Virat Kohli in motion for RCB throughout IPL 2023© BCCI
Virat Kohli‘s century overshadowed the maiden ton from Heinrich Klaasen as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad to take a large step in direction of playoff qualification on Thursday. Klaasen was pivotal in taking SRH to a aggressive complete nevertheless it was Kohli’s particular innings mixed with one other gritty knock from Faf du Plessis that proved to be the difference-maker for RCB. Nevertheless, former England cricket staff skipper Kevin Pietersen had an “unpopular opinion” as he mentioned that he’ll charge Klaasen’s effort greater than Kohli’s because of the lack of assist supplied by SRH cricketers compared to RCB.
“Let me say an unpopular thought. Heinrich’s was the higher ton of the 2. Klaasen’s innings was the higher one. Think about being a part of a staff that’s already out, with little assist. Enjoying for a staff which is so dysfunctional…it is good,” Kevin Pietersen mentioned on Star Sports activities.
“The way in which that Klaasen performed at the moment was phenomenal.”
Heinrich Klaasen displayed his big-hitting prowess, slamming six sixes and eight fours throughout his scintillating 51-ball 104-run knock to carry SRH to 186 for 5 from 28 for two within the fifth over.
However Kohli (100) had different plans as he and du Plessis (71) helped RCB chase down the goal with their magnificent ball-striking on option to a 172-run opening stand, the best partnership of the season, as they romped house with 4 balls to spare.
Following the victory, RCB climbed to the fourth spot attributable to their higher web run charge though they’re tied with Mumbai Indians on 14 factors. They are going to, nonetheless, should win their subsequent match to remain within the combine as Chennai Tremendous Kings and Lucknow Tremendous Giants are at 15 factors with one match to go.
Kohli was all class as he hit 4 maximums and 12 fours in his 63-ball knock, whereas du Plessis cracked seven fours and two sixes in his 47-ball knock as the 2 dished out a chasing masterclass.
(With PTI inputs)
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