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Virat Kohli played his 100th T20 match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium as Royal Challengers Bengaluru took on Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2024 match on Tuesday. The star batter of the Indian cricket team became the first Indian player in history to play 100 T20 matches at a single venue. Second place belongs to Rohit Sharma who played 80 matches at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. MS Dhoni is third with 69 matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Indian players will play most of the T20s at one venue:

100 – Virat Kohli at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

80 – Rohit Sharma at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

69 – MS Dhoni at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Quinton de Kock displayed his exceptional hitting skills with a fifty, but Lucknow Super Giants could not progress beyond a par 181 for five against Royal Challengers Bengaluru in their IPL match.

De Kock (81 off 55) selected the bowlers and positions around the field to play his shots with precision but the RCB bowlers did not allow any other batsmen except Nicolas Pooran (40 out of 21), a free kick on a field generously tinted with green.

The Super Giants came out of the blocks quite quickly, reaching 32 for no loss in three overs and then 54 in the Power Play.

Most of the runs came from the blade of De Kock, who particularly liked the pacer. Mohammed Siraj.

The South African left-hander slammed him for three sixes – two in a row – spread across two overs – two powerful pulls and a lovely loft to mid-wicket.

KL Rahulwho captained the team after being an impact substitute against Punjab Kings in the previous match, slowly started making six runs from his first 10 balls.

But a left six arm pacer Yash Dayala well-timed shot directly over the bowler’s head, gave some momentum to his innings and later he swept the spinner. Glenn Maxwell for a six, and he got a little lucky because Rajat Patidar couldn’t time his jump near the rope and retrieve the ball.

However, Rahul perished in the very next ball, an attempt to pull the good length ball from Maxwell ending up in the palms of Mayank Dagar inside the circle.

Devdutt Padikkal struggled mightily during his 11-ball six, and he was finally relieved of his agony by Siraj after the left-hander’s shot was intercepted by Stumper. Anuj Rawatwho ran a few meters back to catch the ball.

Substantial second innings of the LSG innings followed Padikkal’s exit as De Kock and Marcus Stoinis (24, 15b) added 56 runs off 30 balls for the third wicket.

De Kock, who brought his fifty in 36 balls, maintained his end during this alliance as Stoinis hammered a six each against Maxwell and Cameron Green.

But the flourishing partnership came to an end when Stoinis’ half-hearted knock was pocketed by Dagar at that point.

LSG were 143 for four in 16.3 overs at this stage and needed a few more runs to reach safer shores.

Pooran, who bowled left-hand seamer Topley for three sixes in a row in the 19th over and two more maximums in the final over against Siraj, launched the final assault, but LSG might have liked a heavier total.

(With PTI inputs)

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