This was a must-win game for RCB, but the bowlers failed to defend 197 runs as Shubman Gill hit a splendid century, matching Kohli stroke for stroke and going one up on the 34-year-old by taking GT to over the line.
This knocked RCB out of the IPL 2023, sending Mumbai Indians into the playoffs as the fourth team, joining GT, CSK, and LSG in the playoffs.
After being asked to bat first, Virat‘s lone-man battle – a second century in a row, and 7th overall in his IPL career, going past Chris Gayle’s tally of 7 IPL tons – took RCB to a total of 197.
While Kohli became only the third batsman in the IPL history to register back-to-back centuries, Shubman Gill joined the list with his second consecutive century. Getting to his hundred in style with a six in the last over of the chase, Gill scored an unbeaten 104 off 52 balls, winning the game for GT, propelling MI into the playoffs, and crashing RCB’s IPL trophy dreams once again.
Naveen-ul-Haq continues with his cheap antics to insult Virat Kohli
A day after shushing the KKR crowd who were chanting “Kohli Kohli”, LSG seamer Naveen posted an Instagram story to mock RCB and Virat Kohli. After RCB and Kohli got knocked out from the tournament, Naveen posted an Instagram story of a man laughing.
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It seems like Naveen-ul-Haq is still not over his ugly spat with Kohli earlier in this season. And it’s a couple of times that he’s tried to troll Kohli on Instagram. The RCB star though hasn’t spoken or acted in response yet.
After the loss, RCB skipper Faf du Plessis said: “Very disappointed. We played a really strong team tonight, an amazing hundred from Shubman. It was really wet in the second innings. It was wet in the first innings as well, but there wasn’t a lot of grip in the second innings and also we had to change the ball quite a few times during the second innings. Virat played an unbelievable knock to give us a chance and thought that was a good score, but shubman played incredibly well to take the game away from us. From a batting perspective, the top 4 contributed really well. We missed a few runs from the middle order consistently throughout the season, especially in the back end of the innings, and also in the middle overs perhaps didn’t get as many wickets as we would have liked.”
On Virat Kohli, Faf added: “He (Kohli) played really good cricket throughout the season and as a partnership probably not a single game where we had anything under 40 as an opening combination. We need to improve well on finishing games especially in the back end. Last year DK had a purple patch and was finishing games left, right and centre, but this season it wasn’t to be. And if you see the teams that succeed they have some good hitters at five at six probably six and seven.”