After losing to Gujarat Titans by six wickets in the final league stage game on Sunday at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was eliminated from contention for the IPL 2023 Playoffs.
Mumbai Indians were able to earn a position in the IPL Playoffs with a fourth-place finish thanks to RCB’s loss. In 16 editions, Mumbai Indians (MI) achieved their tenth Playoff qualification.
Virat Kohli’s record-breaking eighth IPL century helped the club reach 197 before RCB slipped up. However, the Titans, who collected 20 points from 14 games, set up the chase with a brilliant counter-attacking knock from Shubman Gill.
Gujarat Titans (GI) were 59/1 after 7 overs thanks to a partnership between Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar. GT dominated the power play but lost Wriddhiman Saha early; however, they appeared to be on track to surpass RCB’s 198-point goal. Saha was removed by Mohammed Siraj so that RCB could draw first blood.
Virat Kohli scored 101 runs to lead RCB to 197/5 in 20 overs as he hammered his second consecutive century. To advance to the IPL 2023 playoffs, RCB must win, while Gujarat Titans needed 198 to triumph. Anuj Rawat scored 23 in 15 balls and Faf du Plessis scored 28 in 19 balls to help his team’s total reach 197 runs. Only Shikhar Dhawan and Jos Buttler have scored back-to-back hundreds in IPL history, and Kohli is the second.
In an effort to push Royal Challengers Bangalore over the 200-run threshold, Virat Kohli scored fifty runs, which enabled RCB to reach 132/4 in just 14 overs. Four overs remained as Kohli was joined for the final 30 balls by Dinesh Karthik. Following Mohammed Shami’s dismissal of Michael Bracewell at 26 off 16, Gujarat Titans made a strong comeback.
After 12 overs, Royal Challengers Bangalore reached 112/3 thanks in large part to Virat Kohli, who scored fifty runs. Virat Kohli scored his fifty in just 35 balls despite the fact that RCB lost three wickets in short succession and needed to win their match against the Gujarat Titans. Michael Bracewell and Kohli put together a 50-run partnership during this period. Having taken three wickets, Hardik Pandya’s team is under pressure.
After five overs, Royal Challengers Bangalore had a score of 53 without loss thanks to Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis. Du Plessis is at bat with 12 outs and is at 23. As they finish the powerplay at 62/0 after 6 overs, RCB has overpowered the Gujarat Titans bowlers.
The defending champions have already qualified for Qualifier 1, where they will play Chennai Super Kings (CSK). They hope to enter the elimination stage with a winning streak. Tuesday’s Qualifier 1 will feature GT vs. Chennai Super Kings, and Wednesday’s Eliminator will see Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) vs. Mumbai Indians in Chennai.