virat Kohli lived up to his promise against the Knight Riders

Virat got to his fifty in 57 deliveries.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. (Photo Source: Facebook)

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Virat Kohli has had a rough time in this edition’s Indian Premier League (IPL). The 30-year-old is currently plying his trade for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who are currently languishing at the bottom of the points table. However, the franchise has managed to find some form with two victories in their last three games. Their last victory came against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

The game was played at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata and it was the Delhi-born Virat, who came to the party and scripted the magnificent victory in the City of Joy. The 30-year-old notched a century off 57 balls before getting out to Harry Gurney in the final delivery of the Challengers innings. The stupendous knock was laced with nine glorious fours and four hits over the ropes.

De Villiers must be pretty happy

He got to his half-century in 40 balls, but he pressed the accelerator and scored his next 50 runs in a mere 17 balls. The masterclass helped RCB to 213 that turned out to be a winning total. After the match-winning knock, Virat told that he would go and get the century for AB de Villiers, who missed the last match, RCB’s leading run-scorer this season before the erstwhile match.

“Before leaving, I told AB I will get a hundred for you, so he must be pretty happy,” Virat was quoted as saying to the broadcasters.

De Villiers copped a blow on his helmet from Jasprit Bumrah in the game against the Mumbai Indians (MI). Thereafter, he was immediately treated by the team physiotherapist. He also scored a magnificent 75 in that game and that knock came in a losing cause.

In eight matches, de Villiers has scored 307 runs at an average of 51.16 and a strike-rate of 154.27. RCB would want their prolific run-getter to recover at the earliest and get back to action.

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