Royal Challengers Bangalore 3-162 (Virat Kohli 93*, Mayank Agarwal 29, Cameron White 1-14) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 6-161 (Cameron White 52, Thisara Perera 40, RP Singh 3-27) by seven wickets.
Virat Kohli demonstrated the fastest knock in the nine matches played in the IPL 2013 and led his team to a seven wickets boosting win vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 161 runs after losing six wickets in the allotted 20 overs and Royal Challengers thrashed 162 in 17.4 overs with seven wickets still in hand.
Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his blistering knock of 93 from 47 mere balls.
The 9th match of the Indian Premier League was played on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at M Chinnasawamy Stadium, Bangalore.
Earlier, the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kumar Sangakkara, won the toss and decided to bat first. They lost the first wicket at 12 as Kumar Sangakkara got together with Parthiv Patel and hit a couple of fours in the following overs. Patel got two fours on the 16 balls he faced and became the second victim at 50 in 7.5 overs for 20 runs. Cameron White replaced him as Sangakkara left the scene after the addition of 12 runs to the score for 23. Thisara Perera walked in next, he hit the first six of the match in the 13th over and enhanced the scoring rate with White. The duo gathered 32 runs in two overs with 3 sixes and 2 fours and added another 2 sixes in the 17th over.
The fourth wicket partnership lifted the score to 142 in 17.4 overs when Thisara Perera was clean bowled by RP Singh for 40 off 24 with 4 grand sixes and 1 four. Cameron White was caught by AB de Villiers off Vinay Kumar for 52 from 34 deliveries with 3 lofty sixes and even fours as Sunrisers Hyderabad reached 161with four wickets remaining in 20 overs.
RP Singh was the star performer with three wickets whereas Vinay Kumar, Muttiah Muralitharan and Murali Kartik shared one wicket each.
Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle started the innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore aggressively as the first hit 11 runs with 1 six and 1 four in the very first over. Agarwal repeated it with the same action in the fifth over as Gayle added 2 fours in the process and took the score to 39 after 5 overs. Agarwal was caught by Sangakkara at cover off Thisara Perera for 29 scored from 20 delivered with 2 sixes and 3 fours. Chris Gayle left the field after eight runs while scoring 13 runs when Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers appeared on the scene.
Kohli registered his first boundary after 10 balls he played with a six in the ninth over and hit another six and 2 fours in the next two overs. AB de Villiers lost his wicket for 15 as Moises Henriques joined in with Kohli who was punishing the bowlers at will. The first hundred of the innings was displayed on board in the 13th over and Virat Kohli attained his fifty in the 15th. He punished Amit Mishra for 19 runs with the support of 2 back to back sixes and 1 four and humiliated Perera for 15 runs with 3 fours in the following over. The target was achieved on the fourth ball of the 18th over with another four from Kohli who occupied his crease by hammering 93 off just 47 deliveries complimented by 4 gigantic sixes and 11 fours.
Ishant Sharma, Thisara Perera and Cameron White were the only successful bowlers among seven with one wicket each.
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the game in an impressive manner with a huge margin of seven wickets and got two points.
One of the best knocks so far in IPL 2013, waited too long to see Virat shine at home ground.