GT vs RCB: Virat Kohli’s fifty is a huge step in the right direction, says Faf du Plessis

Highlighting the positives in their defeat to Gujarat Titans on Saturday, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis said Virat Kohli showing a glimpse of his vintage self is a huge plus for him and the team in IPL 2022.

Going through one of the worst phases of his career, Virat Kohli showed some park and hit his first fifty of the season. It wasn’t one of his smoothest innings, but Kohli delighted the crowd at Brabourne Stadum with some glorious shots.

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Kohli failed to continue after reaching 50 as he was sacked by Mohammed Shami for 58 from 53 balls. RCB managed to place 170 but it was not enough as they were defeated by 6 wickets. Kohli’s 58 and Rajat Patidar’s 52 along with Glenn Maxwell’s quickfire 33 were the only bright spots in an otherwise disappointing batting show from RCB.

Captain du Plessis’ struggle continued when he was fired for a duck.

“It was a huge step in the right direction to get to a solid 50. You want one of your top 4 in the future to make it to the 70s, so that’s good,” said Fad du Plessis.

Gujarat Titans extended their dominance at the top of the table with the win over RCB IPl 2022 and secured a play-off spot in their starting year. Gujarat struggled to reduce to 98/4 in the 13th over, but the unbeaten cameos of David Miller and Rahul Tewatia helped GT cross the finish line.

“We tried to get 175-180. They threw well in the middle and kept us low. We started well on the ball, but they played very well under pressure as they are in the tournament.

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“…the bowlers who got knocked down by hitting well took it their way. There was a big side on one side, and there was one over (4th last) where most of the balls went to the legside,” said du Pless.

With 16 points, which has been the magic sign, the Titans are on their way to a top two place at the end of the competition phase.

MILLER LAUDS TEWATIA

“Another game with Tewatia was great, it’s important to have such performances to get to the play-offs,” said South African star David Miller, who was in good form for GT.

“Playing a lot of golf helped, but being relaxed with Ashish Nehra and Gary Kirsten in the list of coaches helped.”

When asked about GT skipper Hardik Pandya, the South African said: “He has a good captaincy, his striking power is good. He is level-headed off the field and has mastered the atmosphere very well. Role clarity is essential, we feed each other.

“Hopefully we can put in a well-rounded performance soon to go one step better from now on, where we’re doing well in parts. We’ve been good in the power play. It’s been quite warm, so we’ll have a few ice baths and cold.” beers.”

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