The hosts won the toss and requested that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bat first in the current IPL 2023 match between Punjab Kings and RCB. Both of the visitors’ openers, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis, played brilliantly to put their team in charge. Notably, Kohli served as team captain because Du Plessis injured his ribs during the previous game.
It’s interesting that he declined to captain the team but still entered the game with the intention of being replaced in the second inning. He appeared to be in superb shape and was close to reaching a beautiful fifty, which was commendable given the injury. Kohli played an outstanding knock while once again serving as the RCB captain. In the 14th over, he hit a four against Arshdeep Singh to reach fifty off 40 balls.
During his knock, the great batter made some flawless strokes. Jitesh Sharma made a sensational catch to help Harpreet Brar eliminate Kohli after he had scored 59 off 47 balls. He hit one maximum and five boundaries throughout his knock. Notably, this was his first fifty-plus score while leading the RCB since 2021.
The IPL’s first player to reach 100-plus scores is Virat Kohli.
RCB got off to a blazing start thanks to Virat Kohli, but his fervor waned after the powerplay. After the interim captain left, Harpreet Brar removed all-rounder Glenn Maxwell (0) to prevent them from amassing a huge score. Nathan Ellis removed Du Plessis, and Arshdeep Singh dismissed keeper-batter Dinesh Karthik for seven runs.
In the course of the game, Kohli also reached a new record by hitting 600 fours in the lucrative league. After Shikhar Dhawan (730) and David Warner (608) he is just the third batsman to reach 600 fours. In addition, he made history by becoming the first batter in league history to record 100 or more runs. PBKS have six points from five matches and are presently ranked fifth in the IPL 2023 points standings. On the other side, with four points from five games, RCB are currently in eighth position.
In their first IPL 2023 match, RCB fell to the four-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Bengaluru by an eight-run margin. In the meantime, PBKS defeated the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by two wickets in their most recent game. The crucial two points will be up for grabs for both clubs.