• Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to play 100 T20 matches at the same ground

    Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to play 100 T20 matches at the same ground
    Virat Kohli played his 100th T20 match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.....

    Digital desk: As Royal Challengers Bengaluru faced Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2024 match on Tuesday, Virat Kohli played his 100th T20 match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Playing 100 T20 matches at a single venue, the great batsman for the Indian cricket team made history as the first Indian player ever. With 80 matches played in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, Rohit Sharma comes in second. At Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium, MS Dhoni ranks third with 69 games played.

    100 - Virat Kohli at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    80 - Rohit Sharma at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    69 - MS Dhoni at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

    Quinton de Kock pulled up his remarkable hitting ability with a fifty, but the Lucknow Super Giants were unable to overcome Royal Challengers Bengaluru's 181 for five in their IPL match. 

    De Kock (81 off 55) chose the bowlers and spots around the ground to play his shots with accuracy, but the RCB bowlers did not let other batsmen score any runs other than Nicholas Pooran (40 off 21).

    The Super Giants immediately got off to a fast start, scoring 32 runs without a loss in three overs before reaching 54 during the Power Play. The majority of the runs were scored by De Kock, who had a soft spot for Mohammed Siraj, the pacer.

    The left-hander from South Africa hit him for three sixes in two overs, two of which were consecutive. He also produced two terrific pulls and a gorgeous loft over mid-wicket.

    After entering the game as an impact substitute against Punjab Kings, KL Rahul captained the squad. He got off to a poor start, scoring six runs off of his first ten balls.

    He was a little bit lucky, though, as Rajat Patidar missed his jump near to the rope and failed to collect the ball, giving him some momentum in his innings. He then swept spinner Glenn Maxwell for a six, which came off the bat of left-arm pacer Yash Dayal.

    But in the very next ball, Rahul was out, trying to pull a good-length delivery from Maxwell into Mayank Dagar's palms inside the circle. 

    During his 11-ball six, Devdutt Padikkal struggled terribly. Siraj eventually brought him out of his misery when stumper Anuj Rawat, who had to go a few yards backward to collect the ball, snagged the left-hander's pull.

    After Padikkal was out, De Kock and Marcus Stoinis (24, 15b) assisted 56 runs off 30 balls for the third wicket, to begin the second significant innings of the LSG innings. 

    During this partnership, De Kock maintained his end of the deal as Stoinis hit a six off of Maxwell and Cameron Green. De Kock got his fifty in 36 balls.

    However, the blooming partnership came to an end when Dagar pouched on Stoinis's half-hearted swat. At that point, the LSG was 143 for four in 16.3 overs and needed a few more runs to go to safer ground.

    The last attack came from Pooran, who misplayed left-arm seamer Topley for three straight sixes in the 19th over and two more maximums from Siraj in the last over, but LSG could have preferred a higher score.