New Delhi - Red-hot Virat Kohli smashed an
unbeaten half-century to break Chris Gayle's record for the most runs in a
single Indian Premier League season.
Kohli, captain of the Royal Challengers
Bangalore, has racked up 752 runs in 12 matches so far this year including
three centuries and five 50s.
Kohli's 75-run blitz on Monday kept the
Challengers' play-off hopes alive after they crushed the Kolkata Knight Riders
by nine wickets.
The Indian batsman overtakes the powerful
Gayle, who scored 733 runs in 15 matches in 2012, while Australia's Mike Hussey
tallied the same figure in 17 games in 2013.
Kohli, who batted with an injured finger,
stitched together a 115-run unbeaten stand with AB de Villiers (59).
Their partnership comes just two days after
they recorded the highest partnership (229) in Twenty20 cricket history during
the Challengers' match against the Gujarat Lions.
Team-mate Gayle, who also found form at
Eden Gardens with a 31-ball 49, paid credit to the in-form duo.
"Those two guys are playing like
Batman and Superman. They are in the form of their life," said the