Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Live Updates: Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and asked the home team – Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first – in the the last match of group stage of Indian Premier League 2023. The toss got delayed due to inclement weather. RCB had a near-perfect start with blazing shots by skipper Faf du Plessis and star batter Virat Kohli. But the spin attack by bowlers of Gujarat Titans first got Faf and soon, wickets kept tumbling for RCB. Kohli slammed a century, his seventh in this season to provide that much needed stability and big number on the board. This was back-to-back ton by King Kohli. Kohli has now scored 500+ runs in IPL 2023. Except him, no other RCB batter managed to stay on the crease for long time.
Equation was pretty simple out. Gujarat Titans are already into the playoffs. So, a loss didn’t change a thing for them. It was RCB that needed to win this match to qualify for the playoffs.
Indian Premier League, 2023M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 05 June 2023
Royal Challengers Bangalore 197/5 (20.0)
Gujarat Titans 198/4 (19.1)
Match Ended ( Day – Match 70 ) Gujarat Titans beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets
Gujarat Titans began their chase in an easy manner. Md Siraj removed Saha and it looked Challengers are ready to save the home. But since the fall of that wicket, both Shubhman Gill and Vijay Shankar punishing RCB bowlers. Gill has already got a 50 on the board and Shankar, who replaced Yash Dayal as impact sub, proved to be a steady ally. However, Vijaykumar Vyshak got rid of Shankar and GT lost another wicket in form of Dasun Shanaka. Md Siraj got the second wicket of the evening in form of David Miller. Gill kept batting till the end and slammed that winning shot to seal the deal for Titans.
Road to playoff
One more team that was following this match very closely – Mumbai Indians. Now that RCB have lost, they have got the last berth in IPL playoffs:
Here are key moments from RCB vs GT match:
RCB are out of playoff race after loss at the hands of Gujarat Titans. Shubhman Gill's scintillating century helped GT to win the match. This also means that Mumbai Indians are into the playoffs now.
Siraj gets second and more importantly the most crucial wicket at this juncture for RCB – David Miller. The GT batter departs for six. Next up is Tewatia
Shanaka Impact sub SS Prabhudessai makes a big impact as he takes the cool catch of Shanaka. But when you have David Miller as next batter, there is little to worry! RCB hanging by the thread!
Vijaykumar Vyshak ended the brillint innings of Vijay Shankar. The GT batter slammed a six to complete a fifty and was out on the very next ball. Kohli took the straight catch with an ease. Dasun Shanaka is here to bat.
With strike rate of 177.50, Shubhman Gill is batting at 71 at the moment. He has faced 40 deliveries so far. His knock include five boundaries and four maximums. Though he has struggled in away matches in this season of IPL, tonight, things are working for him.
GT have already cross 100-mark. And this side bats deep with likes of Hardik Pandya, David Miller and Rahul Tewatia yet to bat. Can RCB make a turnaround?
Yes, we know K.G.F factor of RCB. Many consider it as a dominant batting side. But did you now that bowlers of Royal Challengers Bangalore have taken 84 wickets in this season of IPL. This is the second-highest by a team in IPL 2023.
Let's get this thing straight – GT has nothing to lose. But that's not the case for RCB. So a wicket gone doesn't mean much for GT. They are already through playoffs. But tension is written on every RCB fan's face. Siraj has got the early success in form of Saha's wicket.
It seems like Kohli is all alone in the middle! From Lomror to Bracewell to DK, no RCB batter has been able to stay for long on the pitch. It boils down to one man – Virat Kohli!
Kohli is playing the most crucial knock for RCB in this season of IPL. A loss today means they are out of IPL playoffs race. A lot depends on Kohli as Faf and Maxwell are already back to dugout. He slammed seventh 50 of this season.
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Together, du Plessis and Kohli scored 872 runs as a duo. This is the second-highest score by any batting pair in any season of Indian Premier League.
Virat Kohl and Faf du Plessis have opened for RCB and things look extremely good for the home team. Both batters have slammed four boundaries each. Making the most of powerplay!
“You always want to chase because of the conditions, but the team batting first has done well here. It is a new one and the guys are motivated for this one. Just one change. Karn Sharma misses out and Himanshu Sharma replaces him,” Plessis after losing the toss.
“We are gonna bowl with the weather around. Just want to know how much we are going to chase. For us to win games and continue the momentum, I believe in good habits. Just want to go out there and play some good cricket. For us this is as important game as the next game. We are playing the same team,” Pandya said after winning the toss.
RCB: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Michael Bracewell, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik(w), Harshal Patel, Wayne Parnell, Mohammed Siraj, Vijaykumar Vyshak
GT: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya(c), Dasun Shanaka, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal
Gujarat Titans' skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and chose to bowl first. The match is set to begin at 8:00 pm IST.
The toss is set to take place at 7:45 pm and the match will begin at 8:00 pm IST!
The rain has stopped but the outfield is still wet. The covers are slowly being taken off the pitch and the players are now warming-up.
The clouds are slowly moving out of the way and even if the match is delayed, it will definitely take place!
It's just light drizzle now and the rainfall has almost stopped. The good news is that the match could happen anytime now. Stay with us for further updates on the toss!
Gujarat Titans: 1.Wriddhiman Saha(WK), 2. Shubman Gill, 3. Sai Sudharsan, 4. Hardik Pandya(C), 5. David Miller, 6. Dasun Shanaka, 7. Rahul Tewatia, 8. Rashid-Khan, 9. Mohammed Shami, 10. Noor Ahmad, 11. Mohit Sharma
RCB Probable XI: 1.Faf du Plessis (C), 2. Virat Kohli, 3. Glenn Maxwell, 4. Mahipal Lomror, 5. Anuj Rawat(WK), 6. Shahbaz Ahmed, 7. Michael Bracewell, 8. Wayne Parnell, 9. Karn Sharma, 10. Harshal Patel, 11. Mohammed Siraj
🚨 Update from Bengaluru 🚨Toss has been delayed due to rains 🌧️Stay tuned for further updates. #tataipl | #rcbvgt pic.twitter.com/g2uYIVlYzw— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 21, 2023
Well, it's official. The toss has been delayed due to the constant hailstorm. Let's keep our fingers crossed! Stay connected with us for further updates.
The weather update we need, but don't deserve: "𝘈𝘢𝘫 𝘮𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘮… 𝘣𝘢𝘥𝘢 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘪, 𝘣𝘢𝘥𝘢 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘪, 𝘢𝘢𝘫 𝘮𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘮!" ⛈️☂️🙄#rcbvgt | #aavade | #tataipl 2023 pic.twitter.com/W0vhSWMn7Y— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) May 21, 2023
RCB are currently on the fourth position of the points table with seven wins and six defeats. GT, on the other hand, are at the top of the table with nine wins and four losses. GT have already qualified for the playoffs.
Kohli has been in a stupendous form and has also scored a century in this season of IPL. He averages 56.26 and has struck 137.86 in T20 cricket since his return from a break after the Asia Cup. Kohli is definitely the one to look out for in tonight's game.
It's currently pouring in bangalore ahead of the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans. The match is set to take place at 7:30 pm. The rain could play dampener for tonight's game. We have our fingers crossed!
GT Full Squad: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Dasun Shanaka, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, Yash Dayal, Srikar Bharat, Vijay Shankar, Darshan Nalkande, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Shivam Mavi, Matthew Wade, Alzarri Joseph, Abhinav Manohar, Odean Smith, Jayant Yadav, Pradeep Sangwan, Urvil Patel
RCB Full Squad: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Michael Bracewell, Anuj Rawat(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wayne Parnell, Harshal Patel, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Dinesh Karthik, Vijaykumar Vyshak, Himanshu Sharma, Suyash Prabhudessai, Kedar Jadhav, Siddarth Kaul, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Finn Allen, Manoj Bhandage, Akash Deep, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav
According to multiple weather reports, rain could play a spoilsport in Bangalore today. There might be a thunderstorm or two and the temperature is expected to be around 23 degrees Celsius.
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