Former skipper Virat Kohli roared back to form by scoring a fantastic 73, as the Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their playoffs hopes alive by defeating the Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, openers Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill got Gujarat off to a decent start. The duo added 21 runs for the opening wicket before the latter (1) perished to a brilliant one handed catch by Glenn Maxwell at slip off Josh Hazlewood.
Matthew Wade’s poor run with the bat continued, as he was dismissed leg before wicket by Maxwell while attempting a sweep for 13.
Saha looked good in his innings of 32 before being run out, following a horrible mix up with skipper Hardik Pandya.
Pandya along with David Miller featured in a 61 run stand for the fourth wicket before the latter was caught and bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga for 34.
Rahul Tewatia departed cheaply to Hazlewood for 2.
Rashid provided a late flourish by scoring a quickfire unbeaten 19 to help Gujarat reach a competitive score of 168/5 in their allotted 20 overs.
Hardik remained unbeaten on 62 off 47 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.
Josh Hazlewood for the pick of the bowlers for Bangalore with figures of 2/39.
Chasing 169, Faf Du Plessis and Virat Kohli got RCB off to a rolicking start. The pair added 115 runs for the opening wicket before the former top edged a slog sweep off Rashid Khan to Hardik Pandya for 44.
Glenn Maxwell could have been dismissed off the very first delivery from Rashid but the bail didn’t come off.
Kohli’s fine knock of 73 ended, when he was undone by a Rashid’s googly and was stumped.
Australian all rounder Maxwell (40)* took his team to a comprehensive win by smashing Lockie Ferguson for three fours in the penultimate over. His knock came off just 18 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Virat Kohli was declared the Man of the Match.
Gujarat Titans 168 for 5 (Pandya 62*, Miller 34, Hazlewood 2-39) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 170 for 2 (Kohli 73, du Plessis 44, Rashid 2-32 ) by 8 wickets.