Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Virat Kohli scored his sixth IPL century agains the Sunrisers Hyderabad while chasing 187 runs in a must-win game. After SRH wicket-keeper batter Heinrich Klaasen scored a 100 in the first innings, RCB needed a strong start to chase down a tough total and Virat Kohli did exactly that.
Taking the first ball, Kohli started the Royal Challengers' innings with two consecutive boundaries and never looked back. As he and Faf du Plessis got into a rhythm they quickly scored runs and soon hit the 100-run mark. Here Kohli found another gear as he soon reached his 100. This knock included 12 fours and four sixes as he went on his knees to celebrate this historic feat.
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With this century, Virat Kohli was named the Player of the Match and addressed his performance, he described his knock and the win as special. He further expressed the opening partnership as unexpected and stated his approach was to score runs from ball one.
Kohli said, "Quite special considering the magnitude of the game. Thought SRH got a very good score. Ball was gripping as well. We wanted a good solid start. Didn't expect to be 172/0. But that's how well Faf and me have played this season. Faf's been on a different level. I've had a quiet couple of games. The way I was hitting in the nets wasn't transitioning into the middle in the last 2-3 matches. Wanted to make an impact and my intent was to go after the bowlers from ball 1 - something I've done thr ough the season. There was a dip but I wanted to pick my game up at the right time."