"Still got it": Bengaluru defeats Punjab with a century from Kohli (77).

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 Kohli shows he's still got it with 77 runs as Bengaluru triumphs over Punjab in IPL

"Still got it": Bengaluru defeats Punjab with a century from Kohli (77).
On March 22, 2024, during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore attempts a shot.

After leading Royal Challengers Bengaluru to their first IPL victory of the season with an aggressive innings of 77, Virat Kohli said on Monday that he still has the ability to dominate T20 cricket. Rebounding from their loss in the tournament opener, Bengaluru defeated Punjab Kings by successfully chasing down a mark of 177 with four deliveries remaining. The prolific batsman hit 11 boundaries and two maximums in his 49-ball onslaught. Even though Kohli was removed by Harshal Patel in the 16th over, his effort provided the groundwork for impact players Mahipal Lomror (17) and Dinesh Karthik (28) to lead the side to victory with an unbroken stand of 48 runs from just 18 balls. Having missed India's most recent victory over England in the Test series because after the birth of his second kid, Kohli underlined that despite playing just two T20 internationals for India since November 2022, he is still a formidable opponent in the game's lowest format.

With his recent performance, Kohli disproved the doubts of those who questioned his selection for the T20 World Cup. He admitted that his name might be associated with promoting T20 cricket globally after winning man of the match.

In addition, Kohli talked candidly about his recent paternity leave, expressing how nice it was to go unnoticed and carry on as usual for a few months. He revealed that the vacation gave him the chance to enjoy being a regular person on the street and experience life away from the limelight.

Despite a strong effort from captain, the bowlers were crucial in preserving the win, with Mohammed Siraj and Glenn Maxwell grabbing crucial wickets to limit Punjab to 176-6.

 Dhawan Shikhar. Kohli seemed poised to contribute in the forthcoming T20 World Cup based on his on-field performance.

Fan love affair

After being dropped by Jonny Bairstow at first slip off Sam Curran on the second ball of the chase, Kohli grabbed control.

To set up the chase in the opening over, he took advantage of the spill on nought and struck the left-handed Curran for four boundaries, including three in a row.

Chants of "Kohli, Kohli" filled the air as his fluid cover drives, on-side flicks, and behind-the-wicket knocks increased the noise at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

"It's been ongoing for years," Kohli remarked of his relationship with his supporters.

"At the end of the day, memories are what are discussed rather than accomplishments, statistics, or figures. 
India's coach, Rahul Dravid, stressed the amazing support, love, camaraderie, and gratitude that would never be forgotten.

After hitting his 51st IPL fifty in just 31 balls, he became the third batter in T20 cricket history to reach 100 50-plus knocks, behind only Chris Gayle and David Warner.

Early on, Punjab's Kagiso Rabada made a big impression by getting important wickets against Cameron Green and Faf du Plessis, who were both out for just three runs.

Bengaluru was under siege from Punjab's bowlers for a few well-managed overs, but Kohli and subsequently Karthik made sure their team won.

Bengaluru elected to bowl first, and they got off to a fast start when Siraj got rid of Bairstow for just eight runs in the opening over.

Still, Punjab's batters had difficulty turning their early leads into large totals; Prabhsimran Singh and Curran were removed after scoring 25 and 23 runs, respectively.


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