Virat Kohli was unbeaten at 108 from 58 in Match 35 of IPL 2016 © AFP
Virat Kohli was unbeaten at 108 from 58 in Match 35 of IPL 2016 © AFP

Virat Kohli’s thumping 2nd century cruised Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 7-wickets win against Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in Match 35 of IPL 2016. Travis Head complimented Kohli at the death overs securing 52-runs stand between the two ensuring RCB win a must win match against RPS. Kohli remained unbeaten at 108 off 58 that made the run chase easy for RCB. His partners KL Rahul and Shane Watson did try to keep the momentum going with partnership of 50 with Rahul and 46 with the latter that kept RCB at ease. RPS did try various combinations with bowling though Thisara Perera proved to be expensive conceding 40 by the end of 3 overs. It was RPS newbie spin attack Adam Zampa who was economical with his figures of 2 for 17 by the end of 3 overs, although he was crushed in the death overs by hard hitter Kohli. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiants, IPL 2016, Match 35 at Bangalore

RCB’s opening pair Rahul and Kohli were off to steady start in the initial overs with RPS in control of the game trying to get skipper Kohli early on but missing out run out chances once by George Bailey and the other time by skipper Dhoni missing the stumps on time. It was Rahul taking the charge and went all out in the 4th over ripping apart RP Singh with two sixes in the same over one towards long-off and the other towards cover. By 3.4 overs, Rahul and Kohli accomplished 23-runs stand on board. It was followed by their 50-runs stand after Powerplay with both batsmen looking to race for their half-centuries. But Kohli having the fiery power, cruised through his 6th half-century in this edition of IPL by the 10th over.

RPS new found bowler, Zampa showed some excellent skills with his spin attack scalping two crucial wickets of Rahul breaking the opening partnership and he was dismissed for 38 off 35, as soon as AB de Villiers entered at No.3 he had to depart soon as well for 1 off 3 by the end of 12th over. Zampa was successful to get 2 wickets in his first stint. Shane Watson, coming at No.4 provided some impetus in the middle especially thrashing Thisara Perera in 14th over with 5 boundaries out of which three were consecutive ones that proved to be the big over for RCB that conceded 20 runs.

Watson was unstoppable continuing his form in the next over of RP Singh as well with a six as well a boundary. Until he was unlucky with Singh making no errors to pick the target on time with a brilliant googly going for lbw, unfortunately departing for 36 from 13 in 15.3 overs. The stand between Kohli and Watson of 46-runs was enough to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane and Saurabh Tiwary’s powerful 105-runs stand propelled Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) to put up 191 for 6. Tiwary secured his 2nd half-century and was dismissed for 52 off 39 while Rahane was dismissed in the 19th over for 74 off 48. Skipper MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Thisara Perera’s fiery shots at the death overs did help to boost the scorecard. On the hindsight, RCB were found slopping on the field with misfields, dropped catches at crucial moments. But the bowling department did their part with Shane Watson scalping 3 for 24 at the end of 4 overs, while newbie Chris Jordan and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal picking one apiece.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first. They made few changes to their side with Chris Gayle and Tabraiz Shamsi kept out for this game against RPS, including Pervez Rasool, Chris Jordan playing his first IPL game and Travis Head coming back for his second game.  As for RPS they got back RP Singh in replacement for Murugan Ashwin who in injured and Adam Zampa finally getting his first IPL game.

Brief Scores:

Rising Pune Supergiants  191 for 6 in 20 overs  (Ajinkya Rahane 74, Saurabh Tiwary 52; Shane Watson 3 for 24, Chris Jordan 1 for 43) lose to Royal Challengers Bangalore 195 for 3 in 19.3 overs  (Virat Kohli 108*, KL Rahul 38, Shane Watson 36; Adam Zampa 2 for 35) by 7 wickets

(Shruti Hariharan is a Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)