Mumbai, April 30: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis was happy to see his predecessor and key batsman Virat Kohli hit in any way, but pointed to his inability to add 10-15 more runs to his total as the reason for his six-game loss. wickets against Gujarat. Titans at IPL 2022 on Saturday.
Choosing to bat in what was their first match of the afternoon in this edition of the IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore rode half a century by Kohli (58) and Rajat Patidar (52) and their partnership of 99 runs for the second wicket to reach 117 / 2 at the end of the 15 envelope. With Kohli still in the middle, Royal Challengers hoped to hit a score of over 180. But the Gujarat Titans played well to restrict them to 170/6.
Chasing 171 for the win, Gujarat aided by an undefeated 79-run fifth-wicket partnership between Rahul Tewatia (43*) and David Miller (39*), reached 174/4 for a comfortable six-wicket victory.
“It was a big step in the right direction to get a solid 50. You want one of your top 4 to get a 70 in the future, so that’s good,” du Plessis said of Kohli’s hit.
However, he lamented that the other hitters were unable to capitalize on the base built by Kohli and Patidar.
“We tried to get 175-180. They shot well in the middle and kept us down. We started well with the ball, but they played under pressure really well like they are doing in the tournament,” du Plessis said after the match.
Reaching 170 was a huge morale boost for the Royal Challengers as they had batted poorly in their previous two games: the Hyderabad Sunrisers had 68 and the Rajasthan Royals 115.
“After two poor performances with the bat, coming back was good. But bowlers who got knocked down by good hitting got away with it,” du Plessis said.