Faf du Plessis praised Virat Kohli for his fighting 58 against Gujarat Titans

Virat Kohli hits half-century in 14 IPL matches

RCB skipper Faf du Plessis on Saturday said Virat Kohli scoring his half-century in 14 IPL matches was a “huge step in the right direction” while Gujarat Titans defeat the Royal Challengers Bangalore and have debuted for the IPL playoffs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis on Saturday said Virat Kohli scoring his half-century in 14 ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) matches was a “huge step in the right direction”. 

Kohli’s fifty couldn’t help the RCB to save the match, the franchise suffered a six-wicket defeat at the hands of table-toppers Gujarat Titans in Mumbai. Asked about Kohli getting to his season first half-century after a chronic slump in form, du Plessis said,

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

Gujarat Titans boost their dominance at the top of the points table with the victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and closed in on a playoff spot in their debut season.

RCB made a target of 171.

“We tried to get 175-180. They bowled well in the middle and kept us down. We started well with the ball but they played under pressure well as they are in the tournament.

“… the bowlers being taken down by good batting took it their way. There was a big side on one side, and there was one over (4th last) where most balls went to the legside,” du Plessis said.

Rahul Tewatia and David Miller make it easier for the Gujarat Titans to win the match after their team was struggling at 95 for four in the 13th over of the innings.

After beating the RCB, Gujarat Titans became the first team to reach the Indian Premier League playoffs in their debut season. 

“Another game with Tewatia was great, it’s important to have such performances to get to the playoffs,”

said Miller at the presentation ceremony.

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

When asked about GT skipper Hardik Pandya, the South African said,

“He’s taken to captaincy well, his batting is good. He’s level-headed off the field and has managed the atmosphere excellently. Role clarity is essential, we are feeding off each other.

“Hope we put a well-rounded performance soon to go one step better from now, where we are doing well in parts. We have been good in the powerplay. It was pretty hot, so we will have a few ice baths and cold beers.”