Virat Kohli (101 not out, 61b, 13×4, 1×6) broke a number of records on his way to his second consecutive century of the IPL 2023 against Gujarat Titans at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday night. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) did not make it to the playoffs of the tournament because Titans opener Shubman Gill (104 not out, 52b, 5×4, 8×6) had other ideas and helped his team pull off a
Gill not only hit the ball as well as Kohli, but he also hit the ball more often, which was important to his team’s nearly perfect chase. Vijay Shankar, who came in as an impact player and hit 53 off 35 balls, helped him out. He hit seven fours and a couple of sixes during his innings.
After RCB’s loss, Mumbai Indians (MI), who had beaten Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier that day at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, went into the playoffs by finishing fourth on the table with 16 points. RCB, on the other hand, got 14 points less than Rajasthan Royals and came in sixth place.
The Titans, who were in first place with 20 points, will play Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday in Qualifier 1, while MI will play Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator the next day.
Brett Lee, an IPL expert for JioCinema, had nothing but good things to say about Gill. I love the way he goes for the legs. He gets control. That he can do and get to because his hands are strong and his timing is great.”
Lee said, “123 off 71 balls, that was the partnership that broke the back of the RCB bowlers. Yes, it was a wet ball, and the conditions weren’t great for the bowlers, but credit has to go where credit is due. They both hit the ball very well tonight.”
An IPL expert named Anil Kumble said this about Kohli’s hundred: “You could see that fire and hunger. Today was a big day for RCB, because no other batter was doing well. Faf du Plessis is a very good player, but when he was out of the game quickly, it put a lot of pressure on Virat Kohli. But even with all that pressure and duty, he made a great century.”