On Saturday, Royal Challengers Bengaluru chased down a target of 148 against Gujarat Titans in just 13.4 overs in Bengaluru. While the number of overs left might make one believe that RCB had it easy, it was not so. RCB lost six wickets and had it not been for some rearguard action by Dinesh Karthik and Swapnil Singh, things would have been tricky for RCB. The chase started on a string footing for RCB as they crossed in the Powerplay.

Just when it looked like RCB would cruise to the target, they started losing wickets. From 92/0 in 5.4 overs RCB were reduced to 111/6 in 10. 4 overs. Faf du Plessis (64) and Virat Kohli (42) were the only good performers as stars like Will Jacks (1), Rajat Patidar (2), Glenn Maxwell (1), Cameron Green (1)  fell like a pack of cards.

It prompted former Indian cricket team wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel to call Glenn Maxwell over-rated. “Glenn Maxwell….HE IS THE MOST OVERRATED player in the history of ipl…#IPL2024 ….” he wrote on X.

For that comment, he was brutally trolled and even body-shamed.

Talking about the match, Royal Challengers Bengaluru pressed the self-destruction button halfway but a blazing fifty by captain Faf du Plessis had enough torque in it to carry them to a four-wicket over Gujarat Titans in their IPL match on Saturday.

Du Plesiss (64, 23b, 10×4, 3×6) and Kohli (42, 27b, 2×4, 4×6), who added 92 runs in just 35 balls for the opening wicket, were in prime touch as Royal Challengers moved past a frail target of 148, braving some nervy moments, most of it their own creation.

The win also lifted RCB to seventh place on the table with eight points from 11 matches, and kept their mathematical chances of making it to the play-offs alive.

With PTI inputs

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