Royal Challengers Bangalore played their last match of IPL 2022 pre-playoffs with Gujarat Titans. It was the 67th match of this season where teams were playing for qualifying into playoffs. GT was the first team to be entitled to the playoffs, and currently, there are two teams authorized. Bangalore defeated Gujarat yesterday, 19th May, by eight wickets.
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GT won the toss and batted for the first innings, with Hardik Pandya scoring sixty-two runs and David Miller making thirty-four runs. Rashid Khan took only two wickets for Gujarat. They scored 168 runs giving Bangalore a target of 169. Virat Kohli was back in form, scoring seventy-three runs, and Faf du Plessis made forty-four runs. Josh Hazlewood wood bagged two wickets. RCB defeated GT, passing their target and winning by eight wickets.
Virat Kohli from RCB was the Man of the Match who said, “ 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 it is 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 to all the love that I have never seen before.”
Faf du Plessis, the winning captain of RCB in a post-match interview stated, “ Throughout the season we haven’t done as much as have liked. But you still need to back these big players. Virat has been putting in the hard yard in the nets. I play the role with him and get him pumped up. He has got so much emotions and hype pulls you through. It is as if you are playing a rugby game. That catch was awesome.” He further said, “ We are 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 performance have put us in this situation. I am banking on Rohit to come good.”
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