Run machine Virat Kohli (82 not out off 49 balls) continued his form and exploded. It has 6 fours and 5 sixes. Together with captain Duplessis (73 off 43 balls) they added 148 runs for the first wicket and brought the team to victory. In the end, despite Duplessis and Karthik being out, Kohli and Maxwell completed the rest.
Kohli, who has only played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in his IPL career, has recently completed a half-century. It includes 5 centuries and 45 half-centuries.
Royal Challengers Bangalore started the 16th season of IPL on a grand note. RCB won by 8 wickets in the match against Mumbai Indians at Chinna Swamy Stadium on Sunday. Mumbai chased down the target of 172 runs in just 16.2 overs. Run machine Virat Kohli (82 not out off 49 balls) continued his form and exploded. It has 6 fours and 5 sixes. Together with captain Duplessis (73 off 43 balls) they added 148 runs for the first wicket and brought the team to victory. In the end Duplessis and Karthik were out but Kohli and Maxwell did the rest. Among the Mumbai bowlers, Arshad Khan and Cameron Green took a wicket each. Duplessis won the Player of the Match award for Bengaluru with a superb catch and captaincy innings. Mumbai lost the toss and batted first and scored 171 runs for 7 wickets. Tilak Verma (84 not out; 9×4, 4×6 in 46 balls) played with a superb innings for Mumbai who lost 4 wickets for 48 runs.
But Mumbai could not take advantage of Tilak Verma’s struggle. The team’s bowlers could not make any impact. And Archer dropped the return catch given by Kohli at 7 runs. Mumbai paid a heavy price for this. Surviving with life, Kohli burst out as the sky was the limit. On the other hand Duplessis tried to send the ball directly into the stands instead of running. After competing with each other and hitting fours and sixes, RCB scored 53 runs and crossed the hundred in the 11th over. Duplessis completed his fifties in 29 balls and Kohli in 38 balls. However, Duplessis was dismissed with 24 runs in 32 balls for victory. Immediately Karthik (0) also turned back. Then Kohli and Maxwell (12 not out; 2×6 in 3 balls) played hard and Bengaluru won in 22 balls.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 2, 2023
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