IPL 2020: Virat Kohli sets new record against CSK as RCB captain puts on a masterclass in Dubai

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Virat Kohli put on a masterclass of late acceleration in Dubai as the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain hit an unbeaten 90 in just 52 balls against familiar foes Chennai Super Kings on Saturday. The RCB skipper put on a show after his team got off to an ordinary start against the 3-time champions.

With his 90 not out, Virat Kohli also set a new record for the highest score by a captain against Chennai Super Kings in the history of IPL.

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Kohli had head into the match with Royal Challengers Bangalore under the pump a bit after their woeful performance against Delhi Capitals on Monday at the same venue. Kohli had opted to chase against Sheryas Iyer's men and lost by 59 runs but this time the RCB captain was quick to opt to bat after winning the toss against MS Dhoni.

Virat Kohli had walked into the middle as early as the third over as RCB lost their out-of-form opener Aaron Finch for 2. He joined hands with young opener Devdutt Padikkal as the duo was cautious even as CSK bowlers were keeping it tight and not giving anything away.

At the half-way mark of the innings, RCB managed just 65 runs and the 11th over pegged them back as Shardul Thakur got the wicket of Padikkal who took 34 balls for his 33. AB de Villiers suffered a rare failure as he departed without troubling the scorers in the same over.

Virat Kohli was losing partners at some pace as Washington Sundar, who looked in good touch, went for 10. Then came Shivam Dube, who looked to put the pressure back on CSK bowlers.

When Virat Kohli did an AB de Villiers

RCB were struggling for momentum at the 15th-over mark as they were at 95 for 4. However, things changed when their captain got to his fifty, the 38th in IPL in 39 balls in the 17th over.

Virat Kohli switched gears effortlessly as he took on the CSK bowlers at the death. He even played a scoop shot, taking a ball from outside the off-stump and hitting it between the wicketkeeper and the fine-leg fielder, micking his good friend AB de Villiers.

With Kohli striking at 292 in his last 14 balls, RCB managed 74 runs in their last 5 overs. Kohli, who had taken 38 balls for his first 49 rus, needed only a litt more than 2 overs for his next 41.

He hit 4 boundaries and 4 sixes but it was not just about big-hitting as he ran 28 singles and 11 twos, pushing his partners to convert ones into twos, as usual. It was yet another masterclass from the skipper on what seeed a two-paced wicket.

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