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‘Still Alive’- Kohli special guides Bangalore to clinical win over Gujarat, keeps playoff hopes alive

By BetBarter Staff

May 19, 2022

Bangalore defeated Gujarat by eight wickets in the 67th match of the Indian T20 League 2022. A strong bowling performance placed Bangalore in an excellent position to limit Gujarat to a moderate score. The batters then delivered an outstanding performance to secure the deal for Bangalore. With the win, Bangalore kept their playoffs hopes alive.

Gujarat won the toss and decided to challenge themselves by batting first at the Wankhede Stadium. However, they did not have the best start as they lost a couple of wickets early on. Wridhhiman Saha and Hardik Pandya then carried on the innings to get some quick runs. However, Saha (31) was run-out in the ninth over for a team score of 62. David Miller and Pandya slowed down a little after that, but they added an important partnership.

They scored 61 runs in the partnership until the 17th over. Miller (34) was dismissed by Wanindu Hasaranga for a team score of 123 in 16.2 overs. Gujarat lost another wicket, but bounced right back into the game. Pandya (62) rushed to his fifty, giving the squad a strong finish alongside Rashid Khan (19). Gujarat scored 168/5 batting first. Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli struggled to settle in during the chase, but they persevered and gave the team a strong start.

Virat looked all fired up, with Du Plessis standing strong on the other end. They scored 55 runs in the powerplay. The two continued playing well, and Virat raced to his half-century. They added a partnership of 115 in 14.3 overs. Du Plessis (44) was dismissed by Rashid Khan. Glenn Maxwell walked in and hit some quick runs immediately.

However, Kohli (73) was dismissed in the 17th over for a team score of 146. Post that Maxwell continued scoring the big runs. In the 19th over, he hit three fours to get his team through. Bangalore will now wait for the match between Delhi and Mumbai to see if they get ahead in the tournament.

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