IPL 2022: Match 43, GT vs RCB – Full List of Award Winners, Player of the Match, Who Said What

Rahul Tewatia. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The Gujarat Titans beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in Match 43 of IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on April 30 to continue their winning momentum. With this win, they also retained the top spot by winning their eighth game and now have 16 points to their tally.

RCB skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat first in the afternoon game. His stay at the crease lasted for just four deliveries and he was dismissed for a duck by Pradeep Sangwan. The duo of  Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar then took the centre stage and stitched a 99-run stand for the second wicket. Kohli top-scored with 58 runs from 53 deliveries while Patidar scored a 32-ball 50 that propelled Bangalore to 170/6.

Rahul Tewatia stuns RCB in the death overs

In reply, openers Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill laid a great foundation adding 51 runs for the first wicket. While Gill scored 31, Saha contributed with 29. After the duo was dismissed, back-to-back wickets including that of captain Hardik Pandya for just three runs disturbed GT’s momentum and at one point it seemed that bowlers would open the floodgates for Bangalore.

However, the middle-order duo of David Miller and Rahul Tewatia had other ideas as they played counter-attacking knocks. The duo stitched an unbeaten 79-run stand for the fifth wicket as Gujarat Titans got past the finish line with three balls to spare. Miller scored 39 runs from 24 balls while Tewatia played scoreed a 25-ball 43.

Losing skipper, Faf du Plessis said:

“We were trying to get to 175-180, the foundation was good, but they did bowl well in the middle overs, but I thought we were 5-10 runs short of a total which I felt was very good. But we started well with the ball, but credit to the (GT) guys for being consistent right through the campaign, they have been so calm during their chases. Patidar played really well, it was great for him and the team. It was a good effort to come out and bat like that as a team, especially after what happened during the last two games, that confidence is what we’ll take forward, but we conceded 2-3 easy boundaries on the short side, but it still needed some quality finishing from them. There is always pressure, especially when you’ve quality players in the middle. But as I said, it was a tricky target and there was a big square  on one side and we had to keep the ball away from the short side. If I’m not wrong, the 4th last over, we kept feeding them onto the short side and that’s what you’d have to stay away from, minimize the damage as much as possible. But with one big boundary, you can still do well if you bowl in the right areas. That was a huge step in the right direction (on Kohli scoring runs). Cricket is a massive game of confidence and it’ll be huge. To get a solid fifty, it’s big for him and for us, something that we can take forward. You will need someone in the top-4 to go out and make those 70s and 80s, scores around 30s and 40s will not help win matches.”

Winning skipper, Hardik Pandya said:

“That’s the beauty of this team, people coming in and showing what they can do in clutch situations is becoming quite a habit, something I don’t mind happening. We always back them to do it, but they’re defying odds time and again. Credit to their confidence level (on Miller, Tewatia and Rashid), the self-belief that they’re having, making sure they can finish games. To be very honest, we don’t play to what people say, at the end of the day, it’s up to yourself to improve, that’s what we want. I have had a lot of chats with Rahul (Tewatia), you can see that self-belief, if you can finish games like this, you need to be super cool. That makes you think that 7, 8 or even 9 can make you win. This win is dedicated to the people of Gujarat, as it’s Gujarat Day tomorrow, thanks for all the love and wishes you’ve shown us. As I have played a lot in Maharashtra, happy Maharashtra day as well.”

Player of the Match, Rahul Tewatia said:

“I can’t say that I stay cool during chases, but a lot of things will be going beneath, as to how to take it forward, which bowler to target and which areas to hit. I then try and follow the plans. In the death overs, you’d need to play some pre-planned shots, but I certainly look at the field and then look at the ball before hitting. So, if the ball is outside off, I will look to go over the off-side, if it’s on the stumps, I play the leg-side shots. I have bettered my off-side game during this tournament, the bowlers had planned to keep fielders in the off-side, so I knew it I could hit the gaps, I could get the boundaries, I have opened up both sides of the ground now. You have to finish games, never mind the target. The pitches have been really good, you can chase even 60 runs off the final 5 overs. I have spent a lot of time with him (Miller), we were together at PBKS for a year, with RR for a couple of years, so we have a good bonding, we talk about finishing games even in the nets. I have the belief in myself that I can finish games as long as I stay in the middle.”

Full list of awardees in GT vs RCB match

Super Striker of the Match – Glenn Maxwell

Game Changer of the Match – Rahul Tewatia

Most Sixes –  Rahul Tewatia

Power Player of the Match –  Pradeep Sangwan

Most Valuable Asset of the Match – David Miller

Fastest delivery of the Match – Mohammed Siraj

Most Fours – Virat Kohli

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