Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore, on Thursday thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 10 wickets and claimed the top spot in the points table again.
It was RCB’s fourth consecutive win in the IPL 2021. They are the only unbeaten side of the ongoing season of Indian Premier League. First they defeated Mumbai Indians, then Sunrisers Hyderabad and went on to beat Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.
Earlier in the match, Rajasthan Royals had batted first after Virat Kohli after a long time won a toss and chose to bowl first. The decision of the skipper proved to be a good one as Rajasthan lost their openers Jos Buttler and Manan Vohra for the single-digit score. Shivam Dube (46), Riyan Parag (25), and Rahul Tewatia (40) were the major contributors to RR’s final total of 177/9 in 20 overs.
For RCB, Mohammed Siraj picked 3/27 and Harshal Patel took 3/47.
In reply, RCB openers Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli toyed with the opponent bowlers as they chased down the target without even losing a wicket with 21 balls in hand as well. Devdutt Padikkal scored 101* in 52 balls with 11 fours and 6 sixes to his name which is his first century in the IPL and second in T20 format while Kohli remained unbeaten and scored 47-ball 72.
Virat Kohli Blows Kisses To Daughter Vanika Wife And Celebrates Fifty With A Baby Gesture
It’s the first time after few years that RCB skipper has been opening regularly in the season and he has done justice to his spot at the top. Soon after Kohli completed his first half-century of the season, the RCB captain came up with a special gesture for his daughter, Vamika.
Kohli first raised his bat towards his teammates in the dugout, then he pointed towards the stands and dedicated the knock to his daughter by doing a cradle celebration.
Virat Kohli Becomes First to Reach 6,000 Runs in IPL History
Not only this, but Virat Kohli also became the first batsman in the history of the Indian Premier League to reach the 6000-run milestone.
Kohli reached the milestone in the 13th over of the second innings at Wankhede. Kohli hasn’t had the best of starts, having managed just 71 runs in 3 matches. Kohli was dismissed for 5 against Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous outing.
Virat Kohli averages over 50 in all 3 formats – Tests, ODIs and T20Is. On Friday, before the 16th IPL 2021 match between RCB and RR, Kohli needed 51 to reach the milestone of 6000 runs in the Indian Premier League.