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RCB Steal Victory From GT in 52nd Match of IPL 2024

Virat Kholi

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium witnessed a thrilling encounter between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Gujarat Titans (GT) in IPL 2024, match number 52. This match was a real rollercoaster, with both teams having their moments, but ultimately, RCB emerged victorious by four wickets.

RCB captain Faf du Plessis, winning the toss, chose to bowl first. This decision proved to be a masterstroke. The Bengaluru bowlers, led by the fiery Mohammed Siraj and the young spinner Yash Dayal, took full advantage of a pitch that had seen some rain the previous night. They swung the ball both ways, making life difficult for the GT batters. Openers Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill fell cheaply, and Gujarat could only manage a paltry 23 runs in the powerplay – their worst-ever score in that phase! The likes of Shahrukh Khan, David Miller, and Rahul Tewatia tried their best to revive the innings, but RCB’s seamers, with some help from short-ball tactics, restricted them to a manageable total of 147.

Du Plessis and Kohli on Fire

Chasing a modest target, RCB got off to a flying start thanks to their explosive opening pair – Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli. Du Plessis, in particular, was on fire! He smashed a breathtaking half-century (50 runs off 18 balls) – the fastest fifty of IPL 2024 so far! Together, they put RCB in a commanding position, scoring 92 on the board after the powerplay, surpassing their previous best.

Drama Strikes!

Just when it seemed like RCB’s chase was going smoothly, disaster struck! After both openers were dismissed, RCB’s middle order completely collapsed, losing six wickets for a mere 25 runs. This dramatic turn of events gave Gujarat a fighting chance, with bowler Josh Little picking up key wickets.

Karthik and Swapnil Save the Day

With the match hanging in the balance, the experienced Dinesh Karthik stepped up for RCB. He played a mature and composed innings, guiding his team towards victory with some crucial boundaries. Karthik was ably supported by the young Swapnil Singh, who also chipped in with valuable runs. Together, they ensured RCB crossed the finish line with a few wickets and plenty of overs to spare.

Takeaways from the Match

  • RCB’s bowlers, especially Siraj and Dayal, were exceptional early on, restricting GT to a below-par total.
  • Faf du Plessis’ blistering knock at the start of the chase gave RCB a massive advantage.
  • Dinesh Karthik’s experience proved crucial in guiding RCB home after a middle-order collapse.

This win keeps RCB’s playoff hopes alive, while Gujarat Titans must regroup and come back stronger in their upcoming matches. It was a nail-biting encounter that kept everyone on the edge of their seats and a perfect example of why cricket is such a beloved sport! 

Match Summary

Gujarat Titans                                                              147 (20)

Shahrukh Khan

37 (24)

Yash Dayal
2/21 (4)

Rahul Tewatia

35 (21)

Vyshak Vijay  Kumar
2/23 (3.3)

David Miller

30 (20)

Mohammed Siraj
2/29 (4)

Royal Challengers Bengaluru                           152/6 (13.4)

Faf du Plessis
64 (23)

Joshua Little
4/45 (4)

Virat Kholi

42 (27)

Noor Ahmad
2/23 (4)

Dinesh Karthik

21* (12)

Rashid Khan
0/25 (1.4)

Toss: RCB won the toss and decided to bowl

Stadium: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium

Result: RCB won by 4 wickets and 38 balls left

Player of the Match: Mohammad Siraj (RCB) – 2/29 (4)

Tags: Faf du Plessis, ipl 2024, Joshua Little, Mohammed Siraj, RCB vs GT, Virat Kholi

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