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IPL 2022: Punjab Kings end Gujarat Titans' winning run; ranks fifth on points table

Dhawan scored his third half-century of the season and got good support from Bhanuka Rajapaksa who entertained with five fours and a six

Aachal Maniyar Edited by: Aachal Maniyar New Delhi Published on: May 03, 2022 23:45 IST
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Livingstone and Dhawan celebrating their victory against GT

Punjab Kings registered their fifth victory of the season as they beat Gujarat Titans by eight wickets. They ended the IPL table-toppers' five-match winning streak.

Pacer Kagiso Rabada snared four wickets as Punjab Kings restricted formidable Gujarat Titans to a below-par 143 for eight after Hardik Pandya opted to bat first.

Punjab, who made a mess of what should have been a straightforward chase in their last game, learned from their mistakes to pace the innings much better and overcome the target in 16 overs.

Dhawan scored his third half-century of the season and got good support from Bhanuka Rajapaksa who entertained with five fours and a six.

Skipper Mayank Agarwal dropped himself down the order to accommodate Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order but the move did not work.

However, the 87-run stand between the left-handers, Dhawan and Rajapaksa, ensured Punjab got home comfortably.

Liam Livingstone displayed some brutal hitting towards the end of the chase and smashed premier India pacer Mohammad Shami for four sixes including a monstrous 117m hit over deep square leg.

The 16th over going for 30 runs also gave a big boost to PBKS' net run rate.

It was a much-needed win for Punjab, who have struggled for consistency this season with five wins and as many losses.

For Gujarat, who are set to make the play-offs, it was a timely wake-up call to fix their batting issues, especially at the top of the order. They have had somebody or the other to bail them out of tough situations but it was not the case on Tuesday.

Earlier, Sai Sudharsan's unbeaten 65 off 50 balls was the saving grace in Gujarat's innings as Punjab bowlers conceded only 11 fours and two sixes.

Sudarsan managed to hit five boundaries and a six but ran out of partners as Gujarat skipper Hardik Pandya's decision to elect to bat backfired.

They lost openers Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha cheaply. Gill, who had struck two boundaries, was dismissed courtesy a direct hit from Rishi Dhawan from cover, in the third over.

In the next over Saha, who started aggressively, gave a sitter to rival captain Mayank Agawral at mid-off, giving Rabada his first wicket. Saha, who had hit three boundaries and a six, was undone by the extra bounce, as he tried to play a lofted shot, but mistimed it and paid the price.

Gujarat further slipped to 44/3 as pacer Rishi Dhawan removed Hardik early. Hardik tried to drive an outside the off length ball, but ended it nicking to wicket-keeper Jitesh Sharma leaving his team in all sorts of trouble.

Then Sudharsan and David Miller tried to rally the innings but managed to add only 23 runs in 30 balls.

It became 67/4 after Liam Livingstone dismissed Miller, who miscued a lofted drive to be caught by Rabada at long-off.

Sudharshan tried to change gears from the 11th over, when he pulled Livingstone for his first boundary, but was unable to free his arms frequently.

Rabada further pegged back Gujarat by removing Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan in successive deliveries in the 17th over, with GT reeling at 112/6.

Rabada capped off a memorable spell by dismissing Lockie Ferguson.

For Punjab, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar and Livingstone also played their parts to perfection. 

(Inputs from PTI