IPL 2020: Famous victories of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore continue to escalate their fan base despite facing a slump in the last three IPL editions. The Virat Kohli-led franchise has ruled millions of hearts over the years with some exhilarating display. Having qualified for three IPL finals in the history, RCB have often tormented the opposition. Let us take a look at the best matches of RCB.
Chase Master Virat Kohli arrives at Chinnaswamy
Virat Kohli comprehensively owned the 2016 edition of IPL. He amassed 973 runs in 16 innings, having registered a record four hundreds. In the match against Rising Pune Supergiant, RCB had to chase 192 in 20 overs. Kohli smashed his second ton of the tournament off 56 deliveries guiding RCB to an awe-inspiring victory. Shane Watson too scored 36 off 13 balls.
The Kohli and ABD show against Gujarat Lions
Batting first, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers added 229 runs for the second wicket after Chris Gayle was dismissed in the first over. While the RCB skipper scored yet another century, the latter remained unbeaten and crushed the Gujarat bowlers for 129 runs. In the bowling segment, Yuzvendra Chahal and Chris Jordon shared seven wickets as Gujarat were bundled out for 104.
A Kumble special in 2009
In the second match of the 2009 IPL edition, RCB were up against defending champions Rajasthan Royals. They could muster only 133 runs with major contribution from Rahul Dravid. Kumble alone rattled the Rajasthan batting line-up, having scalped a five-wicket haul for mere five runs. Praveen Kumar and Jesse Ryder also grabbed two apiece to bowl out Rajasthan Royals for 58.
Mooen Ali destroys the KKR bowlers
Virat Kohli's fifth IPL century propelled RCB to 213/4 at the end of 20 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders, in the 2019 season. Moeen Ali scored a brisk 66 off 28 balls. The southpaw racked up 5 fours and 6 sixes. KKR's Andre Russell and Nitish Rana almost pulled off a miraculous victory, but Moeen's final over denied them a win eventually.
Gayle storm at Chinnaswamy in 2013
Chris Gayle entered the records books in 2013 when he tallied the highest individual score in a T20 game. The Caribbean superstar hammered 17 sixes and 13 fours during his 175-run knock against Pune Warriors. RCB posted 263 on the score board, the highest ever total in the IPL history. In a rather one sided contest, Pune were outclassed by 130 runs.
When RCB overcame the Mumbai challenge
In 2011, RCB qualified for their second ever final by defeating Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 2. Chris Gayle's majestic 89 off 57 balls powered RCB to 185/4 at the end of 20 overs. He smashed 9 fours and 5 sixes at a strike-rate of 189.36. Later on, a spectacular spell by RCB skipper Daniel Vettori restricted Mumbai Indians to 142.