Kriralok Desk: Bangalore were supposed to play such a tough equation ahead of the Gujrat Titans. The team could not give Gujarat a chance to lose even with Kohli’s century in such a life-and-death situation.
Yesterday, Sunday (May 21), Bangalore lost the toss at the Chinnaswamy Stadium and lost 5 wickets before batting and scored 197 runs on the scoreboard. In reply, Gujarat reached the port of victory riding on the bat of Gill, losing 4 wickets.
The start of the game was delayed by about 45 minutes due to rain. Bengaluru’s two openers Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis got off to a good start after losing the toss. RCB indicated a big score by scoring 62 runs in 6 overs of the power play. RCB lost rhythm when du Plessis departed for the team’s 67 runs. Du Plessis departed after scoring 28 runs off 19 balls.
After his departure, RCB lost a couple of wickets quickly. Glenn Maxwell and Mahipal Lomror departed for team 80 runs and team 85 runs. Bengaluru was under a lot of pressure after losing two wickets with a gap of few runs. Kohli handled that pressure with Mitchell Bracewell. But again RCB lost a pair of wickets. Bracewell and Dinesh Karthik at the time of 132 runs and 133 runs increased the pressure of the team.
But Kohli kept batting at one end. Later, Kohli turned around from the wreckage with Anuj Rawat and scored a century to make the team a big collection of 197 runs. Kohli was unbeaten on 101 runs off 61 balls and Rawat was unbeaten on 23 runs off 15 balls. Noor Ahmed took maximum 2 wickets for Gujarat.
Batting for a target of 198 runs, two Gujarat openers Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha signaled a good start. However, Saha got out with 12 runs off 14 balls after the team scored 25 runs. Gill then formed a great pair with Vijay Shankar. Gujarat made the work of victory much easier by relying on the pair of 123 runs of these two.
Shankar was out for 148 runs. This batsman scored 53 runs off 35 balls before getting out. Gill did not let the impact of Shankar’s departure read much. In the end, the team at the top of the points table won by losing four wickets. Gill, who scored a century with the bat, gave a great innings of 104 runs off just 52 balls.