KKR vs RCB, IPL 2019: ‘You little biscuit’ – AB de Villiers lauds Virat Kohli after Bangalore skipper slams fifth IPL ton
Kohli’s 58-ball 100 helped RCB to their second win of the season against KKR, who have now lost four matches on the trot.Updated: Apr 20, 2019 12:35 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
AB de Villiers heaped praise on his teammate Virat Kohli after the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper slammed his fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) century against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.
Kohli’s 58-ball 100 helped RCB to their second win of the season against KKR, who have now lost four matches on the trot. Despite this win, Bangalore are still placed at the bottom of the IPL table with four points while Kolkata are at the sixth spot with eight points.
Following Kohli’s heroics, de Villiers — who was not part of this clash — took to social media to laud Kohli and his post read: “VIRAT!!!!!!!!!!! you little biscuit @imVkohli Top knock from @MoeenaliAli as well.”
RCB eked out a 10-run win over KKR for only their second success of the season after Andre Russell and Nitish Rana nearly pulled off the impossible at the iconic venue in Kolkata.
Needing 113 runs off the last six overs, Russell (65 off 25) and Rana (85 not out off 46) almost got their team over the line but Moeen Ali managed to defend 24 in the final over.
The tense climax came after Virat Kohli smashed 100 off 58 balls for his fifth century in the IPL and first this season. Kohli started off slowly as he completed his half-century off 40 deliveries but scored the next fifty off just 17 balls.
RCB hammered 91 runs off the last five overs to reach 213 for four, their highest total this year. Ali’s 66 off 28 while batting alongside Kohli also proved crucial for RCB’s cause as they finally managed to defend.
((With agency inputs))
First Published: Apr 20, 2019 10:16 IST