On Sunday (May 21) the last league match of IPL 2023 was played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans. For Faf du Plessis’s team, this match was nothing short of life and death. Actually, if RCB had won this match, they would have gone straight to the playoffs, but Gujarat defeated Bangalore by 6 wickets in this match. Along with this, the dream of winning the RCB title for the 16th consecutive year was also shattered.
After playing first in this match, RCB had scored 197 runs in 20 overs thanks to Virat Kohli’s strong century. In response, Shubman Gill scored a century for the Gujarat Titans and earned his team five balls before the match. Even though Gill gave victory to Gujarat by batting the first ball of 20 for a six, but do you know that even before the start of the match, RCB’s defeat was decided?
In fact, in this do-or-die match, Bangalore’s captain Faf du Plessis lost the toss. Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and decided to bowl first. With this, the writing of the defeat of the RCB had begun. We say this because the Gujarat titans have no match in the foot chase.
The record of Gujarat Titans, who made their debut in IPL 2022, has been excellent in the foot race. The team has won 13 of 17 games while chasing runs since last year. These figures attest that the defeat of RCB was also decided as soon as they lost the draw.
RCB had scored 197 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs after playing first. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 101 runs off 61 balls for Bangalore. During this, 13 fours and one six came off his bat. At the same time, Faf scored 28 runs off 19 balls. Apart from this, Glenn Maxwell 11, Dinesh Karthik 00 and Mahipal Lomror were all dismissed after scoring a run. Following this, Shubman Gill played a brilliant 104-run winning innings from 52 balls as Gujarat chased down the 198-run target. During this, Gill hit 5 fours and 8 sixes. Apart from this, Vijay Shankar played a major innings of 53 runs off 35 balls. Shankar hit seven fours and two sixes.