Mumbai, April 30: Virat Kohli scored his first half-century of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and added 99 runs for the second wicket with Rajat Patidar (52) as Royal Challengers Bangalore recorded a defensible 170/6 in 20 overs against Gujarat Titans. at Brabourne Stadium here on Saturday.
Kohli, a former India and Royal Challengers captain who was advised by former India team coach Ravi Shastri to take a break from the IPL to reinvigorate his batting, glimpsed a welcome return to form when he scored an excellent half-century while he and Patidar established a platform from which RCB could have reached a score of over 180, but fell short due to some good bowling from the Gujarat Titans.
Royal Challengers got off to a decent start despite losing skipper Faf du Plessis in the second over, thanks mainly to Virat Kohli who helped them to 43/0 in power-lay.
Kohli started by hitting his India teammate Mohammad Shami in fours in a row in the first round: first, a hit beyond the middle of a more complete pitch and, second, a much better shot that came off his pads to the deep square-legged fence.
The same treatment was given to Alzarri Joseph, hitting two superb shots in the first two deliveries of the English pacemaker in this game. That cost the Gujarat Titans 13 runs as Rajat Patidar also helped himself to a limit. 50 of the innings came in 39 balls.
In the 10 over, Kohli hit Lockie Ferguson for a six and four in succession, backing off and hitting him just over the long rope for max, and with Patidar bowling the final 10 ball for a four, Royal Challengers Bangalore sailed to 76/ 1 in the intermediate stage.
Kohli completed his half-century in 45 balls, hitting six bounds and a six. He found a good partner in Rajat Patidar, who scored a blustery 52 from 32 balls to shore up RCB’s innings. Patidar hit Alzarri Joseph for a six, a mid-wicket shot, followed by a four on the 11th and earlier had bashed Rashid Khan for a six towards the cow’s corner. He completed his half-century with 29 balls, hitting five bounds and two sixes before sweeping Shubhaman Gill into the square leg off Sangwan.
Kohli and Patidar added 99 runs for the second wicket that propelled RCB from 11/1 to 110/2, a platform from which they could build their innings for a grand total.
But after losing his partner, Kohli didn’t survive either and was out for 58 on the score of 129 when Shami cleaned him up with a yorker as Kohli tried to make room to play a coverage drive.
RCB sent Dinesh Karthik into No. 5 hoping to add some quick runs, but the Tamil Nadu veteran didn’t stay in the middle for long as he overcame a tug on Rashid Khan’s short, thin leg when RCB dropped from 110/1 after 14 to 143/4 in 18.
Glenn Maxwell departed after an 18-ball 33, hitting three fours and two sixes during his brief cameo. Mahipal Lomror landed a pair of hard shots scoring 16 from eight balls – he was caught twice in the final over, once on a wire across the ground and then David Miller in the final delivery, as Royal Challengers reached a defensible. score in their first afternoon match at IPL 2022.
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 170/6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 58, Rajat Patidar 52, Glenn Maxwell 33; Pradeep Sangwan 2/19, Rashid Khan 1/29) vs. Gujarat Titans.