RCB skipper Kohli destroys Sunrisers

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore ended the Hyderabad Sunrisers' ascent, beating them by seven wickets and with 14 balls to spare thanks to a brilliantly daring 93 not out by skipper Virat Kohli.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore ended the Hyderabad Sunrisers' ascent, beating them by seven wickets and with 14 balls to spare thanks to a brilliantly daring 93 not out by skipper Virat Kohli.

The India batsmen then took hold of the orange cap, denoting the tournament's leading run-scorer, as he almost single-handedly chased down the 162 required, after the Sunrisers posted a respectable 161 for six.

Hyderabad got their score largely thanks to a half century by Australian Cameron White, who put together a partnership of 80 with Thisara Perera in the middle overs. The partnership was bracketed by falling wickets.

Akshath Reddy was the first to fall, becoming one of RP Singh's three wickets with the score on 12. Perera was another of his scalps, falling for 40 off 24 balls, while Kumar Sangakkara made 23 before being dismissed by Murali Kartik.

RCB got off to a cracking start, mostly thanks to youngster Mayank Agarwal, who hit a six to get the innings off the mark. He was by far the more aggressive opener, relegating Chris Gayle to spectator status, before being caught by Sangakkara off Perera for 29.

Gayle did not have a happy day personally, making just 13 before nicking behind off Ishant Sharma, while AB de Villiers made a quick 15 before holing out in the deep off White's leg spin.

This left Kohli to complete the mission, bashing all and sundry around the park, using just 47 balls for his 93. He smashed four sixes and 11 boundaries, and what could have been a tight chase ended up a canter.

The result sees both sides sit on two wins out of three, with RCB in second on the table and the Sunrisers in third.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: CHGayle, AB de Villiers, V Kohli, M Agarwal, M Henriques, Arun Karthik, Vinay Kumar, M Kartik, J Unadkat, RP Singh, M Muralitharan

Sunrisers Hyderabad: P Reddy, PA Patel, K Sangakkara, C White, TPerera, H Vihari, B Samantray, Ashish Reddy, A Mishra, D Steyn, I Sharma

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