IPL 2024 Points Table: Royal Challengers Bengaluru Register First Victory. The Leaders Are…

Mar25,2024


Royal Challengers Bengaluru registered their first win in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 and moved to sixth place in the points table. Virat Kohli was the top performer for RCB with a brilliant 77 runs, while Dinesh Karthik finished it off in style as the team bounced back from the defeat against Chennai Super Kings in the opening match. Rajasthan Royals currently top the table thanks to the best net run rate (NRR), followed by CSK, Gujarat Titans, Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings.

Virat Kohli scored a brilliant half-century on a slightly sticky pitch that took the visitors on a joy ride on Holi day as Royal Challengers Bangalore registered a four-wicket win over Punjab Kings.

The target of 177 runs was not very difficult but due to the nature of the deck it needed to be reduced carefully.

Kohli (77, 49b, 11×4, 2×6) powered it to near perfection as RCB reached 178 for six with four balls to spare to register their first win of this IPL.

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With Royal Challengers needing 47 runs from 24 balls at that point, Dinesh Karthik (28 not out off 10 balls) and 'impact player' Mahipal Lomror (17 not out, 8 balls) pulled them past the ropes with some sensible cricket. Karthik, the team's designated finisher, showed he can switch from the microphone to the willow with ease as he rounded Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh to finish in style with minimal fuss.

Kohli's innings was not a flawless effort as he got a life on the first ball for a duck and again when he was on 33, with fast bowler Sam Curran suffering the loss both times.

But when Kohli bats at such a high level it is a momentary distraction – for him and for the fans.

He showed this as he hit three more fours after the first ball fell on Curran and scored 16 runs in the opening over of the chase.

He had his money shots too – cover drives, sweat-flicks, lofts over extra cover as Kohli single-handedly dismantled the Kings attack.

But one shot stood out from the rest because of its timing and execution. Rabada, who was otherwise brilliant for figures of 2/23, edged one slightly short, and Kohli danced brilliantly over cover for four.

There is a touch of Kohli's talent in the inside out maximum over cover of leg spinner Rahul Chahar.

Those shorts also testified to Kohli's class on a difficult deck, where other RCB batsmen like Cameron Green and Glenn Maxwell were struggling to make headway against Rabada and hugely influential spinner Harpreet Brar (2/13).

This was reflected in the fact that the highest partnership in RCB's innings was a 43-run stand for the third wicket between Kohli and Rajat Patidar (18, 18b).

But Kohli's only odyssey ended when his slash on a slower ball from Harshal Patel at off-stump failed to generate enough power and distance to clear Brar at deep third man.

(With PTI inputs)

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