Virat Kohli
Half-centuries from Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Punjab Kings.

With 343 runs in six games, Faf du Plessis is in the lead for the Orange Cap, while Virat Kohli sits in third with 279 runs.

At the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli scored fifty runs to help the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat the Punjab Kings (PBKS). Faf scored 84 runs off 56 balls, and Kohli scored 59 runs off 47 to record his 48th half-century. For the first wicket, they scored 137 runs in 16 overs, but former Australian hitter Matthew Hayden was unimpressed. Hayden has called out both Faf and Kohli, stating they need to put their faith in other hitters and stop wasting balls.

We can’t afford to waste balls, so if one of these two wants to bat till the final five overs, the other has to go. They’ll need to put faith in their deep lineup of batters. Here is where the game’s matrix, in terms of batting strike rate, is largely unrecognizable. “It’s absolutely crucial, especially at the end of a T20 match,” Hayden stated on television.

Hayden provided additional support for his argument by pointing out that CSK captain MS Dhoni has been smashing boundaries at free while batting in the lower half of the order.

You’ve been hearing a lot about “impact players” in this IPL season. These men have been winning games, and it’s important for teams to remember that they can’t afford to get complacent by batting safely in partnerships. Scoring swiftly must be a top priority. Take MS Dhoni, for example, who once hit 400 runs in a match.

Faf, captain of RCB, has scored 343 runs through six games, putting him in the lead for the Orange Cap. Kohli, meanwhile, is in third place, with 279 runs recorded through six games.

The next scheduled encounter for RCB is this coming Sunday, April 23 against the Rajasthan Royals.

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