Gujarat Titans vs Punjab Kings Match: Shikhar Dhawan (62 not out) followed a brilliant performance by the bowlers led by Kagiso Rabada (4 for 33 in four overs) as Punjab Kings thrashed Gujarat Titans by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League match on Tuesday. Despite Sai Sudarshan’s unbeaten 65 off 50 balls, Gujarat’s team could only manage 143 runs for eight wickets. Punjab registered victory for the loss of two wickets in 16 overs.
Dhawan hit eight fours and a six in his 53-ball innings. He laid the foundation for the team’s victory by sharing an 87-run partnership with Bhanuka Rajapakse (40) for the second wicket. Rajapaksa hit five fours and a six in his 28-ball innings. Liam Livingstone then scored an unbeaten 30 off 10 balls to help the team win the game as well as improve the net run rate.
After this win, Punjab team reached fifth in the table with five wins in 10 matches. This is Gujarat’s second defeat in 10 matches and the team is still on top. Before this, Sudarshan held one end for Gujarat. He hit five fours and a six during his first half-century. After him Wriddhiman Saha (21 runs in 17 balls) was the second highest scorer of the team.
That’s that from Match 48.@PunjabKingsIPL win by 8 wickets with four overs to spare.
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Apart from Rabada for Punjab, Arshdeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan and Liam Livingstone took one wicket each to restrict Gujarat to the lowest score in the current season. Chasing the target, Dhawan hit two consecutive fours against Pradeep Sangwan in the second over but Mohammed Shami (1 for 43) gave Punjab the first blow by dismissing Jonny Bairstow (1 run) in the third over.
Rajapaksa hit two fours in the same over, while in the fourth over against Alzarri Joseph, he hit a brilliant six and then a four over the wicketkeeper. Dhawan completed 47th half-century of IPL career by hitting a four against Lockie Ferguson in the 12th over. Rajapaksa hit a six in the same over but got leg-behind the next ball. Liam Livingstone scored 28 runs against Shami in the 16th over by hitting three consecutive sixes and two fours and gave the team victory.
Gujarat won the toss and elected to bat but the team lost the wickets of both the openers in the first four overs. In the second over, Shubman Gill (nine runs in six balls), who hit two fours against Rabada, was run out. Saha then hit a brilliant six against Rabada in the fourth over but the experienced bowler walked him off the very next ball. Captain Hardik Pandya, who was running in great rhythm, scored a run in seven balls and was caught by wicketkeeper Jitesh Sharma on Rishi’s ball.
After this, the Punjab bowlers tightened the screws on Gujarat and in an attempt to accelerate the run-rate, David Miller (11 runs in 14 balls) was caught by Rabada near the boundary line off Livingstone in the 12th over. In the same over, Sudarshan ended the boundary drought by hitting a four. For Gujarat, this four came after 48 balls.
He then tried to increase the run-rate with fours in the overs of Rishi Dhawan and Rahul Chahar but Rabada dismissed Rahul Tewatia (11 runs in 13 balls) and Rashid Khan (nil) in successive deliveries in the 17th over of Gujarat. gave a big blow. He walked Lockie Ferguson (five runs in three balls) in the 19th over. Sudarshan took the team’s score beyond 140 by hitting a six in the 18th over and a four in the 20th over off Arshdeep from the other end. Arshdeep bowled Pradeep Sangwan (2 runs in five balls) during this.
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