IPL 2023: After being out of the playoff race, RCB captain raised questions on his own team, gave the reason for not qualifying

Faf Du Plessis Statement After Defeat Against Gujarat Titans: Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a 6-wicket defeat against Gujarat Titans in a do or die match on Sunday (May 21). With this defeat, RCB’s journey in IPL 2023 ended. After the match, Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis raised questions on his own team. Faf told why this season also Bangalore team missed out on winning the title. 

After the match the RCB captain said, "I am very disappointed. Tonight we went down with a very strong team. Shubman Gill scored a brilliant century. The ground was very wet in the second innings. The ground was wet even in the first innings. We had to change the ball many times in the second innings. Virat Kohli played an incredible inning. We thought we had put up a good score. But Shubman Gill played well and took the match away from us."

Faf further said, "Talking about batting, the top-4 showed a good game. But the middle order could not do well for the whole season. Especially in death overs. Kohli played brilliantly throughout the season. Perhaps the whole season we did not have an opening partnership of less than 40. We need to finish the innings well in the end."

He further said, "Last year, Dinesh Karthik did a great batting and scored runs in the end. But this season he could not do so. And if you look at the teams that have been successful, they have great hitters at number five and six."

Account of the match

RCB had scored 197 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs after playing first. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 101 runs in 61 balls for Bangalore. During this, 13 fours and a six came out of his bat. At the same time, Faf scored 28 runs in 19 balls. Apart from this, Glenn Maxwell 11, Dinesh Karthik 00 and Mahipal Lomror were dismissed after scoring one run. After this, Shubman Gill played a brilliant match-winning inning of 104 runs in 52 balls for Gujarat to chase the target of 198 runs. During this, Gill hit 5 fours and 8 sixes. Apart from this, Vijay Shankar played an important inning of 53 runs in 35 balls. Shankar hit seven fours and two sixes. 

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