Mumbai. A match of IPL 2022 proved to be lucky for Glenn Maxwell on Thursday. He scored 40 not out in the 67th match of the T20 league. Not only this, he also led RCB to victory. With this, the hope of the team’s playoff remains. This is RCB’s 8th win in 14 matches. Playing first after winning the toss in the match, Gujarat Titans scored 168 for 5 wickets. Captain Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 62 runs. In reply, RCB achieved the target for 2 wickets in 18.4 overs. Virat Kohli scored 73 runs in 54 balls. This is his second half-century of the current season. He also received the Player of the Match award.
Chasing the target, RCB started well. The team got its first blow on the third ball of the 15th over. Captain Faf du Plessis was dismissed by Rashid Khan for 44 runs. After this Glenn Maxwell came out to bat. Then 54 runs were to be scored off 33 balls. He went to hit a big shot off Rashid’s first ball. But the ball hit the leg-stump and went for 4 runs behind the wicket. Rashid started celebrating, but the bells did not fall. As per the rules, no batsman is given out until the bails are dropped. This happened for the second time in the current season.
Maxwell played an aggressive innings
After this Maxwell scored 40 runs in the next 17 balls to win the team. He hit 5 fours and 2 sixes. That is, 32 runs were made from the boundary itself. His strike rate was 222. Earlier, he had caught a brilliant catch of Shubman Gill while diving at the slips. Then this off-spinner also took a wicket for 28 runs in 4 overs. He took the wicket of Matthew Wade.
Earlier this happened in the match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals. Yuzvendra Chahal’s ball was hit on the wicket of David Warner. But they were not out. At that time he was on 22 runs. Later, he played an unbeaten 52-run knock and gave victory to Delhi. Then former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan raised questions. Once again this matter may gain momentum.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 20, 2022, 05:50 IST