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Kohli 68 takes RCB to 175/4 against Knight Riders

bengaluru: Skipper Virat Kohli was once again the stand-out performer with an unbeaten 44-ball-68 as Royal Challengers Bengaluru managed a below-par 175 for 4 against Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL encounter, here on Sunday.
It was a patchy batting performance from the home team and Indian captain's fourth half-century of the season ensured that they had some kind of a total on board.
Kohli's innings comprised of five fours and three sixes while Brendon McCullum contributed 38 off 28 balls.
Two of the three sixes struck by Kohli were pure delight. Both were hit off Andre Russell. With minimum backlift, Kohli whipped one on the blockhole into the long-on stands while the other was a flick into the deep mid-wicket stand.
The final six came off the last delivery of the innings as he dispatched one into the mid-wicket stands.
RCB's first 10 overs wasn't as productive as they lost three wickets for 75 runs. It was primarily due to Kohli that they managed another 100 runs in the back-10.
The slow start by RCB was one of the reasons for not getting the par-score of 200 as the Powerplay overs produced only 40 runs.
Put into bat, openers McCullum and Quinton de Kock (29 off 27 balls) put on 67 runs but consumed eight overs in the process.
The South African 'keeper-batsman was scalped by Kuldeep Yadav with his first ball after the strategic break. De Kock's inside out lofted shot was pouched in the deep by Shubman Gill.
RCB lost next two back-to-back wickets in the 10th over when McCullum was caught off Russell and Manan Vohra (0) made a hash of a low full-toss.
Mandeep Singh (19) became Russell's third victim. A slower delivery on off-stump, Mandeep swung and did not get the elevation he needed and Shivam Mavi took the catch at deep midwicket.
Earlier, Sunil Naraine was greeted by de Kock with two consecutive boundaries of his first over. First he swept one towards short fine leg and then a cross-batted shot towards deep midwicket fence. De Kock also hit a six off Mitchell Johnson's first over.
Chasing the target, Kolkata were got to a good start as rain halted the match when the score read 55 for no loss by 6.3 overs.
Sunil Narine was unbeaten on 27 after giving his side the familiar explosive start.
His opening partner, Chris Lynn too joined the party as he was holding other end at 25.
Bengaluru players were at blame for soddy fielding as the Narine and Lynn were dropped twice.
The opening pacers Tim Southee and Umesh Yadav were ripped to shreds as the duo gave away 40 runs in four.
Brief scores: RCB 175/4 (Virat Kohli 68*, B McCullum 38) vs KKR (A Russel 31/3).

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