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RCB vs GT Highlights: Hardik’s Gujarat, Bangalore playoff hopes fly in Virat’s storm

Mumbai: Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets on the strength of Virat Kohli (72) to keep the hopes of reaching the IPL-2022 playoff alive. He has 16 points now. On the other hand, Gujarat team led by Hardik Pandya has already reached the playoffs. In the match, Gujarat had given a target of 169 runs for 5 wickets. Bangalore scored 170 runs for the loss of two wickets and won the match by 8 wickets.

Captain Hardik Pandya’s half-century helped Gujarat Titans score 168 for five in their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday. Hardik, who could not play a big innings from the last few matches, made an unbeaten 62 off 47 balls to strengthen the preparations for the playoffs. RCB have to win this match at any cost to stay in the tournament. He removed Gujarat’s three wickets for 72 runs in ten overs.

Wriddhiman Saha scored 31 runs in 22 balls but could not last long. Saha’s opening partner Shubman Gill was dismissed cheaply. A fine delivery from Josh Hazlewood, he played a shot in the slips where Glenn Maxwell dived to his right and took a brilliant catch. Matthew Wade, who was not in his familiar form in this IPL, was dismissed leg before by Maxwell. Wade, however, thought he had played a sweep shot and took a review of the on-field umpire’s decision, but was ruled leg before.

The clear movement of the ball from the ultra edge was not caught and the TV umpire went with the on-field umpire’s decision. Saha hit four fours and a six in his innings. Due to a misunderstanding with captain Pandya, he was run out. 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 three sixes in his innings. Wanindu Hasaranga sent him to the pavilion with a return catch. Rashid Khan scored an unbeaten 19 off six balls in the death overs. He hit two sixes to take the score beyond 160 runs. Gujarat scored 50 runs in the last five overs.