New Delhi: Virat Kohili wasn't that tamable as he frequently sent the ball to the boundary on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium.
Sometimes it flew over it, dropping the jaws of Gujarat Titans, whose last resort was to run toward the boundary, hands thrown out, looking up in the sky.
As he hit out left and right bagging 54 runs from 73 balls, Royal Challengers Bangalore was beginning to ride on a wave of euphoria. Oh boy! Something great was happening.
The star batter became the first player to score 7000 runs for a single IPL franchise on Thursday.
In the aftermath of this blitz and more, RCB smashed into formidable Gujarat Titans beating them by 8 wickets.
Virat Kohli was in poor form until he entered the stadium Thursday, seriously mulling over taking a break.
Perhaps the thought for a break must have opened his inner resources.
Winning 8th match helped RCB climb two notches up to 16 points from 14 matches.
Gujarat Titans must be licking their wounds now. An occasional rout is alright, for that would spur this super engine, no doubt.
They don't have to give a wan smile. They have collected 20 points from their 14 league games, sitting in No 1 spot. Cheer up, boys!
Virat Kohli ended what India Today said a lean patch, smashing 8 fours and 2 sixes off Rashid Khan.
Faf du Plessis, the RCB captain scored 44 from 38 in a 115-run opening partnership.
Rashid Khan couldn't allow this to happen for long, dismissing the duo, as per the report.
Winning the toss, Hardik Pandya chose to bat and clocked up an unbeaten 62 off 47 balls. Soon Gujarat Titans found themselves scoring 168 for 5.