Virat Kohlithe chase-master, was back to his best in Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) colors in the team’s first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 against the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians. Kohli and Faf du Plessis dished out a chasing master-class with a 148-run opening partnership as Royal Challengers Bangalore made a sensational start to their IPL campaign with a comprehensive eight-wicket demolition of Mumbai Indians here on Sunday. After the win, the RCB players and support staff could be seen engaging in a funny dance. Virat Kohli also danced with the team and at one point Faf Du Plessis even lifted him
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Captain Faf leads from the front off the field as well, as the team prepares to bring finesse into the team song. Here’s more from last night’s win against MI.#playbold #नम्माRCB #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/h8JnkaIn97
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Sent into bat, Tilak Verma smashed a scintillating 84 off 46 balls to single-handedly power MI to 171 for seven but Kohli and du Plessis made mockery of the total, slamming twin fifties as RCB romped home with as many as 22 balls to spare.
Chasing 172, Kohli (82 not out) and Du Plessis (73) produced an exhibition of sublime stroke-making, plundering 10 boundaries and as many maximums during their near flawless 89-ball stand.
After du Plessis perished in the 15th over, Kohli completed the job, hitting a four and a six off Arshad Khan to knock off the winning runs to hand MI their 11th consecutive defeat in their first match of the season.
MI brought in Jason Behrendorff instead of Suryakumar Yadav As their impact player but it didn’t work as he and his new-ball partner Arshad were taken to the cleaners by Kohli and du Plessis, racking up 30 in three overs.
If Behrendorff was smacked for successive sixes by du Plessis, Kohli blasted a four and six off Jofra Archer after being dropped by the bowler in the first ball.
veteran spinner Piyush Chawla was then introduced but du Plessis sent him across extra cover, while Kohli pulled one across the midwicket off Archer as RCB scored 53 in six overs.
Kohli then whacked Chawla over long-on to bring up the team hundred before reaching his individual fifty in the 12th over.
Jason Behrendorff bled 16 runs in the next with du Plessis cracking a six and a four. Kohli then pulled Archer over deep square leg as runs kept coming thick and fast. MI picked up du Plessis and Dinesh Kartik (0) in the fag end but it was too late as Glenn Maxwell (12 not out off 3 balls) and Kohli finished off things in style.
With PTI inputs
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