Kohli becomes the leading IPL 2024 run scorer as RCB thrashes PBKS: The Masterclass of Virat Kohli Powers RCB to a Victory

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Kohli becomes the leading IPL 2024 run scorer as RCB thrashes PBKS: The Masterclass of Virat Kohli Powers RCB to a Victory

In a gripping encounter at Dharamsala, Virat Kohli once again demonstrated why he’s one of the premier batsmen in world cricket. His scintillating 92 off just 47 balls was the cornerstone of Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s (RCB) emphatic win over Punjab Kings (PBKS), ensuring that RCB kept their playoff hopes alive while dashing those of their opponents.

Kohli’s Innings: A Blend of Technique and Aggression

From the very first over, it was clear that Kohli was in a league of his own. Despite a shaky start where he could have been dismissed for zero, he quickly shifted gears and dominated the bowling attack. His innings was marked by a dazzling array of shots all around the wicket, showcasing his impeccable timing and footwork.

Kohli’s partnerships with Rajat Patidar, who contributed a brisk 55 from 23 balls, and Cameron Green, who added a quick-fire 46 from 27 deliveries, were instrumental. Together, they propelled RCB to a formidable total of 241 for 7. Kohli’s innings was studded with sixes and boundaries, and he was particularly lethal against the spinners, utilizing the sweep shot to great effect.

Decisive Contributions from RCB’s Spin Duo

While Kohli’s batting was the highlight, the contribution of RCB’s spinners in the middle overs turned the game on its head. Swapnil Singh and Karn Sharma bowled with precision and guile, choking the scoring rate and picking up crucial wickets. Swapnil’s figures of 2-28 and Karn’s 2-36 were pivotal in restricting PBKS to 181 all out.

Karn’s dismissal of Rilee Rossouw, who looked dangerous for his 61 off 35 balls, was a key moment in the match. He cleverly deceived Rossouw with a flighted delivery that the batsman could only hit straight to long-on. Swapnil, on the other hand, dismantled the middle order by dismissing both Jitesh Sharma and Liam Livingstone in quick succession.

Kohli’s Fielding Efforts

Virat Kohli’s prowess was not limited to his batting. In a moment of brilliance on the field, he ran out Shashank Singh with a direct hit from deep midwicket. This piece of fielding was not just about his accuracy, but also about his intense commitment and speed to the ball. This dismissal effectively ended PBKS’s chase as they rapidly lost wickets thereafter, folding for 181 in just 17 overs.

Early Promise from Punjab Kings

Despite the eventual collapse, PBKS began their innings with promise. They scored 75 runs in the powerplay, with Rossouw leading the charge. His explosive start saw him hitting boundaries at will, bringing up his fifty in just 21 balls. However, once the spinners were introduced, the complexion of the game changed dramatically.

RCB’s Strategic Bowling Changes

RCB’s decision to introduce their spinners early in the middle overs was a tactical masterstroke by the captain. The spinners not only controlled the run flow but also picked up crucial wickets at regular intervals. This strategic bowling change disrupted the rhythm of the PBKS batsmen, who struggled to adjust to the pace and spin variations offered by Sharma and Singh.


The match was a classic display of T20 cricket, where momentum shifts rapidly and can be swayed by individual brilliance. Virat Kohli’s all-round performance was the highlight, keeping the spectators on the edge of their seats. RCB’s comprehensive win by 60 runs not only keeps their playoff aspirations alive but also sends a strong message to their contenders. As the tournament progresses, Kohli’s form will be crucial for RCB’s chances, and if this match is anything to go by, he is in sublime touch.

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