Rahul Tewatia
Rahul Tewatia. (Picture Supply: IPL/BCCI)

The Gujarat Titans registered an exhilarating six-wicket win over the Punjab Kings in Match 16 of IPL 2022 on the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on April 8. GT have thus received their third straight recreation and stay undefeated this season. Whereas Punjab did put up a stiff complete on the board, they have been made to work arduous for defending it courtesy of a superb knock from Shubman Gill.

Gujarat skipper Hardik Pandya received the toss and invited PBKS to bat first. The GT bowlers struck early to eliminate captain Mayank Agarwal cheaply for 5, however Shikhar Dhawan’s 30-ball 35 did present some acceleration to the innings. Final match’s hero Liam Livingstone as soon as once more made his presence felt with a quickfire 64 runs from 27 deliveries that propelled Punjab Kings to 189/9 from their 20 overs.

Shubman Gill shines in a tricky run chase

In reply, Gujarat misplaced Matthew Wade early, however Shubman Gill single-handedly anchored the run chase as he took the Punjab bowlers to the cleaners at common intervals. New expertise Sai Sudharshan additionally chipped in with 30-ball 35 that eased some strain off Gill. Skipper Pandya additionally lowered the deficit, scoring 27 runs from 18 deliveries.

Gill, alternatively, was simply nearing the three-figure mark earlier than he was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada for 96 runs off 59 balls. Nevertheless, he had carried out greater than sufficient as finisher Rahul Tewatia took Gujarat Titans previous the end line off the ultimate ball.

Shedding skipper, Mayank Agarwal stated:

“It was a tricky recreation however we actually fought arduous. We have been 5-7 runs quick however we pulled it again after the beginning that they had. There have been a variety of positives for us. We did very well to get ourselves to that rating after dropping so many wickets, so we have been very pleased with that. We fought actually arduous on the sphere. It was nice execution by each of them (Rabada and Arshdeep), incredible effort by them to tug the sport, they actually obtained us within the recreation. Final over may have been anybody’s recreation. We completely again Odean, it’s positive, he in all probability had a tough recreation however that’s positive. We again him a 100%. It’s only a recreation of cricket, it might be a bitter one to swallow but it surely’s positive. The speak within the group is we at all times again the fellows. If he has a nasty day, he has dangerous day, no worries, we again him 100%.”

Profitable skipper. Hardik Pandya stated:

“With the type of ups and downs that occur, I’ve turn out to be impartial. Hats off to Tewatia. It’s tough to go on the market and hit, and to do it below this strain is nice. It was Kings’ recreation, I’ve sympathy for them. Gill is telling all people that he’s there. Quite a lot of credit score goes to Sai as effectively for that partnership. It stored us within the recreation. I’m going to get higher with each recreation. I get drained as I’m not used to bowling 4 overs. However I’m getting higher.”

Participant of the Match, Shubman Gill stated:

“You will need to preserve the scoreboard ticking. You will need to hit these gaps as a result of this outfield is fast. It’s nearly execution. It was simply a kind of days the place I used to be hitting the ball effectively and discovering the gaps as effectively. I’m hitting the ball arduous, belief me. I’m doing my stage greatest to hit it arduous, it won’t look that manner. As an opener, I’ve to bat by the innings, in order that it’s simpler for the big-hitters to hit it in the long run. As an alternative of not pondering within the nets, I try to work and scale back my dot balls as a lot as attainable. Undecided in regards to the celebrations now, it takes us one hour to succeed in the resort”.

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