After losing their previous encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore evened the score with a convincing seven-wicket win at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. RCB were led by their captain who scored an undefeated 93 to see his team home. (SRH vs RCB - M7 Report & Stats: IPL 2013)
|Virat Kohli and Kumar Sangakkara shake prior to match 9 of of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and The Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on the 9th April|
Chasing 162, RCB got off to a flier with Mayank Agarwal dismissing Hanuma Vihari for a six and a boundary in the very first over. Chris Gayle also got into the act and RCB scored 15 off Ishant Sharma's 5th over. Thisara Perera (29) then struck sending back the dangerous Agarwal.
Sharma struck soon after having Gayle (13) edge to the wicketkeeper.
Virat Kohli played some aggressive shots and along with AB de Villiers counter-attacked putting on 49 runs for the third wicket. Cameron White provided the breakthrough, when de Villiers (15) pulled a long hop but found the man in the deep. Kohli brought up his 50 of just 31 deliveries before hitting Amit Mishra's 16th over for two consecutive sixes, taking 21 runs from it. He followed it up with three boundaries of Perera putting RCB in the driver’s seat. Playing some breathtaking shots, Kohli enabled RCB to reach the target with 14 balls to spare.
Earlier SRH won the toss and elected to bat. RP Singh playing his first match of the season got RCB their first wicket when he had Akshath Reddy (12) caught at mid-on. Parthiv Patel (20) and Kumar Sangakara put on 38 runs for the second wicket before Muttiah Muralitharan bowled Patel. Disciplined bowling by the RCB bowlers restricted the flow of runs and SRH struggled to find any sort of momentum scoring just 62 runs by the halfway stage.
Sangakkara (23), giving the charge, fell to Murali Kathik, caught by Kohli. Perera (40) hit the first six of the SRH innings when he smashed Kartik over long off. White, along with Perera got into the act smashing Henriques for 18 runs, following it up with 19 runs off R Vinay Kumar. RP Singh provided the much needed breakthrough when he got rid of Perera but not before he had added 80 runs with White. White (52), who brought up his fifty with a massive six fell soon after holing out in the deep. SRH eventually finished at a competitive score of 161 for 6.
Man-of-the-Match: Virat Kohli
Brief Scores: Sun Risers Hyderabad 161 for 6 (Cameron White 52, RP Singh 3-27) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 162 for 3 (Virat Kohli 93*, Cameron White 1-14) by 7 wickets.
|Thisara Perera receives the Yes Bank Sixes award during match 9 of of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and The Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on the 9th April 2013|
10: Consecutive matches at Bengaluru in which side batting first has posted a total of 150 or more.
13: Number of times Ishant Sharma has dismissed a batsman caught by keeper- most for any bowler in IPL. He went ahead of Dale Steyn and R Vinay Kumar’s tally of 12.
27: Number of matches won by Royal Challengers Bangalore chasing a target – most for any team in IPL. Delhi Daredevils have won 26.
93: Virat Kohli’s score is the highest in IPL2013, surpassing fellow teammate Chris Gayle’s 92* against Mumbai Indians.
162: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s total – highest for a side batting second in IPL2013.
|Virat Kohli receives the man of the match award during match 9 of of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and The Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on the 9th April 2013|
Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match: "The guys can be really proud of the way we played today. After the last game, I told the guys not to lose their head, it was a good game. There was a calm energy in the dressing room after this. Last year was tough for me in the IPL, but this year, I am not putting any expectation on myself. 160 odd was a good effort by our bowlers and it was a par score and I am glad that we chased it down. We would just concentrate on our game. "
Sangakkara: "Virat was the difference between the two sides. We were maybe a bit too slow in the first 10 overs, but then other batsmen caught up with the rate. White and Perera paced their innings really well and got us to a strong position. It hurts to lose, but we need to regroup quickly." Mayank Agarwal gets the innovative thinker award.
|Mayank Agarwal receives the Star Plus award during match 9 of of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Royal Challengers Bangalore and The Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on the 9th April 2013|