When Kohli almost won it for RCB!
By B Dixit - Aug 27, 2017 3:10 pm
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Back in 2010, during the second edition of the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa, a young Virat Kohli almost sneaked past Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer to secure a win for his team, Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was the 15th match of that season of the Champions Trophy.

Before this match, Mumbai Indians had won a single match out of the three matches it had played. On the other hand, Bangalore had won one and lost one at this stage. At Durban, Sachin Tendulkar, the then Indians’ captain, won the toss and chose to bat. Mumbai ended up scoring 165-7 in 20 overs on the back of Shikhar Dhawan’s 41 (37), which was comprised of two fours and two sixes. With bowling figures of 4-0-26-3, Steyn was the pick of the bowlers for Bangalore.

In Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Ross Taylor and Cameron White, RCB had lost wickets at regular intervals. Kohli came in to bat at 100-4. At this point, RCB required 66 runs in 37 balls. Rahul Dravid, who opened the innings for them, was batting on 59* (45) at one end. Kohli did not waste any time and played according the required run rate. His first two boundaries were sixes off Abu Nechim Ahmed.

RCB required 28 runs in the last two overs. Kohli scored three consecutive boundaries off Malinga to bring down the equation to 13 runs from the last over. After scoring two more fours off Zaheer Khan, RCB needed three runs on the last ball to win the match. However, Zaheer’s experience won on the last ball Kohli top-edged a delivery, only to be taken by wicket-keeper Ambati Rayudu.

Watch the full video of Kohli’s impressive innings: