The first encounter between the two teams in IPL 2023 was a close one. Sunrisers Hyderabad did not have a good start playing here earlier. Both openers Rahul Tripathi and Abhishek Sharma were dismissed by Michael Bracewell in the opening overs of the powerplay. After this Heinrich Klaasen handled the innings. He played a powerful inning of 104 runs, due to which Sunrisers scored 186 runs losing 5 wickets in 20 overs.
In reply, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis put on a brilliant 172-run partnership to hand RCB a one-sided victory. RCB achieved this target by losing just 2 wickets in 19.2 overs. Virat played an innings of 100 runs while du Plessis scored 71 runs.
In a matchup between two of the tournament’s top scorers, Virat Kohli’s century helped Royal Challengers Bangalore secure a much-needed win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kohli’s 100 off 63 balls helped nullify Heinrich Klaasen’s 104 off 51 balls, with both players scoring centuries. The win was crucial for RCB, who remain in the playoff race with 7 wins, while Hyderabad are at the bottom of the table with 9 defeats in 13 matches.
With this win, RCB has moved up to fourth in the points table. Earlier, the team registered a huge victory by defeating Rajasthan by 112 runs. Now they have defeated Sunrisers by 8 wickets, increasing the tension of Mumbai Indians who have dropped to fifth place. RCB still has to play their last match against Gujarat and Mumbai against Sunrisers. If both teams win, a better run rate may come into play for the playoffs. At the same time, the equation will also depend on how other teams fare in their final matches.