Mohammad Shamir’s first delivery was a length ball. Virat Kohli played it defensively. The next ball of full length was defeated by the Indian batsman who went down to open the innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The third ball was seen by the real Kohli. This time Shamir crossed the Fuller length ball in a straight drive. He hit four in the next ball, this time with a square leg.
Seeing these two shots, it was understood that Kohli, desperate to get back in rhythm, has started to get himself back! However, Kohli was very careful against the Gujarat Titans today to return to his original form. That’s why when Shamir was bowled out, Kohli scored 56 off 53 balls. Strike rate 109.43. He hit six fours and one six. He got his 50th half century in IPL for Bangalore, but that half century is the slowest in his IPL career! All in all, Kohli has returned to the rhythm, but has not fully recovered. And this rhythm of Kohli and his team Bangalore has been the victim of trying to get himself back. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bangalore has to pay the price for Kohli
Gujarat got off to a good start as they chased down Bangalore’s 160 runs. Riddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill scored 51 runs in the opening over. But Gujarat lost 4 wickets in 44 runs and got into some danger. When Sai Sudarshan was dismissed as the fourth batsman, they needed 6 runs off 43 balls to win. Rahul Tewatia and David Miller picked up the runs without taking any more wickets. They were unbeaten on the fifth wicket partnership, scoring 69 off 40 balls. Tewatia-Miller left the field with a 6-wicket win for the team. Shahbaz and Wanindu Hasaranga took two wickets each for Bangalore.