Virat Kohli returned to being the skipper of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium for the first time since Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and he was a happy man.
RCB beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 7 runs and pocketed yet another win. RCB ticked nearly all the boxes in the game and ensured that they register their 4th win in IPL 2023. They are now in the 5th position in the points table of IPL 2023.
RR meanwhile dropped to the 2nd position in the points table after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the evening game of yesterday.
In this article, we take a look at 3 talking points of the RCB vs RR game in IPL 2023 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium:
1. Virat Kohli shines as a captain
For the second consecutive time in IPL 2023, RCB registered a victory under the astute captaincy of Virat Kohli. The aggressive tactics and mentality of Kohli was on display as RR succumbed to a 7-run defeat at the hands of the home team.
RCB sported a green jersey and it proved to be lucky for them. Even though the talismanic batter Kohli couldn’t leave an impact with the bat in this RCB vs RR game, he shone as a captain.
2. The Glenn Maxwell and Faf Du Plessis show
The two overseas players of RCB in the form of Glenn Maxwell and Faf Du Plessis played beautifully and powered RCB to a challenging score of 189. While Faf scored 62 runs in 39 balls, the Australian batting all-rounder scored 77 runs in 44 balls.
The duo set the platform for the bowlers to capitalise and the RCB team didn’t disappoint their home fans.
3. Harshal Patel finally has a good game
For a long time, Harshal Patel wasn’t being as effective as he was in IPL 2023. But in this game under the captaincy of the evergreen Virat Kohli, he was exceptional with the ball. The pacer bagged 3 wickets and conceded only 32 runs in 4 overs.
Since Mohammad Siraj is also in good form, RCB would be extremely happy with Harshal Patel’s performance with the white cherry.
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