Royal Challengers Bangalore ride on knocks from Virat Kohli (73), Faf du Plessis (44) and Glenn Maxwell (40 not out) to beat Gujarat Titans and keep their IPL 2022 playoffs hopes alive. Get highlights of RCB vs GT.
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It was purely a one-sided affair from Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium against Gujarat Titans. After restricting Gujarat Titans to 168/5, courtesy of a fifty from captain Hardik Pandya, it was the turn of the big man to rise to the occasion. Chasing more than eight runs per over, Virat Kohli was at his vintage best as he ripped apart the opposition bowlers with ease and utmost timing. Kohli laid the platform with a brilliant 115-run opening wicket stand with Faf du Plessis before sharing another 31-run stand with Glenn Maxwell to put RCB on top. Maxwell then hit an 18-ball 40 to win the game by eight wickets and eliminate Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings from the IPL 2022 playoffs contention. Kohli’s 54-ball 73 was laced with eight fours and two sixes. With this win, RCB rise to the fourth spot with 16 points but with a negative net run rate. Rajasthan Royals are third and are all but qualified for the playoffs. RCB’s fate hangs on the result of the match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians on May 21. If DC win, RCB are out but if DC lose, then the NRR will come into play about who takes the final playoffs spot. Get highlights of RCB vs GT here.
I can keep going. It was an important game. I was disappointed that I have not done enough for the team. Today was a game where I was able to create an impact for the team. Puts us in a good position.
Faf du Plessis (RCB): Throughout the season we haven't done as much as have liked. But you still need to back these big players. Virat had been putting in the hard yards in the nets. I play the role with him and get him pumped up.
Hardik Pandya (GT): The ball was stopping here and there and we were happy with 168. We wanted to give Lockie the opportunity, but the wicket was holding a bit. We pulled things back in the middle but the way Maxwell played in the end made us feel we were 10 runs short.
Glenn Maxwell finishes the game in style with three fours as RCB keep their playoffs hopes alive. RCB win by eight wickets. Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad are officially eliminated now. Rajasthan Royals also qualify for IPL 2022 playoffs.
Oh No! Virat Kohli is stumped for 54-ball 73 by Matthew Wade off Rashid Khan. Much-needed breakthrough for GT. RCB 148/2 (17)
Glenn Maxwell is looking to end this match early. The Australian hits Hardik Pandya for two sixes and a four to join the party. RCB 139/1 (16)
Finally a wicket for Gujarat Titans. Faf du Plessis hits Rashid Khan straight to the hands of Hardik Pandya. Du Plessis goes for 44 but the damage has been done. RCB
The 100-run stand between Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli is up with a four from the former. Lockie Ferguson bangs short and Du Plessis puts it away over mid-wicket. This is RCB's second 100-plus opening wicket stand after 118 against Punjab Kings in the opening fixture. RCB 102/0 (12)
Virat Kohli reaches his fifty in style. Kohli whips Rashid Khan for a six to reach his fifty in 33 balls. Four more singles come from the over. RCB 87/0 (10)
Brilliant over under pressure from R Sai Kishore. The youngster gives just five runs. GT 77/0 (9)
Virat Kohli gets into the forties with another boundary off Yash Dayal. The right-hander dances down the ground and slaps over extra cover. Brilliant batting from Kohli. Faf du Plessis gets the second in the over, this time towards the deep backward point. RCB 72/0 (8)
And Virat Kohli continues his momentum with a couple of fours in the next two overs -- one each against Rashid Khan and Yash Dayal -- to bring the fifty partnership between him and Faf du Plessis. RCB 55/0 (6)
Another big over from Virat Kohli and RCB. The ex-RCB skipper smashes Hardik Pandya for back-to-back fours and Faf du Plessis finishes the over in style with another boundary. RCB 40/0 (4)
Update from Gujarat Titans camp. Wriddhiman Saha has picked up a hamstring injury and Matthew Wade is keeping the wickets in his place.
Virat Kohli leads from the front with three fours off Mohammed Shami. Huge over upfront in a huge game. RCB 26/0 (3)
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis in the middle for RCB. Mohammed Shami bowls the first over for GT. Just a four and a single in the opening six balls. RCB 5/0 (1)
Hardik Pandya starts the final over with a huge six off Josh Hazlewood. Rashid Khan joins the party with another biggie two balls later. 17 runs came from the last over. GT finish at 168/5
Fifty for Hardik Pandya with a top-edged four off Siddhart Kaul. Rashid Khan too had hit a four in the over previously. Rashid finishes off the over with a huge six. 150 up for GT. GT 151/5 (19)
Good return catch by Wanindu Hasaranga to dismiss David Miller. Miller hits hard and Hasaranga puts his hand out in time to grab onto a brilliant catch. Miller goes for 34. Another tight over from RCB. Just five runs come from it. GT 127/4 (17)
Another great over at death by Siddharth Kaul. He varies his pace to keep the Hardik Pandya and David Miller in check. Just four runs come from the over. GT 122/3 (16)
HUGGEEE from David Miller. Shahbaz Ahmed bowls in the slot for Miller and he slots the spinner for a maximum. The 50-run stand between Miller and Hardik Pandya is also completed. GT 118/3 (15)
Down the ground and David Miller hits Glenn Maxwell for a massive six on the third tier. The six also brings GT's 100. Another six from Miller in the next ball, this time it's over deep mid-wicket. Single to end the over. GT 109/3 (14)
Good comeback from Siddhart Kaul after being hit for 14 runs in the first over. The medium-pacer concedes just four runs in the first five balls before Hardik Pandya finishes off the over with a four. GT 86/3 (12)
Complete Drama at Wankhede. First, Suyash Prabhudesai drops Hardik Pandya for a six at the long-on boundary before the latter sees his bat fly to the square leg. After 10 overs, GT are 72/3.
An untimely wicket for GT. Hardik Pandya pushes Harshal Patel for a single. Wriddhiman Saha pauses for a bit and then runs at the other end only to see Faf du Plessis break his stumps. Saha goes for 32. David Miller comes in the middle. GT 62/3 (8.3)
Fifty comes up for Gujarat Titans with a classy four from Wriddhiman Saha. Nine runs come from the over. GT 58/2 (8)
Another success for RCB inside the powerplay. Matthew Wade is caught plumb in front by Glenn Maxwell for 16. Hardik Pandya comes in the middle. A wicket maiden for Maxwell. GT 38/2 (6)
Matthew Wade gets to the action with two fours and a six off fellow Josh Hazlewood. 15 runs come the over. GT 38/1 (5)
What a catch by Glenn Maxwell at the slips to dismiss Shubman Gill. Josh Hazlewood forces Gill to poke a widish delivery and Maxwell does the rest. Matthew Wade comes to the crease. GT 21/1 (3)
Wriddhiman Saha is in his mood. He drags a widish Shahbaz Ahmad delivery for a four to the square of mid-wicket. Just two more singles from the over. GT 20/0 (2)
Wriddhiman Saha starts off the game with a beautiful flick down the leg side for a boundary. Siddhart Kaul is the bowler. Shubman Gill is the other opener for Gujarat Titans. In the slot for Saha and the Bengal stumper hits a six with a straight bat two balls later. Another four through the covers to conclude the over. GT 14/0 (1)
Faf du Plessis (RCB): We have to win today and Delhi need to lose their game. Siddharth Kaul comes in for Mohammed Siraj.
Hardik Pandya (GT): The kind of situation we are in, we thought we can practice batting first and putting a good score on the board. We have one change. Lockie Ferguson comes in for Alzaari Joseph.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Siddarth Kaul, Josh Hazlewood
Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
Hardik Pandya has won the toss and Gujarat Titans opted to bat first.
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium is on the harder side and is expected to be a batting belter. Bowlers will have to maintain their line and length to hold the opposition batters.
Gujarat Titans had defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in their first-round match at Brabourne Stadium on April 30. Kohli and Rajat Patidar scored fifties for RCB. Tewatia (43 not out) and Miller (39 not out) chased down a 171-run target with a clinical finish.
Josh Hazlewood was taken to the cleaners against Punjab Kings with the Australian conceding 64 runs without a wicket in his four overs. Besides Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj too hasn’t been in his best of forms leaking 85 runs in his last seven overs in IPL 2022.
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans match in IPL 2022. RCB are coming into this game after a 54-run loss against Punjab Kings while Gujarat Titans defeated Chennai Super Kings in their previous game.