After having registered three back-to-back failures in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, Virat Kohli, finally turned up with the bat as he scored a brilliant 72 not-out [off 53 balls] to guide his side to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
And, by doing that Virat Kohli scaled yet another unchartered territory as he became the first-ever batsman to score 5500+ runs in the history of the Indian Premier League [IPL]. Last year, Kohli had become just the second batsman after Suresh Raina but the fastest to scale Mount.5000 in IPL cricket. The RCB skipper had achieved that milestone in mere 157 innings and he has taken 15 more innings to move past the 5500 mark.
It was typical Virat Kohli innings, glittered with enterprising strokeplay all around the ground backed up brilliant running between the wickets. Kohli stitched a 99-run-stand with the young Devdutt Padikkal, who once again impressed with his solid strokeplay and brilliant composure.
Padikkal was finally dismissed for a 45-ball 63 but the RCB skipper ensured there were no last-minute hiccups to the run-chase, effectively killing the game in Tom Curran’s over by smashing three boundaries. RCB’s win has now taken them to the 1st spot in the points table.