Miller, Tewatia keep Titans top

An excellent partnership between David Miller and Rahul Tewatia helped the Gujarat Titans to a comfortable six-wicket victory with three balls to spare over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League clash at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

Miller and Tewatia combined for an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 79 from 42 balls as the Titans ended on 174 for four in response to RCB’s 170 for six after Faf du Plessis had won the toss and decided to bat first.

Tewatia struck five boundaries and two sixes from 25 balls to end unbeaten on 43 while Miller faced 24 balls for his unbeaten 39 which included four boundaries and one six. The pair came together with Gujarat in a bit of bother at 95 for four with the Titans needing 76 to win from 43 balls.

Shubman Gill (31) and Wriddhiman Saha (29) gave the Titans a good start with an opening stand of 51 from 47 balls but the introduction of Wanindu Hasaranga (4-0-28-2) broke the stand as Saha was caught on the boundary by Rajat Patidar. Shahbaz Ahmed (3-0-26-2) then had Gill trapped in front before dismissing Hardik Pandya (3), caught at long-off by Mahipal Lomror.

Sai Sudharsan (20), who struck two fours from 14 balls, then edged Hasaranga behind to leave the Titans in a spot of bother. But Miller and Tewatia combined well to see their side home and remain top of the log after eight wins in nine starts.

Earlier, a wonderful second-wicket stand between Virat Kohli (58) and Patidar (52) of 99 from 74 balls enabled RCB to post a competitive total after being dismissed for 68 and 115 in their last matches.

Kohli faced 53 balls while striking six fours and a six to register his first half-century of the season and 43rd of his career while Patidar was more aggressive, striking five boundaries and two maximums from only 32 balls to register his maiden IPL fifty.

The pair had to overcome the early loss of Du Plessis, who edged behind to Saha from the bowling of Pradeep Sangwan (4-0-19-2). Sangwan, who had not played an IPL match since 2018, also accounted for Patidar, caught at square leg by Gill.

Once Kohli and Patidar departed, Glenn Maxwell clubbed three fours and two sixes from 18 balls before being caught on the circle by Rashid Khan for 33 from the bowling of Lockie Ferguson (4-0-36-1). Dinesh Karthik (2) continued his striggles, being caught by Mohammad Shami on the fence from the bowling of Khan (4-0-29-1) after Shami (4-0-39-1) had bowled Kohli with a Yorker.

Lomror played a nice little cameo at the back-end, striking two fours and a six from eight balls before being caught by Miller off the final ball of the innings from the bowling of Alzarri Joseph (4-0-42-1).

Author: Brendon

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