The VIRAT KOHLI show at Dharamshala, ends PBLKS hopes for rest of the IPL 2024

While Kohli fell short of a well-deserved century, his vintage knock of 92 runs off just 47 deliveries played a pivotal role in securing a crucial victory for RCB.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faithful witnessed a return to form for their beloved batsman Virat Kohli on Thrusday against the Punjab Kings (PBKS). While Kohli fell short of a well-deserved century, his vintage knock of 92 runs off just 47 deliveries played a pivotal role in securing a crucial victory for RCB.

Vintage Kohli: Wristy Flicks and Power Hitting:

The innings was a throwback to the Kohli of old, showcasing his signature style – powerful wristy flicks through the midwicket region and his trademark hard running between the wickets. As the innings progressed, he seamlessly transitioned into his six-hitting mode, dispatching deliveries over the ropes with effortless power. Kohli finished the innings with a well-rounded tally of six sixes, a testament to his complete batting repertoire.

A Controlled Approach Despite Limited Strike:

Despite opening the batting for RCB, Kohli didn’t have the luxury of a free-flowing start. The powerplay overs, often considered a batsman’s paradise, saw him face only 14 deliveries. This was likely a tactical decision by RCB to ensure a solid foundation for the innings. However, once settled, Kohli displayed his ability to manipulate the bowling attack with exceptional strike rate, exceeding 150 after the initial cautious period.

Partnerships Fuel RCB’s Rise:

While Kohli was the anchor, his brilliance was amplified by valuable partnerships with his fellow batsmen. Rajat Patidar emerged as the more aggressive partner during their crucial stand, keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Later, the arrival of Cameron Green provided another impetus to the innings. These partnerships allowed Kohli to pace his innings and unleash his full potential in the latter stages.

A Heartbreaking Near Miss:

With his characteristic determination, Kohli seemed poised to reach his second three-figure score of the season. The crowd in Dharamsala was on its feet, anticipating the landmark moment. However, fate had other plans. A wide delivery from Arshdeep Singh proved to be his undoing. Kohli, attempting a flamboyant cut shot, sliced the ball high in the air, only to be caught at deep cover in the 18th over, falling agonizingly short of a well-deserved century.

A Crucial Win Despite the Missed Milestone:

Although Kohli couldn’t convert his knock into a century, his contribution was instrumental in RCB’s comprehensive victory. His calculated aggression and partnerships with other batsmen propelled RCB to a formidable total, making the chase considerably difficult for PBKS. While Kohli’s fans were left with a tinge of disappointment at his dismissal, they acknowledged the significance of his innings in securing two crucial points for RCB.