Kohli's fourth ton sinks KXIP

Virat Kohli (113 off 50 balls) battled immense physical pain to get to his century and became the only batsman to score more than 800 runs in a single edition of IPL. His tally stands at 865 runs from 13 matches.

Despite having multiple stitches due to a split webbing in his left hand, Virat Kohli scored his fourth century of this IPL season.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

Skipper Virat Kohli's fourth hundred in the ongoing Indian Premier League powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a dominating 82-run win over bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab via Duckworth Lewis method here tonight.

Kohli (113 off 50 balls) battled immense physical pain to get to his century and became the only batsman to score more than 800 runs in a single edition. His tally stands at 865 runs from 13 matches.

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Kohli, who had sustained multiple stitches due to a split webbing in his left hand, hit 12 fours and eight sixes and alongwith Chris Gayle (73) amassed a whirlwind 147-run opening stand to help RCB post an imposing 211 for 3 after the match was reduced to a 15-over affair following rain.

The host then returned to restrict Kings XI for 120 in 14 overs to register its seventh win and reach the second spot in points table with 14 points in 13 matches. It is now tied at 14 points with Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions.

Chasing a mammoth 212 to win, none of the Kings XI batsmen could stitch a big partnership as the pressure to hit big shots saw them make their back way to the hut. Wriddhiman Saha (24) was the top-scorer for Punjab.

For RCB, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal returned with a four-wicket haul, while Sreenath Aravind and Shane Watson scalped two wickets each.

In the end, Punjab were 120-9 with just one over to go when heavens opened up again and the result of the match was decided by the Duckworth Lewis method.

Earlier, Kohli and Gayle butchered the Kings XI Punjab bowlers with a 66-ball 147-run stand after being asked to take the first strike by Kings XI skipper Murali Vijay following a delayed start due to rain.

Gayle started the onslaught early on and his scintillating 32-ball innings was studded with four fours and eight sixes. Kohli also continued his rampaging form as the duo amassed 53 runs in the Powerplay overs.

The RCB skipper reached his fifty in 28 balls and alongwith Gayle brought up the team hundred in 8.5 overs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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