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GT Beats RCB by 6 Wickets and Records are Made

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GT Beats RCB by 6 Wickets and Records are Made

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Shubman Gill’s sensational century propelled the Gujarat Titans to a thrilling six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final league game of the IPL season. Gill’s remarkable unbeaten knock of 104 off just 52 balls overshadowed Virat Kohli’s brilliant century, securing a place for the Titans in the playoffs while dashing RCB’s hopes of qualification.

After Mumbai Indians secured a win earlier in the day, Faf du Plessis and his team needed an outright victory to secure a spot in the knockouts. Kohli’s impressive innings of 101 off 61 balls seemed like the standout performance of the day, but Gill, the rising star of Indian cricket, proved that he is even better.

This was Gill’s second consecutive century of the season, cementing his status as a future stalwart of Indian batting. His unbeaten hundred comprised eight sixes and five fours, guiding the Titans to a successful chase of RCB’s imposing target of 197.

Team Performance

With Gill’s heroics, the Titans finished the league stage with 20 points, securing the top position, while Chennai Super Kings claimed the second spot with 17 points. Mumbai Indians also qualified for the playoffs with 16 points, setting up an exciting clash against Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator.

Gill’s match-winning innings were highlighted by his exceptional shot selection and footwork. His deft touch-play against the pacers and elegant footwork against leg-spinner Himanshu Sharma delighted fans. One of the standout moments was his pick-up flick behind square-off off-spinner Michael Bracewell, followed by a massive hit over long-on.

Gill received valuable support from Vijay Shankar, who scored a crucial 53 off 35 balls. The duo forged a crucial partnership of 123 runs for the second wicket, ensuring that the Titans maintained their intensity throughout the chase. In contrast, Kohli lacked support at the other end, with the RCB batsmen failing to make substantial contributions.


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RCB’s Side

RCB’s defeat can be attributed to their poor execution while defending a competitive total. Gill intelligently targeted the slower bowlers, capitalizing on the inconsistent performances of leg-spinner Himanshu, off-spinner Bracewell, and inexperienced bowler Vijaykumar Vyshak.

RCB’s bowling unit had several weak links that Gill successfully exploited.
Kohli’s century was a lone effort amidst the RCB batting lineup. His knock of 101, which included 13 fours and a six, powered RCB to a challenging total.

However, none of the other RCB batsmen could surpass the 30-run mark, highlighting the dependence on Kohli’s brilliance. With this century, Kohli surpassed Chris Gayle to become the player with the highest number of IPL centuries.

Despite their spirited effort, RCB’s total fell short of expectations, with the Chinnaswamy Stadium known for its batting-friendly conditions. The final total was deemed competitive but slightly below par, costing RCB in the end.

Results of the Match

The defeat ended RCB’s journey in this year’s IPL, while the Titans, defending champions, set up a clash with Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1. The stage is now set for an intense battle in the playoffs as the top teams vie for the coveted IPL title.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians benefited from Bangalore’s defeat, securing the final playoff spot. The team owed their qualification to Gill’s heroics, as he registered back-to-back IPL centuries.


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