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Last Updated: March 25, 2024, 20:21 IST

IPL 2024: Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s Virat Kohli takes a catch (X)

Virat Kohli climbed to the top of the list of Indians with the most catches in T20 cricket with his 173rd catch.

Virat Kohli took his 173rd catch to accend to the top of the list of Indians with most catches in T20 cricket during Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s (RCB) 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.

Kohli took the catch of Jonny Bairstow as his milestone dismissal. On the third ball of the third over, Mohammed Siraj bowled it on a good length and angling it in on middle and off. Bairstow tried to heave it over mid off but endded up chopping it straight to mid-wicket, where Kohli ran in from cover, despute Glenn Maxwell being stationed at mid off, took the catch.

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India Fielder With Most Catches in T20s:

173 – Virat Kohli

172 – Suresh Raina

167 – Rohit Sharma

146 – Manish Pandey

136 – Suryakumar Yadav

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Earlier, RCB skipper Faf du Plessis has won the toss and elected to bowl first against Shikhar Dhawan’s PBKS.

RCB came into the game after losing their tournament opener to Chennai Super Kings by six wickets on Friday night. With the home teams winning all matches in IPL 2024 so far, the trend augurs well for RCB to get their first win in the competition.

After winning the toss, du Plessis said their playing eleven is unchanged, much to the delight of their ardent fans packing the stadium.

“It looks a pretty good wicket but also because of the way our team is set up. You can say that RCB hasn’t won a trophy, but the ladies (RCB Women’s winning WPL 2024) broke the sealing and hopefully that motivates us. The boys are excited for the season. In any game of cricket, you can’t lose a cluster of wickets, we did manage to recover towards the end but that is something we have to improve on,” he said.

PBKS come into the match after beating Delhi Capitals by four wickets at their new home venue, the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium, on Saturday afternoon and are also unchanged in their playing eleven.

“We would have bowled first. But looking forward to batting first now. We did a lot of right things in the first game and that’s why we ended up on the winning side. We have to keep improving each game,” said skipper Shikhar Dhawan.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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