Kohli gives the Royals Challengers the edge
Virat Kohli scored an impressive half century to help the Royals Challengers Bangalore take control of their play off match against the Chennai Super Kings who face a tricky run chase of 176.
The 22 year old played a vital role for the Royal Challengers, scoring a quick fire half century after Chris Gayle was dismissed in the 3rd over by Ravichandran Ashwin.
Kohli (70) smashed 5 fours and 3 sixes during his time at the crease to help the Royal Challengers recover from a slow start to reach 175-4 from their 20 overs.
Kohli shared a vital 4th wicket stand of 48 with Luke Pomersbach to slowly wrestle control of the game away from the Super Kings who had started the game strongly.
Bollinger was the pick off the bowlers with a another impressive bowling display, conceding just 20 runs from his 4 overs as well has taking the wicket of Pomersbach to leave the game well balanced before Kohli struck back.
Having win the toss and elected to bowl first, the defending champions got the innings off to the perfect start when danger man, Chris Gayle was trapped LBW by Ashwin at the start of the 3rd over.
The West Indian, who had scored 511 runs in just 9 games managed just one six during a subdued innings which saw him saw just 8 runs from 9 deliveries before he was dismissed.
The Royal Challengers top order was kept in check throughout the early stages of the innings with nobody able to break the shackles thanks to some impressive bowling from Doug Bollinger and Ashwin.
With Gayle back in the dug out, Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli shared a 2nd wicket stand of 35 to help the Royal Challengers recover after losing their danger man so early in the innings.
Their partnership was broken by Dwayne Bravo at the end of the 9th over when Agarwal (34) picked out Bollinger at long on to leave the Royal Challengers 65-2.
AB de Villiers (11) quickly followed before Pomersbach and Kohli lead the Royal Challengers recovery with a vital 4th wicket stand which wrestled the advantage away from the Super Kings.