Virat Kohli was spotted giving his wife and actress Anushka Sharma a flying kiss during the current IPL 2023 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. After being given the opportunity to bat first in the encounter against the table-toppers, the Challengers scored 189/9 on the board. The RCB legend was seen showing his wife affection while assisting his squad in defending the total. When cheering against Kings XI Punjab at the same location in 2018, Anushka Sharma was spotted giving Virat Kohli the same sign.
Notably, RR’s Yashasvi Jaiswal holed out to Kohli in the deep off Harshal Patel’s bowling on the fourth ball of the 14th over just as he appeared poised to extend his innings. The stand-in skipper finished the catch in reverse cup fashion after dipping the full toss. Then, while performing a lap, he gave his wife, Anushka, a flying kiss before blowing a kiss in the direction of the audience. This was Kohli’s 101st IPL catch, which is interesting.
For the second time in the IPL 2023, Virat Kohli entered the field to make the toss earlier in the game. However, Kohli’s luck ran out when Sanju Samson, his opponent, won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first. Challengers’ batting suffered a serious setback when Virat was dismissed for a golden duck and returned to the pavilion on the opening pitch of the game. Trent Boult, who started the bowling for RR, looked intimidating as he used his ferocious inswinger to trap the RCB veteran in front of the wickets.
The speedy Kiwi bowler recorded his 100th IPL victory with Kohli’s takedown. Confidently, Boult took Shahbaz Ahmed on his next over after the legend was out. However, Faf du Plessis’ (62 off 39) and Glenn Maxwell’s (77 off 44) contributions enabled Bangalore to amass 189/9 at the conclusion of their innings.
Rajasthan Royals were defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore thanks to Harshal Patel’s incredible spell.
The Challengers made a strong start in their defense of the large target as their opening bowler Mohammed Siraj struck out the Royals’ key batsman Jos Buttler in his first over. However, RCB struggled under the dependable partnership of Yashasvi Jasiwal and Devdutt Padikkal, but David Willey came through in the clutch by picking up Padikkal.
Following the dismissal of the left-handed hitter, RR’s batting appeared unsteady as Harshal Patel’s disciplined bowling caused mayhem. The medium-pacer snatched the game away from the Royals by pursuing the scalps of Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, and Ravichandran Ashwin, and ultimately penned a memorable triumph for the hosts.