Kohli hits second ton as Royal Challengers chase 192
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