Virat Kohli Scripts History, Becomes First Indian Ever To Achieve Massive Feat

Apr2,2024



Virat Kohli played his 100th T20 match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday as Royal Challengers Bangalore took on Lucknow Super Giants in an IPL 2024 match. The star batsman of the Indian cricket team became the first Indian player in history to play 100 T20 matches at a single venue. The second place belongs to Rohit Sharma who has played 80 matches in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. MS Dhoni is at third place with 69 matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Indian players who have played most T20 matches at one venue:

100 – Virat Kohli at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

80 – Rohit Sharma at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

69 – MS Dhoni at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Quinton de Kock showcased his exceptional hitting skills with a half-century but Lucknow Super Giants could not progress to 181 for five in their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

De Kock (81 off 55) selected the bowlers and the conditions around the field to play his shots with precision, but the RCB bowlers, barring Nicholas Pooran (40 off 21), bowled out the other batsmen on a generous pitch. Not allowed to score runs freely. Shades of green.

The Super Giants went on very quickly and reached 32 runs without loss in three overs and then scored 54 runs in the power play.

Most of the runs came from the blades of de Kock, who took particular liking to fast bowler Mohammed Siraj.

The South African left-hander hit three sixes off him – two in a row – spread over two overs – two powerful pulls and a beautiful loft over mid-wicket.

KL Rahul, who captained the side after coming in as an impact sub against Punjab Kings in the last game, started slowly scoring six runs from his first 10 balls.

But a six off left-arm fast bowler Yash Dayal, which was hit straight over the bowler's head, gave some momentum to his innings and later he hit a six off spinner Glenn Maxwell, and he was a bit lucky as Silver Patidars could do this. In no time, he jumped well near the rope and collected the ball.

However, Rahul was out on the very next ball, which landed in the palms of Mayank Dagar inside the circle while attempting to pull Maxwell's good length delivery.

Devdutt Padikkal struggled a lot during his six runs off 11 balls and Siraj finally relieved him of his misery when the left-hander's pull was stopped by stumper Anuj Rawat, who ran back a few yards to catch the ball. .

After Padikkal's dismissal, De Kock and Marcus Stoinis (24, 15b) added 56 runs in 30 balls for the third wicket.

De Kock, who brought up his half-century in 36 balls, continued his form during the stand as Stoinis hit a six each off Maxwell and Cameron Green.

But this blossoming partnership ended when Stoinis' half-hearted swat was edged to point by Dagar.

At that time LSG's score was 143 runs for four wickets in 16.3 overs and they needed a few more runs to reach the safe side.

Pooran, who hit three consecutive sixes off left-arm pacer Topley in the 19th over and two more sixes off Siraj in the final over, provided the final attack, but LSG would have liked a bigger total.

(With PTI inputs)

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