Andre Russell steals Virat Kohli's IPL thunder to smash KKR to victory

Andre Russell steals Virat Kohli's IPL thunder to smash KKR to victory

We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. For the major part of the match, RCB looked the more likely team to win the match as they dominated the major part of the match.

With the ball not coming on to the bat, Kohli scored nearly a-run-a-ball before hitting two sixes late in his innings, consuming 33 balls for his 41.

Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli even slammed the "unacceptable" effort of his pacers after the hosts suffered their fifth straight loss in the ongoing edition of IPL.

During his unbelievable knock, Kohli overtook Chennai Super Kings' Suresh Raina to become the highest run-getter in the tournament's history. "If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it's always going to be hard against power-hitters like Russell", said Kohli.

"There is no guessing there (about where they lost), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable". But in the very next over he was dismissed, when, attempting to hit one out of the ground, he got more height than distance and was caught at long-on.

"I am always confident. I was watching on the telly, and I wasn't thinking too much", said Russell. Need to put your body on the line.

One over changes and the momentum changes. In their last match, Gopal bamboozled RCB pair of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers with his googlies which eventually proved decisive in guiding them to a maiden win of the season.

The 77-Test veteran, who is under fire for the lacklustre showing of his team that has never won an IPL title, took the attack to the opposition with nine fours and two big sixes.

De Villiers also joined the party with some impressive hitting to bring up his fifty with a boundary off paceman Prasidh Krishna.

Moeen Ali played a quickfire 32 that included one four and three sixes at the tail-end of the innings but Chris Morris silenced the crowd with a well-executed 2-28.

Kohli was near to cross the century-mark, before he was picked up in the 17th over by left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who clinged on to a strike by the RCB skipper on his own bowl. The Windies all-rounder has scored close to 200 runs in his last 5 innings and has also taken 5 wickets.

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