It was a sweet homecoming for Delhi boy Virat Kohli as he led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a crushing 10-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League match here today.
Varun Aaron (2/24) and Mitchell Starc (3/20) produced fiery spells of fast bowling to help RCB dismiss Delhi Daredevils for a paltry 95 after opting to field at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Chasing 96, openers Chris Gayle (62 not out off 40 balls) and Virat Kohli (35 not out off 23) made short work of the modest target, getting the team home in 10.3 overs.
With the emphatic win, the Bangalore side got its IPL campaign back on track and now has three wins in six games. For Daredevils, it was their fourth defeat in seven matches.
Gayle scored bulk of the runs in the small chase as Kohli was happy to see the fireworks from the non-striker’s end.
The West Indian got the small chase going by smashing medium pacer Dominic Joseph for 14 runs off his first over. He looked in his usual devastating touch after missing out in the last game.
Gayle later smacked leggie Imran Tahir over mid-wicket to get to his fifty. It was one of the four sixes he hit in his blistering knock. Kohli, who only got to score his first boundary in the seventh over, hit the winning runs, his sublime straight drive that brought the crowd on its feet.
His fans chanted ‘Kohli Kohli’ at regular intervals but in the end, they went home after thoroughly enjoying Gayle’s show.