Unbeaten 79-run partnership between David Miller and Rahul Tewatia helped Gujarat Titans consolidate top spot in IPL 2022 points table. Get GT vs RCB highlights here.
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Gujarat Titans defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium on Saturday to consolidate top spot in IPL 2022 points table. GT needed 76 runs off 43 balls at one stage and RCB were well in the game, but an unbeaten 79-run partnership between David Miller (39 not out off 24) and Rahul Tewatia (43 not out off 25) took the chasing side home. Earlier, knocks of Virat Kohli (58 off 53) and Rajat Patidar (52 off 32) had helped RCB post 170/6. Gujarat hold the top spot in IPL 2022 table with 16 points from nine games, while RCB are still at the fifth spot in the table with 10 points from as many games. (Scorecard | IPL Points Table | Schedule)
“That's the beauty of this team, people coming in and showing what they can do in clutch situations is becoming quite a habit, something I don't mind happening. We always back them to do it, but they're defying odds time and again. Credit to their confidence level (on David Miller, Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan), the self-belief that they're having, making sure they can finish games,” said GT skipper Hardik Pandya after the win.
Meanwhile, RCB skipper Faf du Plessis said: “We were trying to get to 175-180, the foundation was good, but they did bowl well in the middle overs, but I thought we were 5-10 runs short of a total which I felt was very good. But we started well with the ball, but credit to the (GT) guys for being consistent right through the campaign, they have been so calm during their chases.”
A FOUR from Rahul Tewatia over extra cover and GT win the game by 6 wickets. They race to their fifth win on trot. What kind of team and form this is! Out of the nine games played, they have lost just one and won the rest eight. Wow!
Rahul Tewatia finishes the penultimate over with a SIX. 12 runs came off it and Gujarat Titans are almost home.
GT 164/4 (19)
This is Gujarat Titans game to lose from here. Josh Hazlewood failed to deliver when it mattered the most and conceded 17 runs off his third over. He was extremely economical so far but a bad over and some good batting from the David Miller and Rahul Tewatia duo keeps Gujarat ahead in this game.
GT 152/4 (18)
It was a good over from Harshal Patel. He mixed his pace well and conceded only seven runs off it, including a wide. Josh Hazlewood bowls the next over, Rahul Tewatia will be on strike.
GT 135/4 (17)
Rahul Tewatia hit back-to-back FOURS to Mohammed Siraj before getting one through leg bye. 15 runs came off the over. It must be noted that Rashid Khan is yet to come to bat. GT need 43 in 24.
GT 128/4 (16)
David Miller is doing what he always does! He first hit Wanindu Hasaranga for a FOUR before hitting him for a SIX. 13 runs came off the 15th over for GT. They need 58 more in 30 balls.
GT 113/4 (15)
12.5 - Wanindu Hasaranga gets a much-deserved wicket. He missed the wicket of David Miller on the third ball of the over but gets Sai Sudharshan now on the fifth ball.
Two runs came in the over and a wicket. GT need 75 in 42.
GT 96/4 (13)
Both David Miller and Sai Sudharshan are batting well. Harshal Patel was costly in his second over and it will ease GT's pressure. They need 77 in 48.
GT 94/3 (12)
10.2 - Shahbaz Ahmed strikes again! He gets his second wicket of the game. It was bowled in the slot but Hardik Pandya hit it stright into the hands of long-on fielder. This is a huge wicket for Shahbaz and RCB. They get the man-in-form.
Only five runs came off the over and a wicket.
GT 82/3 (11)
8.5 - Revenge for Shahbaz Ahmed as he gets the wicket of Shubman Gill (31 off 26) on an LBW dismissal. Gill wanted to work it on the leg side for a single but missed it and was caught plumb in front of the stumps.
13 runs came off the over and a wicket.
GT 69/2 (9)
8.4 - Here is the first SIX of Gujarat Titans' innings. Shahbaz Ahmed bowled a full toss on a free hit and Shubman Gill comfortably hit it for half a dozen.
7.3 - Wanindu Hasaranga provides RCB the first breakthrough. Wriddhiman Saha tried to chip a short ball over extra cover but hit the ball into the hands of long-off fielder. He departs on 29 off 22.
Five runs came off the over and a wicket. GT need 116 in 72.
GT 55/1 (8)
12 runs came off the second over of Mohammed Siraj. Wriddhiman Saha showed some attacking intent in the over and fetched two FOURS in it to help his fnish the first powerplay with a slight edge.
GT 46/0 (6)
Only 16 runs have come off the last three overs. RCB have not got any wicket but they have made sure they didn't leak runs. Only Glenn Maxwell was costly in the first over, rest of the GT bowlers have been good so far.
GT 34/0 (5)
In overall so far, RCB bowlers have been good with their line and lengths. On the other hand, both the Gujarat Titans openers are taking their time to get settled. It's not a wrong move when you know that the target needs just 8.5 runs per over.
GT 23/0 (3)
Dinesh Karthik is unwell and this sees Anuj Rawat keeping the wickets for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
GT 18/0 (2)
Glenn Maxwell was handed the first over and both Gujarat Titans openers - Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha - took advantage of it. Both hit a FOUR each in the first over.
GT 10/0 (1)
Royal Challengers Bangalore have posted a good total on the board. Mahipal Lomror gets out on 16 off eight on the last ball of the over. While Virat Kohli (58 off 53) and Rajat Patidar (52 off 32) set the platform, Glenn Maxwell's 33 off 18 and Lomror's 16 helped RCB's cause. This pitch is not an easy one to bat on and Gujarat have to plan this chase well.
Rashid Khan has taken a sensational catch at cover. Glenn Maxwell is out on 33 off 18. Lockie Ferguson gets the wicket.
11 runs came off the over. Another 15 runs can take RCB to a good total. Can they get there?
RCB 155/5 (19)
17.3 - Rashid Khan has got the wicket of Dinesh Karthik. Timing the ball is not easy on this pitch. Apart from Rajat Patidar, RCB batters have struggled to play their shots from the middle of the bat.
Eight runs came off the over and a wicket. Rashid ends his quota of four overs with figures of 1/29.
RCB 144/4 (18)
16.4 - This is the end of Virat Kohli's knock. He tried to create some room for himself but Mohammed Shami bowled a beautiful yorker to disturb his stumps. Kohli departs on 58 off 53.
15 runs came off the last over of Mohammed Shami despite the wicket of Kohli.
RCB 136/3 (17)
14.1 - This is the end of Rajat Patidar's fine knock (52 off 32). He walked across the stumps and tried to play a scoop shot but mistimed it to find the fielder at square leg. Pradeep Sangwan gets his second wicket of the game.
Seven runs came off the over and a wicket. Pradeep Sangwan finishes his quota of four overs with figures of 2/19.
RCB 117/2 (15)
13.4 - A FOUR from Rajat Patidar and he races to his maiden IPL fifty in just 29 balls. This is a special knock from him. He took all the pressure from Virat Kohli and led RCB from the front.
RCB 110/1 (14)
12.3 - A single and here is the first fifty of the season for Virat Kohli. This was much-needed for him. It is his 43rd in IPL and he gets there in 45 balls. He must be a relieved man now. The best part of the innings so far is that Kohli put his past in the dugout when he came in to bat today and played with the same confidence like he used to do during his prime days.
Eight runs came off Mohammed Shami's third over.
RCB 102/1 (13)
Rajat Patidar has taken the responsibility of scoring quick runs. He is striking at a rate of around 190 and has completely taken the pressure off Kohli.
RCB 87/1 (11)
15 runs came off Lockie Ferguson's second over. First, Virat Kohli hit him for a SIX and a FOUR before Rajat Patidar too scored a FOUR off the last ball of the over. This partnership is turning out to be dangerous for Gujarat Titans now.
RCB 75/1 (10)
8.2 - First maximum of the innings comes from the bat of Rajat Patidar. It was bowled full from Rashid Khan and the right-handed RCB batter tonked it into the stands over long-on.
RCB 60/1 (9)
Virat Kohli is looking extremely good today. He is hitting majority of the balls from the middle of his bat. Let's hope he gets a good score today. It is important not only for RCB or Kohli's fans, but also for team India.
RCB 48/1 (7)
Gujarat Titans didn't get any wicket since the fall of RCB skipper Faf du Plessis but they have made sure they didn't leak runs. Pacers got some good help from the pitch and there was good amount of swing on offer. Considering that RCB would be happy with the decent start.
RCB 43/1 (6)
Kohli and Patidar might not be good with running between the wickets momentarily, but they are hitting the boundaries beautifully. 13 runs came off Alzarri Joseph's first over.
RCB 34/1 (5)
Both Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar survived two close run-outs in the fourth over. The lack of communication between the two was evident.
RCB 21/1 (4)
On the third ball of the third over, Mohammed Shami tried to bluff Virat Kohli by bowling a bouncer to him when the fine leg was up. He had also trapped Kohli as the RCB batter edged the ball, but it flew over the short fine leg fielder for a FOUR.
RCB 19/1 (3)
1.5 - Faf du Plessis is out! This was always coming as the RCB skipper was never comfortable against Pradeep Sangwan in this over. It was bowled outside off but du Plessis threw his bat to it and edged to Wriddhiman Saha. Meanwhile, this is the 150th dismissal in T20 cricket.
Only one runs came off the over and a wicket. This is a terrific return to IPL for Sangwan.
RCB 11/1 (2)
0.3 - FOUR! A full length delivery and Virat Kohli just had to push it forward as there was no long-off and mid-off. He just needed to keep the ball away from the extra cover fielder and he did that quite easily.
0.4 - Shami sprayed it on the pads of Kohli and the latter gets another boundary. These boundaries will give him some confidence.
RCB 10/0 (1)
Virat Kohli is on the strike, Faf du Plessis is at the non-striker's end. Mohammed Shami has the new ball in hand. Here we go!
Royal Challengers Bangalore have replaced Suyash Prabhudessai with Mahipal Lomror, while Gujarat Titans are playing Sai Sudharsan and Pradeep Sangwan in places of Abhinav Manohar and Yash Dayal.
It should be noted that Gujarat Titans are the only team in IPL 2022 who have lost only one match. Can Royal Challengers Bangalore take the count to two today. They were already suffering with their batting problems of late and now they have decided to take that challenge and set a total, that too against one of the best bowling line-ups this season. Let's see how the move fares.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Hardik Pandya (c), Sai Sudharsan, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis has won the toss and opted to bat first against Gujarat Titans.
This is Hardik Pandya's 100th IPL game.
Five of Gujarat Titans' seven wins have come while chasing, four of those in the last over, and two off the last ball. A confident lot, they are for sure. But thrillers are also about luck. For now, GT are living a charmed life. By the way, captain Hardik Pandya will turn up for his 100th IPL match today.
Royal Challengers Bangalore were dismissed for 68 all out in their last match at Brabourne by Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was followed by 115 all out against Rajasthan Royals at MCA Stadium in Pune. RCB will look for some serious batting redemption against Gujarat Titans today.