Virat Kohli (right), and explosive batsman AB de Villiers scored respective half-centuries © AFP
Virat Kohli (right), and explosive batsman AB de Villiers scored respective half-centuries © AFP

Vistors Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli, and explosive batsman AB de Villiers scored respective half-centuries, as RCB registered an all-important nine-wicket win over former champions and hosts Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in Match 48 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, at the historic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on Monday. Sunil Narine was the only wicket-taker for KKR in the innings. Earlier, RCB skipper Kohli won the toss and elected to field first, as KKR posted a challenging total of 183 for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs, courtesy of twin half-centuries from Gautam Gambhir (51) and Manish Pandey (50), while Sreenath Aravind claimed a couple for 41. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Match 48 at Kolkata

The RCB openers in the form of Kohli and Gayle started off in an explosive manner, as they contributed crucial 71 runs opening stand, before Gayle, who seemed to be going good, unfortunately fell at the score of 49 to the mystery spinner Narine, who trapped him leg-before, as his innings off 31 deliveries, including five boundaries and a couple of sixes, along with a strike rate of 158, came to an end in the eighth over. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016, Match 48 at Kolkata

Nevertheless, it was hardly anything to panic for RCB, as Kohli along with de Villiers were the men who made sure that RCB see this match off comfortably, and they eventually made it happen. Meanwhile, Kohli brought up his half-century off 37 deliveries, including three boundaries, and a couple of sixes, along with a strike rate of 147. He also surpassed 7600 runs in the season, and became the first Indian player to do so in the tournament. Virat Kohli scores most runs in a single IPL season

Just as they kept going, de Villiers too brought up his half-century in 19 deliveries, including three boundaries, and three sixes, along with a strike rate of 190. In the due course, Kohli achieved his second landmark of the evening, becoming the highest run scorer in a single season of the IPL, as he surpasses Gayle and Michael Hussey. The KKR bowlers failed to get any further breakthroughs, as both the batsmen steered RCB to a comfortable nine wicket win.

Brief scores:

Kolkata Knight Riders 183 for 5 in 20 overs (Gautam Gambhir 51, Manish Pandey 50; Sreenath Aravind 2 for 41) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 186 for 1 in 18.4 overs (Virat Kohli 75, AB de Villiers 59; Sunil Narine 1 for 34) by 9 wickets.

Man of the Match: Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)