LOCATION – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

The Royal Challengers’ decision to win the toss and bowl first was a wise one. Before the powerplay ended, MI’s top order had returned to the hut, and the run rate was under 5 r.p.o. While Surya got a start but couldn’t turn it into a significant score, the captain Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Cameron Green all fell for cheaply. Tilak Varma, who played a blinder and scored an unbeaten 84 off 46 deliveries, was the only hitter who appeared to be hitting well. Virat Kohli and Skipper Faf du Plessis came out firing in response to a target of 172. The pair turned the game against the opposition by scoring 148 runs together in 14.5 overs.The assault was began by Faf, and Virat Kohli followed suit. Virat’s unbeaten 82 (49) and Faf’s 73 (43) helped RCB reach the target with 3.4 overs remaining. Watching batters in the calibre of Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis was a treat!

The captain of MI, Rohit Sharma, said, “Didn’t get off to a fantastic start with the bat in the powerplay. But in the end, Tilak Varma and a few other batters put forth a really strong effort. But we also didn’t use the ball well. Tilak Varma is a cheerful individual who possesses considerable talent. He played some shots that required a lot of bravery. Tilak deserves praise for leading us to a respectable total of 171. Even yet, we didn’t even play to our full ability. More runs—probably 30 to 40—would have been ideal. Naturally, the situation is different without Jasprit Bumrah, but someone needs to volunteer and take the lead. We cannot continue to live in the past. We have no control over injuries, therefore we can’t really do much about them. The other men in the setup are also quite talented. We must provide them with that assistance. There is a lot to anticipate even with the season’s first game.

The player of the game is FAF DU PLESSIS.

RCB captain Faf du Plessis: “Nice to start the way we did. Siraj had the tail up and set the tone for us early in the powerplay. Our bowlers adhered to the strategies and carried them out flawlessly throughout the innings. On this track, if you got into excellent positions as a hitter, you could score runs. However, if you removed pace off the ball, it wasn’t too simple to play and there was something in it for the spinners as well. It’s a wonderful feeling for me to be playing here for the first time as a home player, especially when I get to bat with Virat Kohli. Energy reflects off of him. We as a team will benefit much from this start.

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