IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK: Virat Kohli smashes half-century, becomes player with most runs against CSK

IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli smashes half-century, becomes player with most runs against CSK
IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli smashes half-century, becomes player with most runs against CSK

IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK: Virat Kohli becomes player with most runs against CSK – He might be out of form, might be out of his depth, might need a break to straighten things out, might be mentally fatigued but Virat Kohli never leaves an opportunity to MS Dhoni’s punish Chennai Super Kings. On Friday, with a 53-run knock off 41 balls, he became the top scorer against CSK with 948 runs.

He might have missed an opportunity to end his century drought at the small Sharjah stadium, considered to be the batting heaven, but Virat Kohli was off to a fantastic start. Partnering Devdutt Padikkal, he catapulted RCB to 55/0 in the powerplay before completing a century stand. It was also RCB’s first century stand against CSK since IPL 2013.

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IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK: In his 53-run knock, he smashed a maximum and six boundaries to put RCB in a commanding position. It was also his second half-century of IPL 2021 and ninth against CSK in 27 innings, most against a franchise in IPL history. He has an enviable average of 40.68 against MS Dhoni’s side.

Virat Kohli came into the match under tremendous pressure after RCB were bowled out for just 92 in the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders. The batting collapse was complicated by Kohli’s own poor form and announcement to step down from captaincy. The announcement coupled with poor form was cited as the reason behind RCB’s struggle in the last match.

IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK: However, at Sharjah, Virat Kohli made it look easy, supporting Devdutt Padikkal throughout. While his strike rate could be questioned, it wasn’t that bad at 129.27. Furthermore, the 53-run knock will also give Kohli a lot of confidence with just five matches left in the tournament.

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IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK: Virat Kohli against franchises

Versus M Inns NO 50s 100s HS   Runs Avg S/R
Chennai Super Kings 28 27 4 9 0 90* 948 41.22 127.13
Deccan Chargers 11 10 1 3 0 71 306 34 137.84
Delhi Capitals 24 23 7 8 0 99 909 56.81 136.08
Gujarat Lions 5 5 1 1 2 109 283 70.75 154.64
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2 2 1 0 0 27* 50 50 98.04
Kolkata Knight Riders 28 25 5 4 1 100 735 36.75 129.63
Mumbai Indians 28 27 3 3 0 92* 670 27.92 125.47
Pune Warriors 5 5 0 1 0 67 128 25.6 128
Punjab Kings 26 26 2 2 1 113 716 29.83 127.86
Rajasthan Royals 23 22 4 4 0 72* 554 30.78 116.39
Rising Pune Supergiant 4 4 1 2 1 108* 271 90.33 144.15
Sunrisers Hyderabad 17 17 2 4 0 93* 564 37.6 137.56