IPL 2023 | Twitter reacts as Kohli-du Plessis duo strengthens RCB’s playoff chance by inking eight-wicket win
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis stitched a brilliant opening partnership|
With only two league games left, Royal Challengers Bangalore boosted their chances of making it to the playoffs with a eight wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Virat Kohli was the star of the show playing a knock of 100 runs from 63 balls after Heinrich Klaasen had done the same off 49 deliveries.
Even after being ruled out of the race to the playoffs, Sunrisers Hyderabad had a chance to play a crucial role in determining the teams entering the knockouts when they hosted Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday. The team were invited to bat first by the opposition and appeared to be headed to a low score as Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi’s cautious start yielded just 27 runs from the first four overs. Michael Bracewell dismissed both openers in the fifth over which led to Heinrich Klaasen and Aiden Markram making their way to the crease. While Klaasen was steering the innings, Markram was playing the second fiddle to him, and the duo took the team to 81/2 by the end of 10 overs. After the SRH captain was dismissed in the 13th over, Klassen continued his carnage from one end. Harry Brook, who walked in next, played a supporting act while the South African wicketkeeper brought up his maiden century in 49 deliveries. However, when Klaasen (104) was dismissed, all chances of crossing the 200-run mark evaporated as Mohammed Siraj conceded only four runs in the last over restricting the opposition to a total of 186/5.
The visitors got off to a dream start as Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis started smashing the ball right from the start. The pair capitalized on the field restrictions fully amassing 64 runs from the first six overs. Both of them ensured that the acceleration would continue and toyed with the opposition bowlers smashing them to all parts of the ground. A continuous carnage from both batters took the team total to 150/0 by the end of 15 overs and a win was on the cards after that. Virat Kohli smashed a century in the IPL after four years from 62 balls before being dismissed in the 18th over. Du Plessis walked back to the pavilion three balls later with a score of 71 runs and the team needing 10 runs from the last 10 deliveries.
The duo of Glenn Maxwell and Michael Bracewell ensured a win in the last over helping RCB register an eight-wicket win.
The man,The Myth,The Legend 🔥💪 #SRHvRCB #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/mcct9bdOoA— Mathurji (@Mathurji_0) May 18, 2023
title of chasemaster aise hi thodi mila hai#Kohli #SRHvRCB— Harsh (@186Harsh) May 18, 2023
absolute treat from #KingKohli. the aura and following he has is unbelievable.— Observor (@ObservingEditor) May 18, 2023
special congrats to siraj who delivered 4 - 0 - 17 - 1, #SRHvsRCB #SRHvRCB
King for a reason
2015 - RCB won match and Virat Kohli won Player Of The Match award.— 𝗔𝗡𝗞𝗜𝗧 (@ItsmeAK4Tsay1) May 18, 2023
2023 - RCB won match and Virat Kohli won Player Of The Match award.
- The only two times RCB won against SRH in Hyderabad, King Kohli crowned POTM award.#SRHvRCB | #ViratKohli | #IPL2023 https://t.co/WeheyhAqze
RCB into Top 4 🔥#SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/7EiGpSfvgk— 𝙎𝙀𝙉𝘼 (@x_senastr) May 18, 2023
Innings of an "EMPEROR" Kohli 🌟👑— Nitin Pathak (@Nitin_Pathak_) May 18, 2023
What an Entertainment 🤩#SRHvRCB #ViratKohli𓃵
Good old Kohli!
#SRHvRCB #IPL2O23 A decently challenging score…a good old #Kohli chase…well supported by the good old #Faf… and the good old days are back!!! And certainly the best knock of this #Ipl by #klassen!— Partha P Pramanik (@parthapramanik0) May 18, 2023
HAIL THE KING! @imVkohli 🚀#SRHvRCB— Ronith Rakshit (@ronithrakshit) May 18, 2023
Nice to see conventional players Dominating IPL 2023.— 🍁Imran Raja🍁🏏 (@iMImranAjK) May 18, 2023
Faf and Vk for Rcb❤️ #SRHvRCB
One upon a time there lived a ghost @imVkohli 🥵 GOAT— Spyder (@URS_SSMBFan) May 18, 2023
Kinguuuu.... 💥🔥🔥#ViratKohli𓃵 #SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/lmvBH4z5N8