Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli's swashbuckling century set up the bottom-placed franchise's 10-run win over sixth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata yesterday.
Kohli's first hundred of the edition, and a blitzed 28-ball 66 from Moeen Ali, guided Bangalore to a mammoth 213 for five and set the stage for just their second win in nine games. Kolkata put up a fight and the game went down to the wire with the home team needing 24 runs off the last over bowled by Ali, but after hitting his ninth six, in-form all-rounder Andre Russell was run out for 65 off just 20 balls. With 17 needed off the last ball Nitish Rana (85 off 46) hit a six.
Earlier, after Kolkata asked Bangalore to bat first, Kohli -- who opened the innings -- batted right through and was dismissed off the last ball of the innings, his 58th. He hit nine fours and four sixes, and had a 90-run third wicket partnership with Ali, whose five fours and six sixes dominated the stand.
SCORES IN BRIEF
Bangalore: 213 for 5 (Kohli 100, Ali 66; Narine 1-32)
Kolkata: 203 for 5 (Rana 85, Russell 65; Steyn 2-40, Saini 1-31)
Result: Bangalore won by 10 runs
Player-of-the-match: Virat Kohli