TATA IPL 2024: Jacks and Kohli Stun Gujarat, Keep RCB's Playoff Dreams Alive

TATA IPL 2024: Jacks and Kohli Stun Gujarat, Keep RCB's Playoff Dreams Alive
Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) secured a dominant victory over Gujarat Titans, winning by nine wickets with 24 balls remaining in Match 45 of IPL 2024. The accolades for the triumph belong to English all-rounder Will Jacks, whose blistering batting display (scoring an unbeaten 100 off just 41 balls) transformed what seemed like a challenging pitch into a comfortable chase for the visiting team.
Even former India captain Virat Kohli showcased his aggressive cricketing prowess, steering his team to victory with a dynamic 70 runs off 44 balls. Throughout the match, the former RCB captain's animated demeanor suggested a focused determination akin to a personal mission. Despite facing persistent social media criticism regarding his strike rate in recent times, Kohli once more effectively silenced his detractors.
Even after the match, Virat was quick to share his thoughts with the commentator by saying, “All people who talk about strike rates and me not playing spin well talk about these things (numbers). It's just about doing my job...It's about us as cricketers having some self-respect".
Talking about the match, Will Jacks bludgeoned the GT bowlers for a 41-ball hundred and shared an unbeaten 166-run partnership with Kohli to help RCB stay alive in the race to the playoffs. Kohli exploited the larger sections of the Narendra Modi Stadium to convert singles into twos efficiently. Particularly adept against spin, Kohli has amassed 43 runs from 23 balls after facing only nine deliveries of fast bowling in the Power-play.
Meanwhile, Will Jacks showcased his phenomenal batting prowess in the 15th over, targeting Mohit Sharma with relentless aggression, hammering him for two boundaries and three towering sixes. Titans' hopes of containing him with Rashid Khan's leg-spin were dashed as Jacks continued his onslaught, smashing consecutive sixes and a boundary to swiftly secure a comprehensive victory for RCB with four overs to spare in the daunting 201-run chase.
Earlier, Sai Sudharsan (84) and M. Shahrukh Khan (58) struck brilliant fifties to help Gujarat score 200/3 in 20. After being asked to bat first, the hosts didn’t get a positive start as Wriddhiman Saha (5) and Shubman Gill (16) failed to impress on a slow-looking track. It was Swapnil Singh who got the first breakthrough for Bengaluru. He got the better of Saha in the very first over.
Gill endeavored to forge a partnership with Sai Sudharsan. Together, they adeptly rotated the strike, leading Gujarat to reach 42/1 by the conclusion of the first Power-play (6 overs). Nonetheless, shortly thereafter, the returning Glenn Maxwell dealt a blow to Gujarat's hopes by dismissing Gill, adding to their setbacks. In the 15th over, Mohammed Siraj was brought into the attack, claiming Shahrukh's wicket. Subsequently, David Miller (26) partnered with Sai, displaying signs of discomfort as the ball's pace troubled him. Sai's boundary shots helped revive his team's fortunes. In the final delivery of the innings, Miller propelled his side past the 200-run milestone with a powerful six.
Source: IANS