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IPL 2024, GT vs RCB: Kohli-Jacks 166* partnership demolishes GT; RCB get third win

IPL 2024, GT vs RCB: Virat Kohli's 70, Will Jacks' 100 off 41 help RCB chase 201 down with 4 overs remaining. RCB remain at no. 10 in points table. Top Takeaways from RCB and GT from the match.


IPL 2024, GT vs RCB: Virat Kohli, Will Jacks hand RCB a huge victory over Gujarat Titans | Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
IPL 2024: Kohli, Jacks hand RCB a huge victory over GT (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)

Brief Scores: GT 200/3 (Sudarshan 84*, Khan 58, Swapnil 1/23) beaten by RCB 206/1 (Jacks 100*, Kohli 70*) by nine wickets. 


Player of the Match: Will Jacks (100 off 41)


In a thrilling spectacle of power-packed cricket, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) showcased their prowess with a solid victory over their opponents. Tasked with chasing down a formidable target of 201 runs, RCB's innings unfolded with a blend of calculated aggression and explosive power hitting. Faf du Plessis provided an electric start, laying the groundwork for an onslaught. 


However, Will Jack's unstoppable force turned the tide decisively in RCB's favor. Jack's breathtaking assault, particularly against Mohit Sharma and Rashid Khan, left the opposition reeling and grasping for answers. With Jacks' whirlwind innings of 83 runs off just 24 balls, RCB sealed a comprehensive victory with four overs to spare.



Key Takeaways from GT vs RCB, Match 11, IPL 2024- Winning team (RCB)


Jacks-Kohli makes a short work of chase

In a commanding display of batting prowess, Virat Kohli and Will Jacks orchestrated a clinical chase for their team, dismantling the opposition's total with ease. Kohli's masterful innings of 70 runs off 44 deliveries set the tone early on, as he anchored the innings with his trademark composure and précised stroke play. 


Meanwhile, Jacks unleashed a breathtaking onslaught, smashing an unbeaten century off just 41 balls with a remarkable strike rate of 243.90. Needing just one run to reach his century, Jacks unleashed a flurry of boundaries and sixes, showcasing his exceptional talent and nerves of steel. The unfortunate bowler, Rashid Khan, bore the brunt of Jack's assault as each delivery was dispatched with utmost authority. From a fullish leggie to a short delivery, Jacks utilized every opportunity to punish the ball, much to the admiration of his teammate, Kohli, who watched in awe from the other end. 


Kohli, meanwhile, reached a personal milestone of 500 runs in the season, adding to the RCB camp's jubilation. 


Together, Kohli and Jacks formed an unstoppable partnership. Their contrasting yet complementary play styles ensured their team's swift and emphatic victory. 



The addition of Swapnil and Karn is working for RCB

Swapnil Singh and Karn Sharma, who are part of the RCB bowling lineup, have proven crucial, as both players have made significant contributions to the team's performance. Swapnil Singh's economical spell of 23 runs conceded in his four overs and Karn Sharma's 38 runs in his four overs have bolstered RCB's bowling attack by bringing in a balance.


Their combined efforts have added depth and variety to the bowling unit, allowing RCB to maintain pressure on the opposition and restrict the flow of runs better than earlier. 



Key Takeaways from GT vs RCB, Match 11, IPL 2024- Losing team (GT)


IPL 2024, GT vs RCB_ Sai Sudharsan, Shahrukh Khan scored fifties for Gujarat Titans _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
Sudharsan, Shahrukh scored fifties for Gujarat Titans (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)
Sudharsan-Khan bail GT out after a poor start

In a spectacular turnaround for GT, Shahrukh Khan's promotion to number 4 proved to be a masterstroke. Despite a sluggish start and the early loss of Wriddhiman Saha in the first over, followed by Shubman Gill's departure after a struggling inning of 19 runs, Khan was thrust into the spotlight to take on the spinners. And boy, did he deliver!


Teaming up with Sai Sudharsan, the duo orchestrated a magnificent 86-run partnership off just 45 balls for the third wicket. Their synergy resuscitated GT's innings and injected momentum when needed. Khan's aggressive stroke play, and Sudharsan's composed batting complemented each other perfectly, pushing GT towards a formidable total.


Despite RCB executing their bowling plans well and displaying commendable fielding, they found themselves on the receiving end of a barrage of boundaries from the GT batters.


Statistical Highlights for GT vs RCB, IPL 2024
  • Kohli now equals Warner in having the most 500+ run seasons in IPL, i.e., 7.

  • This is the second-highest successful run chase by RCB in IPL.



What’s next to come

RCB wakes late in the contest and registers a fantastic run chase against GT. It is unsure how much it will impact their stay in the tournament as they are already written off, but it would remain a moral victory for them.


Next, action shifts to Chepauk for the clash between CSK and SRH.


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