Virat Kohli played a couple of delightful shots during his short stay at the crease against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. Chasing a competitive target of 176, RCB were on the backfoot after losing opener Parthiv Patel's wicket early on. After suffering an early setback, the RCB skipper decided to attack the bowlers right from the word 'Go'. He resorted to his aggressive style of batting and hit two boundaries and a maximum. However, it was that one six which was hit by him that made a huge impact.
It happened in the second over of RCB's run chase which was bowled by Khaleel Ahmed. On the second delivery, Khaleel bowled a slower one outside the off stump as Kohli played a lofted shot to perfection as the ball landed in the stands and the home fans erupted in joy.
The video of Kohli's breathtaking lofted shot was posted on Twitter. Watch it here.
Unfortunately, Kohli could not be in the middle for too long nor could he play an impactful knock to take his team over the line as he was dismissed by Khaleel a couple of deliveries later. The RCB skipper scored a 7-ball 16 at a strike rate of 228.57. But, it was the 21-year old left-arm pacer who had the last laugh when he tricked his Indian captain to play a big shot by bowling a good length delivery outside off stump. Kohli gets an edge and Wriddhiman Saha makes no mistakes behind the stumps.
After Kohli and de Villiers' dismissals in quick succession, the hosts were reeling at 20/3. Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh then added 144 runs for the fourth wicket. Both of them played a stellar knock and took RCB on the cusp of victory. Hetmyer scored a 47-ball 75 while Gurkeerat scored a 48-ball 65. Their knocks helped RCB get past the finish by four wickets and finish their season on a high.
Earlier, RCB skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and invited SRH to bat first. The 'Orange Army' got off to a good start as their openers Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill added 46 runs for the first wicket. Nonetheless, both the openers were dismissed in quick succession and Manish Pandey also followed them soon. Skipper Kane Williamson then stitched in a 45-run partnership with Vijay Shankar to stabilize SRH's innings. The New Zealand captain played an unbeaten knock of a 43-ball 70 at a strike rate of 162.79 which included five boundaries and four maximums. His captain's knock helped SRH get to a competitive total of 175/7 in their 20 overs.