IPL 2022 – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Match 67 – Post Match Comments
The 67th match of the IPL 2022 was memorable for Royal Challengers Bangalore, as they not only won two critical points against Gujarat Titans but also watched Virat Kohli’s amazing performance. At the Wankhede Stadium, RCB triumphed by eight wickets with eight balls to spare, keeping their playoff hopes alive. Hardik Pandya and his teammates scored 168 runs after opting to start the scoring first.
Saha continued his impressive form, scoring 31 runs off 22 deliveries. Hardik Pandya had a remarkable evening, as he let his bat do the talking with a superb 62* run knock, which was well complemented by David Miller’s 34 off 25. Wanindu Hasaranga had a respectable bowling performance for RCB, picking up a wicket and conceding 25 runs.
When RCB came to bat, it was all about Virat Kohli exhibiting class and sheer desire to get his team back on track. Before other hitters came in, Faf du Plessis (44 off 38) and Kohli (73 off 54) handled the bulk of the work for RCB. However, Glenn Maxwell’s flawless hitting helped RCB cross the finish line with 40* off 18 pitches. For Gujarat Titans, Rashid Khan took both wickets, while R Sai Kishore produced a fantastic spell of only 20 runs in four overs.
This result means that the RCB has one foot in the playoffs, but they will find themselves across the line if Mumbai Indians can do them a favor by beating the Delhi Capitals, thereby eliminating them from the race. Let’s take a look at what the captains and the player of the match had to say at the end of this game.
Hardik Pandya (Gujarat Titans) – Losing Captain
We had just a par score. The ball was stopping here and there and we were happy with 168. We wanted to give Lockie the opportunity, but the wicket was holding a bit. So we wanted to go for bowlers who bowled slower ones and took pace off the ball. We pulled things back in the middle but the way Maxwell played, in the end, made us feel we were 10 runs short. We are on the right track and we just need to look after losing back-to-back wickets. The learning is to make sure we don’t do it in the playoffs. It is always good to score runs. The way the boys are gelling and the way we are going, it is a learning for the players. I don’t know about Saha’s injury. He was feeling his hamstring and it was a precautionary measure to keep him off the field.
Faf du Plessis (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – Winning Captain
Throughout the season we haven’t done as much as have liked. But you still need to back these big players. Virat had been putting in the hard yards in the nets. I play the role with him and get him pumped up. He has got so much emotion and he pulls you through. It is as if you are playing a rugby game. That catch was awesome. We were trying to get some wickets in the powerplay. The run-out was pretty cool as well. When I hit the stumps, I was like what do you say about my arm now? I think tonight was important for obvious reasons. You always want to finish strongly. A few inconsistent performances have put us in this situation. I am banking on Rohit to come good.
Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – Player of the Match
I can keep going. It was an important game. I was disappointed that I haven’t done much for my team and that is what bothers me, not the stats. Today was a game where I was able to create an impact on the team. Puts us in a good position. There are expectations because of the performances that you have put in. You need to keep the perspective right. You can forget the process in order to live up to the expectations. I have worked really hard. I batted 90 minutes in the nets yesterday. I came in very free and relaxed. It is in that spur of the moment why is it happening to me. It goes back to 2018 in England when I was dropped on 21 and the juggernaut could have started again like it did on the 2014 tour. I won’t be standing here being ungrateful for all that I have achieved. With the very first shot of Shami, I felt I could hit length balls over the fielder’s head. I knew that tonight was the night when I could kick on. It has been wonderful that I have got so much support in this edition. I am forever grateful for all the love that I have never seen before.