Kohli hits sec­ond ton as Royal Chal­lengers chase 192

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But Kohli re­mained. He plun­dered four sixes and a four off Zampa and RP Singh to leave just four runs to get off the fi­nal over, and ap­plied the fin­ish­ing touch him­self.

Kohli be­came the quick­est bats­man to 500 runs in an IPL sea­son; achiev­ing the land­mark in eight in­nings, one bet­ter than his team-mate Chris Gayle, who was left out of the XI on Satur­day.

Un­like their cap­tain, the Royal Chal­lengers bowlers and field­ers were off their game.

Missed chances have been a per­sis­tent ir­ri­tant for them this sea­son, but they grad­u­ated to a bat­ter­ing ram of woe to­day.

Ti­wary was dropped twice in as many balls in the sixth over; Stu­art Binny missed a straight­for­ward chance at short cover and Sachin Baby was un­able to hold on de­spite get­ting both hands be­hind the ball at point. Ti­wary re­ceived a third life, on 25, when Rahul fluffed a stump­ing and went on to make 52 off 39 balls. It was his sec­ond fifty in three matches.

The worst of Royal Chal­lengers’ er­rors came in the eighth over, when Ra­hane was sur­prised by Varun Aaron’s ex­tra bounce and the ball popped up to­wards where silly mid-on might have been. Both the bowler and Wat­son, run­ning in from mid­wicket at­tempted to get un­der it, but no one went for the catch. The ball landed barely a foot from Wat­son.

Ra­hane fin­ished with 78 off 48 balls, with eight fours and two sixes. His sixth half­cen­tury of the sea­son put Su­per­giants on course for a to­tal over 200.

They went into the fi­nal five overs with eight wick­ets in hand and that al­lowed the bats­men com­ing in to look for runs de­spite risk.

Su­per­giants did get 53 off these overs, but they needed a lot more con­sid­er­ing Kohli was go­ing to be in his happy place - with a tar­get to chase.—Agen­cies BERLIN—Ger­many’s Alexan­dra Wenk broke the 35-year-old na­tional record, pre­vi­ously held by a for­mer East Ger­man swim­mer, for the women’s 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley at the Olympic tri­als in Berlin on Satur­day.

Wenk, from Mu­nich, clocked 2:11.41 min­utes, well un­der the qual­i­fy­ing mark of 2:14.12 needed for the Rio de Janeiro games, to shave three tenths of a sec­ond off the pre­vi­ous Ger­man record set by for­mer GDR swim­mer Ute Geweniger in 1981.

Geweniger’s time of 2:11.73 was the world record for 11 years un­til it was bro­ken by China’s Li Lin at the 1992 Olympics and has been low- ered a fur­ther six times since.

“I looked up at the score­board and thought: ‘ I don’t un­der­stand’,” said a shocked Wenk, who won a bronze medal at the 4x100m mixed med­ley re­lay at the world cham­pi­onships last year in Kazan, Rus­sia.

“It’s nice to get the Ger­man record, but to keep up at international level, you have to go even faster.”

Wenk’s new per­sonal best is short of the cur­rent world record, set by Hun­gary’s ‘Iron Lady’ Katinka Hosszu last year in Kazan, who swam 2:06.12 in win­ning gold last Au­gust at the world cham­pi­onships..—AFP

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