short on the stumps, goes to pull and a top edge clears the keeper bouncing to the rope. RCB win it with eight balls to spare by eight wickets.
11.10 pm So RCB stay alive in the playoff race. They're currently in the fourth and final slot but must await results elsewhere to confirm their fate! Kohli produces a half-century and Maxwell could have been out first ball if the bails weren't too heavy to dislodge upon the stumps being hit, but he goes on to score 40 not out off 18 balls.
Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya: "It was just about a par score. Batting we did get 55 or 60 in the last five when the ball was stopping a bit but 168 we were quite happy. [On only using Lockie Ferguson sparingly] We wanted to give him the opportunity a bit but the wicket was holding a bit where we thought the ones who could bowl slower balls or take the pace away would be a better option. We kind of got it back in the game as well but Maxwell playing the way he played, and a couple of chances there, we were 10 runs short in the end. [Choosing to bat first at the toss to put his players under pressure in case they encounter same scenario in the playoffs] We were on the right path. We need to look after losing back-to-back wickets which we have spoken in the past where in T20 cricket if you lose back-to-back wickets, it puts you back a couple of overs. The learning is that in the playoffs, we don't lose back-to-back wickets. [Hardik's own form] It's always good to score runs but more than anything, the way the boys are gelling and the way things are going, for us this game was a learning. [Saha health] He was feeling his hamstring was tight. So just precautionary wise, we felt it was right to have Wadey keep."
RCB allrounder Glenn Maxwell: "I didn't want to soak up any time. If I could get those first couple away and try to take the pressure off Virat at the other end, we can keep the momentum going. If I got out first ball, it wouldn't have made a difference but if I soaked up a few dots, it could have given them some momentum back. Just trying to be ultra positive and obviously leave the game with no doubt because we felt like we dominated with the bat in that innings. [Asked if he heard the first ball hit the stumps] I didn't, but when I missed it I thought that's going to be pretty close to them. The worst thing is picking a wrong-un and missing it and thinking it's going to hit the stumps. You get those times when you need a bit of luck. Sometimes throughout this tournament it's been a bit up and down. You gotta take the good with the bad. It's like runout off the bowlers hand. Some things you can't do anything about but at least the bails stayed on for me this time. [Asked about his slip catch] In my mind I was moving a little bit too slowly and wasn't going to get there. It just hit perfectly in the fingers and stuck nicely. I've practiced that stuff my whole life and it's not something that is just out of the blue. It's one of those things I work really hard on. To have it stick perfectly and it gave us a great start, we were able to control the Powerplay after that. [On his bowling] It was just about holding my length. We saw Sai bowled beautifully there and there was a bit of hold for the finger spin. So just trying to make the most out of anything out of the surface. [Waiting for next results to learn their playoff fate] We'll be probably watching the Mumbai v Delhi game pretty closely. I wouldn't mind a round of golf tomorrow. There will be a bit of rehab going on. But I think the guys will stay really focused. The amount of hard work and effort that has gone into this team this year. We feel like we deserve to be in the final four and hopefully Mumbai will do the right thing by us and get us into the final four."
Virat Kohli has been named Player of the Match
That's it for today's live coverage. Come back tomorrow for some more live IPL action. On behalf of my commentary partner Hemant Brar, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!
similar ball back of a length cramping Maxwell for room but this time leans back to play more of an uppercut and carts this over short third man.
back of a length on fourth stump, cramped for room trying to cut and beaten for pace.
length ball on fifth stump, slams this on the up over mid-off to the rope.
Lockie returns. This time for real. Only his second over today.
slower ball on a length, pulls this through midwicket for one.
length ball outside off, slapped through cover for one.
slower yorker on leg stump at 109 kph, jammed out into midwicket for one.
another slower ball lands short and wide, slashes this high over cover and goes over the rope on one bounce.
slower bouncer balloons with extra helium way way way over Maxwell. Wide called.
full outside off, goes to reverse and misses.
back of a length on the stumps, flicked through the leg side.
AnuragR: "Bails have been traditionally a part of the game. Cricket won't be same without the bails. Also with reference to an earlier comment, bowling is not just about hitting the stumps, it is about knocking them over. So bails are an integral part of the game."
generously flighted delivery on leg stump at 70 kph, might be the slowest delivery Rashid has bowled in his IPL career, and Maxwell waits on this to chip it gently into the leg side for one.
good length ball on middle, flicked into midwicket gently for one.
The chants shift from "Koh-LEE! Koh-LEE!" to "Dee-KAY! Dee-KAY!" for the new arrival.
googly accounts for Kohli! He came charging trying to smash another six to end the game in a hurry but doesn't get anywhere close to the pitch of this ball dragged back on off stump that spins through the gap between bat and pad and past leg stump. Wade is waiting for the ball shuffling left before taking the bails off.
comes forward to a good length ball on off, defended to midwicket.
flighted too full on fourth stump, Kohli with a supremely elegant lofted drive that clears long-off by 15 yards.
The crowd starts chanting "Koh-LEE! Koh-LEE!"
Chiru: "Siddharth, but for an Archer, it is deemed legal only if it sticks to the target. Same for Cricket. " Indeed. If the arrow or dart in darts falls off, no points.
full on the stumps, backs away for a big heave and scuffs an inside edge behind square for one.
Pp: "Umpire's call vindicated!" At least someone has maintained a sense of humor.
short on middle at 134 kph, pulls this flat through midwicket for one.
Maxwell turning the extraordinary into the ordinary! Fullish length ball on middle, Maxwell hops around in his crease to switch the grip and reverse this over the third man rope.
back of a length at 141 kph follows Maxwell backing away from leg missing a wild heave.
|Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|Toss||Gujarat Titans, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||19 May 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Gujarat Titans 0|