RCB vs GT: Virat Kohli won, RCB’s playoff hopes strengthened, Punjab-Hyderabad out


Mumbai. Virat Kohli played an aggressive innings in the important match. Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets in the 67th match of IPL 2022. Kohli scored his second half-century of the season. With this, the hope of RCB’s playoff still remains. Playing first after winning the toss in the match, number-1 Gujarat scored 168 runs for 5 wickets. Captain Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten half-century. In reply, RCB achieved the target for 2 wickets in 18.4 overs. This is the team’s 8th win in 14 matches. The team has come from number 5 to number four with 16 points. Whereas Gujarat has 20 points in 14 matches. The team remains on top. Gujarat and Lucknow have made it to the knockout rounds. 2 other teams are yet to be decided. 5 teams are out of this race.

With the victory of RCB, the hopes of Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad have also ended. Both the teams have one match left. But they have 12-12 points. In such a situation, they will no longer be able to reach 16 points, while 4 teams have achieved 16 points so far. Chasing the target, RCB got off to a good start. Kohli completed his half-century off 33 balls. He added 115 runs for the first wicket with captain Faf du Plessis. Du Plessis was dismissed by Rashid Khan in the 15th over. He scored 44 runs off 38 balls. Hit 5 fours.

48 runs to be scored in 5 overs

RCB had to score 48 runs in the last 5 overs. Captain Hardik Pandya himself came to put the 16th over. Maxwell scored 18 runs in this over. Hit one four and two sixes. In the 17th over, Rashid Khan walked Kohli. He scored 73 runs off 54 balls. Hit 8 fours and 2 sixes. This is also his highest score of the season. Earlier, he had scored 58 runs against Gujarat itself.

Maxwell played a good innings

Glenn Maxwell played a good innings and won the team. He remained unbeaten on 40 off 18 balls. Hit 5 fours and 2 sixes. Dinesh Karthik also remained unbeaten on 2 runs. Rashid took 2 wickets for 32 runs in 4 overs. No other bowler got a wicket.

Hardik completes 400 runs

Earlier, with the help of captain Hardik Pandya’s half-century, Gujarat Titans scored 168 for 5 wickets. Hardik scored an unbeaten 62 off 47 balls. This is his fourth half-century of the season. With this, his 400 runs were also completed. Wriddhiman Saha scored 31 runs in 22 balls. Pandya got a lifeline on the score of 14, taking full advantage of which he carried forward the running pace with David Miller. Miller scored 34 runs in 25 balls and hit 3 sixes in his innings.

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Wanindu Hasaranga sent him to the pavilion with a return catch. Rashid Khan scored an unbeaten 19 off 6 balls in the death overs. He took the score beyond 160 runs by hitting 2 sixes. Gujarat scored 50 runs in the last five overs. Shubman Gill scored one, Matthew Wade scored 16 and Rahul Teotia scored 2. Jose Hazlewood took 2 wickets for RCB.

Tags: Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya, IPL, IPL 2022, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli

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