Bengaluru : It seemed that rain had only delayed the inevitable at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.
Virat Kohli (113, 50b, 12×4, 8×6) scored his customary century, Royal Challengers Bangalore ran up a total in excess of 200 — 211 to be precise — and yet another team, this time Kings XI Punjab, came under the bludgeoning willows of the home batsmen, all in a matter of 15 overs.
Having threatened all day, rain came down in a torrent in the evening to push the start to 9.45 p.m. and reduce the match to a 15-overs-a-side affair. After the ground staff did a splendid job in getting the arena ready in less than an hour after the rain stopped, Kings sent RCB in, perhaps sensing an even chance in a curtailed match.
But not one trick of M. Vijay worked as Kohli, at his magical best, subjected the Kings bowlers to the most bruising of times. Axar Patel’s shy at the stumps in the fourth over was the closest Kings came to dismissing Kohli.
After a quiet first three overs, off which only 17 runs came, Kohli and Chris Gayle (73, 32b, 4×4, 8×6) exploded like a volcano.