IPL MATCH CENTRE
Royal Challengers Bangalore pulled off a sensational win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a rain-hit IPL game on Friday, chasing down 81 needed off six overs with a ball to spare.
RCB opener Chris Gayle and opening partner and skipper Virat Kohli came out blazing as the Duckworth-Lewis method left them with little option in the crucial tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad.
Gayle took on Dale Steyn in the first over and the South African conceded 17. Gayle hit 35 off only 10 balls before falling to Moises Henriques in the third over. Henriques dismissed the feared Ab de Villiers the very next ball, but Kohli kept flowing.
Kohli hit a six off the penultimate ball of the sixth over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar to take his team to a six-wicket victory. SRH skipper David Warner tracked Kohli's shot at the boundary and took a catch, but in back-pedalling close to the boundary, he trod on the rope.
Social media erupted with references to Hindi movie Lagaan. Kohli smashed 44 off 19 balls.
Batting first, SRH scored 135 for three in 11 overs. Moises Henriques (57 off 22 balls) and skipper David Warner (52 off 32 balls) and powered the home team.
Kohli fired up, gets into argument with umpire Dharmasena
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Kohli along with glovesman Dinesh Karthik got into a heated argument with umpires Kumar Dharmasena after the match officials continued with final two overs of Sunrisers Hyderabad innings despite steady drizzle.
Having already lost 2 hours and 40 minutes of play due to steady downpour, the match was curtailed to 11 overs per side.
It was during the 10th over that it again started drizzling and the rain really picked up in the final over of the innings.
It was during the fourth ball of the final over when Kohli misfielded as the white ball slipped out of his palms. An agitated Kohli tried to draw the attention of the umpires as it was steady downpour. Kohli was trying to make a point about the pitch getting wet due to the downpour.
By the time the over ended, the temperamental Indian Test captain walked towards Dharmasena, asking him animatedly about why the match was not stopped when rains picked up.
While other umpire Anil Chaudhary, who is also from Delhi tried to calm Kohli down, the RCB skipper didn't carry on the argument for long even though Dharmasena seemed quite upset.
It didn't help as Karthik picked up the argument from where Kohli had left. Dharmasena didn't seem one bit amused.