Sunrisers Hyderabad locked horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 65th match of TATA IPL 2023 on 18 May 2023 in the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. The game was a must-win match for Royal Challengers Bangalore to continue their journey to make it to the playoffs.

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The thrilling match witnessed incredible knocks from both sides as the top players of both teams managed to score a century. Heinrich Klaasen scored his first IPL Ton for Sunrisers Hyderabad and, the former captain, Virat Kohli scored his sixth century for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Brian Lara on Sunrisers Hyderabad’s commendable performance against world-class players

Brian Lara on Sunrisers Hyderabad's commendable performance against world-class players

The former West Indian legendary batsman and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s head coach Brian Lara gave heaps of praise and backed his squad despite their loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Brian claimed that the team had come up with the best plans against Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis.

Unfortunately, all their plans backfired as the opening batsmen duo of Royal Challengers Bangalore registered a 172 runs partnership. Brian called Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis world-class batsmen and appreciated that his team took the game to the last over.

“I am not overly disappointed with today’s [Thursday’s] performance. The guys played really good cricket and we came up against Virat Kohli at his best and Faf du Plessis, who has done a tremendous job for RCB throughout the season. He is the Orange Cap leader at the moment. So, we came up against two world-class players. To lose in the 20th over was a good effort from the boys.” Said Brian Lara in the post-match conference.

Talking about Heinrich Klaasen first Century in the IPL, Brian Lara expressed his gratitude towards him for showing a great attitude and performing consistently for Sunrisers Hyderabad throughout the tournament.

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“He was rewarded tonight with a hundred. Obviously, we would love to be in a winning dressing room, but so be it. He showed his class once more. He showed his determination and his commitment to Sunrisers Hyderabad and we are so happy to have him.” Said Brian Lara in the post-match conference.

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