Virat Kohli is an entertainer on and off the field! Even when he is not batting Kohli ensures that he is in the thick of action. The same was visible after Royal Challengers Bangalore set a 127-run target for Lucknow Super Giants in an IPL 2023 match in Lucknow on Monday. Despite the low score, RCB put up a spirited fight and reduced LSG to 38/5 in 7 overs. Out of those dismissals, Kohli played a crucial role in the second wicket as he caught Krunal Pandya off Glenn Maxwell in the fourth over. After the wicket, Kohli made a special gesture towards the crowd.
Virat Kohli after taking Krunal Pandya’s catch. pic.twitter.com/IpYWc3dFjh
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 1, 2023
Nothing just peak Virat Kohli showing levels to gautam gambhir in his own stadium.pic.twitter.com/IrALeoUdPD
— Shaurya (@Kohli_Dewotee) May 1, 2023
BOYYY this Ekana crowd is all for #ViratKohliAND he is making them his 12th man!
The celebrations are going to be WILLDDDD if they win this!
— Tanay Tiwari (@Tanay_Tiwari) May 1, 2023
Talking about the game, Lucknow Super Giants dished out a fine bowling display to restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to a below-par 126 for nine in an Indian Premier League match in Lucknow on Monday. Opting to bat, RCB never had momentum in their innings despite the opening duo of skipper Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli sharing a 62-run partnership. The spin duo of Ravi Bishnoi (2/21) and veteran Amit Mishra (2/21) shone brightly with the ball in the middle overs to keep a check on RCB’s scoring rate.
LSG suffered a big blow in the last delivery of the second over when skipper KL Rahul pulled his right thigh muscle while chasing a ball towards the extra cover boundary.
Rahul failed to stop the boundary, looked in considerable pain, and limped off the field. In his absence, Krunal Pandya led the side.
The duo of du Plessis and Kohli gave RCB another good start, stitching 62 runs in nine overs.
Both the openers failed to get going but gave a platform for the rest of the batters to take RCB to a decent score.
Kohli didn’t look at his best as he managed just three boundaries during his 30-ball 31-run knock before being stumped by Nicholas Pooran off the bowling of Bishnoi.
New man in Anuj Rawat didn’t last long as he gave a catch to Kyle Mayers in the deep off the bowling of Krishnappa Gowtham.
Dangerman Glenn Maxwell followed suit, without troubling the scorers much, LBW to Bishnoi.
After the initial partnership between du Plessis and Kohli, the LSG bowlers pulled back the game brilliantly.
Suyash Prabhudesai didn’t last long, caught by Gowtham at mid-off off the bowling of veteran Amit Mishra, as RCB slumped to 90 for four in 14.3 overs.
The match came to a halt in the 16th over due to a steady drizzle.
After a delay of nearly 26 minutes due to rain, the match restarted with no overs being reduced.
While du Plessis batted deep he never got the desired momentum in his knock and struggled to find boundaries and sixes, which he is generally known for and was eventually dismissed by Mishra in the 17th over, caught by Pandya as the South African tried to break the shackles.
Thereafter, Dinesh Karthik (16 off 11) tried his best to up the ante but it wasn’t enough.
Towards the end, Afghan fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq picked up two wickets in two deliveries in the 20th over, to finish with figures of 3 for 30.
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