IPL 2019, RCB vs KKR: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers power Royal Challengers Bangalore to 205/3 vs Kolkata Knight Riders

A Virat Kohli master-class and an AB de Villiers special could very well put Royal Challengers Bangalore out of their misery as they chase their first win of the IPL 2019 with the skipper putting on a clinic with 84 off 49 balls to power Bangalore to 205/3 against Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 17 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore on Friday. (FOLLOW: MATCH BLOG, RCB vs KKR)

Kohli put on 108 runs with de Villiers for the second wicket – the duo’s third hundred-run stand in the IPL – after being put in to bat. Right from the word go, Kohli was in sublime touch, opening his account with a picture-perfect cover drive off the first over bowled by Prasidh Krishna, he followed it up with another one leaning forward for his second boundary.(FOLLOW SCORE: RCB vs KKR)

Lockie Ferguson was taken for three fours in the second over – all hit by Kohli – as he achieved the the milestone of 8000 T20 runs, only the second Indian to do so after Suresh Raina, and by the time Parthiv Patel (25) got out to part-timer Nitish Rana, Kohli had raced to 38 off 24 balls, taking Bangalore to 64/1 in eight overs. (ALSO READ: Virat Kohli second Indian to 8000 T20 runs)

However, the Indian skipper did ride his luck when he was dropped at short mid wicket by Sunil Narine in the 8th over, and Kohli punished KKR bowlers with aplomb, racing to his fifty off 30 balls, guiding one to third man boundary off Piyush Chawla.

De Villiers had an early reprieve when Ferguson, running in from long-on failed to hold on to tough chance after the South African top edged a big swing off Kuldeep Yadav.

After that, De Villiers of old was on show as he upped the ante in style clobbering Narine for two fours in an over and then hit Andre Russell for two sixes in the 14th over. Rana was taken apart when Kohli added a four and six and then De Villiers closed out the over with another hit for a six.

With two back-to-back boundaries off Krishna, De Villiers got to his 31st IPL fifty off just 28 balls. Ferguson’s second over -17th off the match – was taken for 19 runs with a six and a four by Kohli, before de Villiers dispatched one wide of fine leg.

But, Kuldeep held on to a superb return catch to remove Kohli in the 18th over. But the job was done as the second-wicket association of 108 came off just 55 balls. During the knock, Kohli also surpassed Raina to become the highest run-getter in IPL history as well.

KKR did rein things in after Kohli’s dismissal with Narine sending down a tidy 19th over, giving away just six runs, in the process removing de Villiers for 63 off 32 balls, but Krishna conceded 18 runs off the final over as Marcus Stoinis (28*) took RCB past 200.

Brief Scores: RCB 205/3 (Virat Kohli 84, AB de Villiers 63; Nitish Rana 1/22) vs KKR