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Virat's jaw-dropping lofted cover drive stunned Du Plessis, Gavaskar

Virat Kohli ended his four-year century drought in IPL last night. He scored his sixth IPL century in just 63 balls, and his lofted cover drive gained massive attention over the internet.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Virat Kohli

Sudeep Singh Rawat New Delhi

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Virat Kohli smashed a much-awaited IPL century against Sunrisers Hyderabad last night. He scored 100 runs in just 63 deliveries with a strike rate of 158.73.

Virat Kohli's last century came against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2019. Virat now has six centuries next to his name and equalled the tally with Chris Gayle, who also has six centuries in the Indian Premier League.

The 34-year batter delivered his best knock of the season in a must-win game against SRH. This season is going great for Virat Kohli, as his fans have seen the vintage Virat this season. He has scored 538 runs in 13 matches so far.

Faf Du Plessis stunned by Virat's lofted cover drive

Virat was looking in touch since the first ball yesterday and smashed a boundary in the first delivery of the RCB inning. He scored two back-to-back boundaries against experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

When Virat was playing at 69, Bhuvneshwar Kumar came to bowl. In the second delivery of the over, Virat hit a lofted cover drive that stunned not only his skipper in the non-striker end but commentator Gavaskar and Bishop also got excited watching that magnificent shot.

Du Plessis's reaction after the shot went viral on social media. Commentator Bishop praised Virat's lofted extra cover drive and said, “Oh glorious, it just gets better and better (this innings from Kohli) talk about the right time to be producing his best.”

Gavaskar also joined the list and said, “So often have we seen him play the drive along the ground but look at that. He can hit aerial too. He is the best player of the extra-cover drive.” 

Virat-Faf 172 runs partnership clinched the match from SRH

Batting first SRH scored 186 runs, Heinrich Klaasen was the star performer for SRH as he scored his maiden IPL century. Klaasen smashed 104 runs in just 51 deliveries.

When RCB came down to chase the target of 187 runs, Virat and Faf's 172 runs partnership helped RCB to stay alive in the tournament. They chased down the target easily. Royal Challengers Bangalore reached fourth place in the points table, and their last match is against Gujarat Titans on Sunday.

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First Published: May 19 2023 | 10:29 AM IST

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