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Kohli hundred eases the hurt of Hyderabad

08-May-2016 / 7:58 am
Kerala Updates: Kohli did not have a T20 hundred for 192 games. Anticipation that it was within his grasp built over 13 T20s in 2016, leading into the IPL, when he scored 625 runs at an average of 125. It came in the fifth game of the season, a last-ball sliced boundary off Dwayne Bravo providing his breakthrough innings against Gujarat Lions. Yet, there wasn't much reason for joy. Royal Challengers Bangalore were languishing one off the bottom with two wins in seven games. They remain in penultimate spot, but on a balmy Saturday evening, as Kohli notched up his second T20 century in a match-winning knock, he had again lifted his team. Kohli played down how much a T20 hundred meant to him. "Not that I was desperate to get one, but last time I felt like it was something I hadn't achieved," he said. "But I didn't have control over my game because we were batting first there. "This 100, I didn't plan to get a 100, as I said in the last game. I never looked at my score in the scoreboard, all I looked at was how many runs and balls are thereā€¦ how many runs we need to score, in which over. In that process, if you get a milestone like that it feels sweet. But in an hour, or a couple of hours, when I realise what happened, then it'll feel far sweeter." Defeat in the last game to Kolkata Knight Riders had sharpened Kohli's sense that a victory was especially necessary to provide a lift. "The ultimate target was the victory because of how hurt we were after the last game," he said. "We needed a victory like this to pull ourselves up again, especially the kind of day we had in the field. It's very easy to lose your cool, get carry away and get frustrated. You rather take that frustration and be determined to put in that 20 per cent extra." In this season, 27 out of 36 matches have been won by the chasing side. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium's small dimensions make it a particularly favourable chasing ground, but Kohli had lost three tosses at home this season, which resulted in two losses. "We had the chance to chase one down, and I backed myself to go for the target and make sure I'm there in the end and win the game for the team. In Hyderabad, I couldn't do that, I was very disappointed," Kohli said. "If you want your team to do a certain thing, you have to go out there first and do it in front of them to convince them that this is the direction you need to go in. I failed to do that In Hyderabad and that hurt me a lot.
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