Gujarat Titans (GT) won three games in a row in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after defeating the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 6 wickets on Friday at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
In a game that went to the final delivery, Gujarat Titans successfully chased down the target of 190 courtesy of Shubman Gill’s elegant 96 at the top followed by Rahul Tewatia’s final over heroics with two sixes in the final two deliveries that sealed the chase.
Punjab Kings are coming off a win in their previous game against the Chennai Super Kings and have won two of their three games already. The Mayank Agarwal-led side has been very aggressive in their batting approach right from the word go and it has worked out in their favour so far. However, they will need their skipper to fire at the top who hasn’t had the big score yet with the bat this season.
Shami cleaned up the stumps of Vaibhav Arora but Rahul Chahar added valuable runs by hitting two fours and a six as PBKS finished the first innings with a total of 189/9.
Brief Scores: Gujarat Titans 190-4 (Shubman Gill 96, Sai Sudharsan 35; Kagiso Rabada 2-35) beat Punjab Kings 189-9 (Liam Livingstone 64, Shikhar Dhawan 35; Rashid Khan 3-22) by 6 wickets.
Mayank Agarwal(C), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma(Wk), Odean Smith, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora
Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade(Wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya(C), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Aaron, Mohammed Shami
The Punjab Kings will have a slight advantage over the Gujarat Titans having played at the same ground in their previous game, and so far it has been a pretty good wicket to bat. However, the captain that wins the toss will still consider bowling first as chasing the total has been relatively easier when compared to putting up a big score on the board in the tournament.