Young Mumbai Indians (MI) batter Tilak Varma was the shining star for his team in their crushing loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 2nd in Bengaluru their opening match of the IPL 2023.
Tilak Varma played a one-man show in Mumbai Indians’ eight-wicket loss on Sunday.
MI was asked to bat first after RCB captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and chose to bowl first. The Rohit Sharma-led side lost the big wickets of captain Rohit Sharma (1), Ishan Kishan (10) and Cameron Green (5). Mumbai further slipped to 48-4 when New Zealand off-spinner Michael Bracewell had Suryakumar Yadav (15) caught at point.
However, Tilak Varma anchored one end and added 50 runs with Nehal Wadhera (21) for 5th wicket and a quick partnership of 48* in 18 balls with Arshad Khan (15*) for the 8th wicket to take MI to 171/9 in 20 overs.
Varma remained unbeaten on 84 in 46 balls with 9 fours and 4 sixes. It was a special innings made even more spectacular as Varma’s family was present in the M Chinnaswamy stadium to cheer him on and were seen enjoying their son’s brutal knock.
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Unfortunately for MI, RCB chased down the 172-run target with 8 wickets in hand and 22 balls to go. Faf du Plessis made 73 in 43 balls and Virat Kohli made 82* in 49 balls and the duo had added 148 runs for the first wicket in 14.5 overs.