Mumbai, April 30: Chasing a target of 171, Gujarat Titans had dropped to 95/4 with Sai Sudarshan (20) returning to the pavilion in the 13th of their IPL 2022 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Brabourne Stadium on Saturday.
And to compound his problems, Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga had given up just two runs in that over. The next one was another good one for RCB as Mohammed Siraj allowed just four runs.
Suddenly the Gujarat Titans’ job looked tough as they needed 70 runs in the last six overs.
David Miller and Rahul Tewatia changed the equation in the next two overs: they hit 13 runs against Hasaranga in the 14th, while Siraj allowed 15 runs in the 15th, including 4 free passes.
Miller hit Hasaranga for fours and sixes on successive balls, leading to 113/4. At the same juncture, RCB were 113/2. In the next over, Miller scored a pair followed by a single in the first two deliveries, Tewatia was lucky to get four runs when Mahipal Lomror made a fielding error and Tewatia added insult to injury by hitting the next delivery for a limit.
On the last ball of the over, Siraj hit Tewatia on his pads in front of the wicket, but the batsman survived the video reference as the ball was missing his leg stumps. To the delight of the Gujarat Titans, the ball went for four free games.
Those two overs proved to be the turning point of the match as the 28 runs put Gujarat on the road to victory, although Harshal Patel tried to salvage the situation by restricting them to seven runs in the next over.
Tewatia and Miller continued the good work and scored 17 runs on the 18 over thrown by Josh Hazlewood: Tewatia fired a six and a four in succession while Miller hit the Aussie for a four on the last ball, propelling the Gujarat Titans towards victory.
Earlier, former captain Virat Kohli (58) scored his first IPL 2022 half-century and collected 99 runs in second wicket partnership with Rajat Patidar (52) to propel Royal Challenges Bangalore to a decent total.