Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli credited England all-rounder Moeen Ali’s blistering knock of 66 off 28 deliveries for changing the game and helping deliver a 10-run win over Kolkata in the Indian Premier League.
While Kohli smashed a 58-ball 100 for the India skipper’s fifth IPL century that helped his team reach 213-4, it was Moeen’s knock that changed the momentum and laid the platform for Bangalore’s late assault against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
With former South African batsman AB de Villiers missing due to illness, Kohli showed patience at the start of his innings and took 40 balls to reach his fifty.
But Moeen’s knock appeared to allow him the freedom to score more freely as he took just another 17 deliveries to complete his first IPL century since 2016.
“The wicket was doing a bit early on, length balls were very difficult to get away ... the way Mo came in and he batted, it just took momentum away from them and put it right back into our lap,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
“He changed the game completely and that allowed me to play through. I could accelerate in the end just because of the way Moeen played there.”
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