Mumbai, April 30: Fine back-strokes from Rahul Tewatia and David Miller, who shared an unbeaten 79-run partnership for the fifth wicket, helped Gujarat Titans beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in Match 43 of IPL 2022 at Brabourne Stadium here on Saturday.
Tewatia scored an unbeaten 42 while Miller was not left out with 39 as Gujarat came back with a bang to score 174/4 in 19.3 overs after restricting Royal Challengers Bangalore to 170/6 in their 20 overs.
Choosing to bat first on a scorching hot day in their first match of the afternoon, the Royal Challengers rode a half century over Virat Kohli (58) and Rajit Patidar (52) to reach a modest total.
Gujarat at one point seemed to be in trouble after losing Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya and Sai Sudharshan with 95 runs on the board.
But Tewatia and Miller made sure they didn’t lose any more wickets and managed six wickets for their eighth win in nine games. Gujarat thus moved to 16 points from nine matches and extended their lead at the top of the standings to four points.
RCB remained in fifth position, with 10 points from 10 games.
Gujarat Titans finished the power play with 46 runs without a loss on the board with Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill maintaining a decent scoring rate.
Saha, who hit Mohammed Siraj with two fours in one over, was the first out, caught by Rajat Patidar on a wrong shot from Wanindu Hasaranga for the score of 51.
Gill was the next to go, given Shahbaz Ahmed’s lbw, losing the ball completely. He reviews the ruling, but video replays show no bat involvement.
Skipper Hardik Pandya also had a bad day when he tried to get a full throw out of Shahbaz, but could only deliver the bottom edge and sent it straight into Mahipal Lamror’s throat. And when Sai Sudarshan also departed after starting, caught by substitute Anuj Rawat (20), who was holding the wickets in place of Dinesh Karthik, who was ill, it looked like Gujarat was sinking into a deep gorge.
However, David Miller and Rahul Tewatia came to the Gujarat Titans’ rescue as they put together an excellent unbeaten partnership of 79 runs for the fifth wicket and guided the Ahmedabad team home with six wickets in hand.
Miller hit Hasaranga for a four followed by a six on the 15th and fired a brilliant coverage shot off a long cutter from Harshal Patel.
Tewatia had also started cautiously before bursting into action towards the end of the innings. He hit a six and a four on back-to-back balls from Josh Hazlewood in the 18th over (the six was an excellent move on the fine leg) and finished the over with another four, putting the ball between two fielders around the deep edge of the square leg. .
Tewatia, who hit Harshal Patel with extra coverage for a magnificent six, finished the match with fours against Hazlewood in the 20th. Their undefeated partnership of 79 runs came off 40 balls and propelled the Gujarat Titans to their eighth win in nine games.
Kohli, a former India and Royal Challengers captain who was advised by former Team India coach Ravi Shastri to take a break from the IPL to reinvigorate his batting, glimpsed a welcome return to form when he scored a fine half-century and lifted 99 runs for the second wicket partnership with Rajat Patidar, who hit 52 of 32 deliveries as the two set up a good platform for RCB.
Short scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 170/6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 58, Rajat Patidar 52, Glenn Maxwell 33; Pradeep Sangwan 2/19, Rashid Khan 1/29) lost to Gujarat Titans 174/4 in 19.3 overs (David Miller 39 not out, Rahul Tewatia 43 not out; Wanindu Hasaranga 2/28). The Gujarat Titans won by six wickets.