Rahul Tewatia and David Miller once again starred in a chase as Gujarat Titans took their eighth win in nine games in the ongoing IPL 2022 season. Tewatia, in particular, makes a name for himself finishing things when the team has their backs against the wall. And again the southpaw produced the goods as GT beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets on Saturday. With GT trailing at 95 for four in 12.5 overs, Miller and Tewatia came together to forge a 79-run unbeaten run from just 40 balls. For RCB, the bowlers again failed to live up to expectations in crisis situations where the team paid the ultimate price for it.
Mohammed Siraj, who was held by RCB ahead of the IPL mega-sale, was again taken for runs and despite taking two wickets he was generally disappointing with his line and lengths.
Much would be expected from the fast bowler, but he has failed to live up to expectations this season so far. He has taken eight wickets in 10 matches, but his economy rate of 9.39 is just appalling for a bowler of his potential.
In the 13th over of Gujarat’s pursuit, Siraj strayed to the pads of Tewatia who crushed it in front of a border. Siraj’s delivery left Simon Doull and Matthew Hayden scratching their heads.
Speaking of the delivery, Hayden said a U-12 cricketer would have hit a border.
“There’s one of those boundaries we’re talking about on the short side of the ground. A U-12 cricketer could have played this down to the ground,” said the former Australian opener.
The former New Zealand fast bowler was especially critical of the delivery.
“Some mindless cricket. I have to say, I’ve seen a little bit of it in the last few overs of our commentary box. Use the large size of the ground, take pace, go over the left-handers, stop bowling past that middle one. , middle and leg stump line and help yourself to the short side border things,” Doull said while in the air.
In the next few balls, Siraj finally managed to get his radar right and did exactly what Doull asked in the com-box.
“Thank you. Two balls in a row”, the New Zealander expressed his relief.
The defeat put RCB in a precarious position. They are still fifth in the IPL points table but have played two more matches than the sixth-seeded Delhi Capitals and one match more than the seventh-seeded Punjab Kings, who are both on eight points – – just two points behind RCB.
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