MI vs. RCB: Glenn Maxwell-Faf du Plessis’ blitzkrieg undoes the advantage MI gained following Virat Kohli’s early defeat

On Tuesday, May 9, at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, the five-time champion Mumbai Indians played the Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 54th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. The visitors, who were given the opportunity to bat first, got off to the worst possible start when Virat Kohli was sent back to the pavilion after only one run.

Anuj Rawat, who had been sent back to the pavilion after just six runs, made no difference, making things much worse for the visitors. Glenn Maxwell, an Australian all-rounder, entered the crease following the loss of the second wicket, and the 34-year-old batsman performed admirably.

Maxwell and du Plessis shown tenacity and built a fantastic partnership. Maxwell amassed 68 runs off of 33 deliveries, while du Plessis scored 65 runs off of 41. Their victories made them the only team in the IPL 2023 to have three century partnerships amongst them.

Bangalore’s batting arsenal has also dominated the competition; du Plessis and Virat Kohli (2) have formed the second-most partnerships of 100 runs or more so far this season. In the current iteration of the prestigious competition, Bangalore’s two hitters have been in outstanding form.
Both MI and RCB aim to win six games in the 2023 IPL.
Eight teams are still in the running to make the playoffs as seen by the IPL points table, which shows five teams knotted at 10 points. Bangalore is presently sixth in the rankings with 10 points after 10 games, while Mumbai Indians are eighth with the same number of points after the same number of games.

Every victory might be essential to either team’s chances of making the playoffs. Both teams have five victories in the tournament thus far, and as they face off, they both hope to add a sixth victory to guarantee their position in the elimination round.

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