IPL 2023: Virat Kohli roars in RCB's win against SRH
Hyderabad/UNI: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) secured a win and two crucial points after a remarkable chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Thursday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Thursday.
Virat Kohli's chase masterclass and his scintillating century overshadowed Heinrich Klaasen's ton in a gripping run-fest.
Chasing 187 to win, Bangalore got off to a flying start courtesy of in-form openers - Kohli and captain Faf du Plessis.
Kohli hit from the word go and was off the mark with two timely strokes before Faf jumped on the bandwagon. The fifty partnership was up yet again in the tournament for Bangalore's opening duo and the visitors moved to 64/0 after 6 overs.
Hyderabad nearly put an end to the opening partnership after Mayank Dagar took a sensational catch however on a delivery that unfortunately turned out to be a no ball, adding to Hyderabad's worries.
The duo looked unstoppable with the bat as both Faf and Kohli reached their respective half-centuries and Bangalore were cruising at 108/0 with 8 overs to go.
Kohli was at his sublime best and left everyone in awe as the 150-run partnership was up for the opening wicket. The equation was down to 23 off 18 for the visitors as Hyderabad kept searching for the opening wicket.
Kohli smashed a maximum off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's bowling to reach his first century of the season in style.
Hyderabad bounced back to dismiss both the Bangalore openers in quick succession but it was too late for the home side as Bangalore chased down the target with four balls to spare.
Earlier, Hyderabad were put into bat first by Bangalore. The visitors kept things tight with the ball and restricted the striking as the hosts were 7/0 after the first two overs.
Rahul Tripathi and Abhishek Sharma finally got going but Hyderabad openers were soon back in the hut after Michael Bracewell dismissed the opening duo in the same over.
Heinrich Klaasen, who was the next man in for Hyderabad, started aggressively with his beautiful backfoot strokes and the home side were 49/2 at the end of powerplay.
Hyderabad skipper Aiden Markram kept the runs ticking from one end while Klaasen took responsibility for the majority of the striking. The fifty partnership for the third wicket was up in just 29 deliveries and SRH were 81/2 after 10 overs.
Klaasen continued his fine run of form and scored his third half-century of the season. Markram on the other end tried to switch gears but the Hyderabad skipper was cleaned up by Shahbaz Ahmed in an attempt to play the reverse-sweep.
Harry Brook, who was the next batter in the middle, complemented the well-set Klaasen by finding boundaries immediately. The duo smacked 21 runs off the 17th over.
Klaasen reached his Maiden IPL century with a stylish maximum straight down the ground. However, Harshal Patel cleaned the Hyderabad batsman with a perfect slower delivery.
Mohammad Siraj nailed the final over by giving away just 4 runs and scalping a wicket on the final ball of the innings as Hyderabad finished with 186/5 on board.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 187/2 (Virat Kohli 100, Faf du Plessis 71; T Natarajan 1/34) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 186/5 (Heinrich Klaasen 104, Harry Brook 27; Michael Bracewell 2/13) by 8 wickets.