It was a proper run-fest, the Chinnaswamy living up to its reputation as the LSG bowlers couldn’t find a hiding with the RCB trio going hammer and tongs on them.
At the start of the innings though, the packed crowd at the Chinnaswamy had their hearts in their mouths when he top-edged a short ball from fast bowler Avesh Khan. Fortunately, and to the respite of the RCB and Kohli fans, the ball flew over the keeper’s head and over the boundary behind for a six.
In the second over, Avesh pounded his back and bowled a short ball. RCB star batsmen, in the mood to tee off and maximize the powerplay, went after the short ball with a pull shot, however, he could only manage a top-edge, but luckily for him, the ball went for a six over the fine leg boundary.
He was then seen having an animated discussion with batting partner The Skipper. The South African seemed to be suggesting that the ball was well on Kohli’s helmet height and instead of going for the pull, the batter should have looked for an upper cut. Kohli was having none of it and instead decided to show it to Faf with his bat that perhaps it would have been more difficult for him to play the upper cut shot and hence he went for the pull.
On air, the commentator suggested that Kohli’s “emotions get the better of him”.
Watch: Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis engage in an animated discussion
Virat Kohli scored 61 (44), Faf du Plessis scored 79*(46) and Glenn Maxwell scored 59 (29) to propel RCB’s score to 212.
RCB vs LSG Playing XI and Substitute list for Impact Player:
RCB substitutes: Karn Sharma, Suyash Prabhudessai, Akash Deep, Michael Bracewell, Sonu Yadav
LSG substitutes: Ayush Badoni, Swapnil Singh, Krishnappa Gowtham, Prerak Mankad, Daniel Sams