With RCB chasing 201 against KKR, Virat Kohli fought a lone battle, scoring 54 off 37 deliveries.
Virat Kohli scored his fifth half-century of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season but his knock went in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were beaten comprehensively by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday. With RCB chasing 201 against KKR, Kohli hit 54 off 37 deliveries but didn’t have help from any other batter, barring Mahipal Lomror, who produced a fine cameo 34 in 18 balls. However, during his knock in Bengaluru, the 34-year-old achieved yet another milestone
Kohli is now the first batter to score 3,000 or more runs at a single venue in T20s. So far, he has scored 3,015 runs in 92 innings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Following him on the rundown are previous Bangladesh skippers Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah. While Rahim has scored 2,989 runs in 121 innings at the Sher-e-Bangla Arena in Mirpur, Mahmudullah has amassed 2,813 runs at similar scene in 130 innings.
Britain’s Alex Hales is fourth in the rundown, having scored 2,749 runs in 90 T20 innings at the Trent Extension in Nottingham.
Tamim Iqbal, another previous Bangladesh skipper, finishes the main five, having scored 2,706 runs in Mirpur.
Following RCB’s loss to KKR, Kohli was incredulous of his side’s exhibition, saying that they “have the right to lose”.
“To be straightforward we given them the game. We had the right to lose.We were absolutely not up to norm. Assuming that you take a gander at the game, we didn’t exploit our possibilities. We dropped a couple of chances which cost us 25-30 runs,” he said.
Kohli, who drove Bangalore for a third consecutive game with ordinary commander Faf du Plessis playing as an effect sub because of a rib injury, had endeavored to get the pursuit rolling in his 37-ball thump.
Bangalore’s batting wavered after the in-structure Du Plessis fell for 17 following two sixes and Australian large hitter Glenn Maxwell went for five.
Eventually, RCB were limited to 179/8 of every 20 overs.