Virat Kohli slams maiden Indian Premier League century

first_imgNot just the Gujarat Lions’ bowlers but even the scorching sun at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot was not able to stop Virat Kohli from reaching three figures on Sunday. (Full IPL coverage) The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper was cramping, limping for his singles but didn’t give up as he went on to score his maiden IPL ton off just 63 balls against Gujarat. (Gujarat vs Bangalore: Live Scorecard) Kohli needed 15 runs in the last over to get to his landmark score. He snapped at KL Rahul who has batting at the non-striker’s end when the Karnataka batsman didn’t respond to his call for the second run.However, he hit a six, four and one more boundary off Dwayne Bravo’s over to get to his maiden T20 hundred in the last ball off the innings.”It’s a good feeling but the game’s not over, it’s just half of it. Today was one of those days when I didn’t expect myself to get a hundred,” he said after the first innings.Kohli continued from where he left a couple of nights ago against Rising Pune Supergiants. The skipper perished for 80 against MS Dhoni’s men. On two other occasions in this tournament he was flirting with the three-digit after he got out on scores of 75 and 79 in the first two games of the tournament.Kohli, who has been dominating batting charts across all the formats of the game, said the T20 century was the only thing he was waiting for. “Against Delhi, I was 75 odd at the time-out when Dan (Vettori) came and told that I am 25 short. That (a T20 century) was the only thing left.”advertisementHe had stitched three century-stands with South African star AB de Villiers. With the absence of superstar batsman Chris Gayle, Kohli and de Villiers have gone about the big-hitting business for RCB in this tournament. Kohli is now the leading the run-scorer in this tournament with 367 runs from five matches.And on Sunday, he was elated to win the toss for the first time in the tournament and was quick to choose batting. Like always, he started slow but shifted gears once he got used to the track. Despite losing his partner early after a solid stand, he joined hands with Rahul, who also got to his maiden IPL half-century, to thump Gujarat bowlers. This time Kohli stitched a 100-run stand with Rahul.last_img read more