Mumbai, April 9: Gujarat Titans batsman Rahul Tewatia hit two sixes in the last two deliveries of the match against Odean Smith to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Punjab Kings in a thrilling IPL 2022 match here on Friday.
With 12 needed from the last two balls, Tewatia fired two sixes at Brabourne Stadium here to seal a six-wicket victory for the Titans.
Going 21-for-9 to 18-for-last-5, Tewatia and David Miller took it to 13-for-3 as Miller rushed out a single, leaving Tewatia with the unenviable task of hitting two sixes in the game’s final two deliveries. and win it. for Gujarat Titans, who successfully chased a target of 190.
The 28-year-old campaigner veteran who has played for Kings XI Punjab, the previous avatar of the Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals in the IPL, delivered brilliantly, carrying Smith just above the middle of the deep wicket, with the outfielder nearly catching him earlier. him falling over the rope, then sweeping the final pitch over the long limit to seal a memorable victory for the Gujarat Titans.
Chasing a target of 190, Gujarat looked to be sailing to victory with starter Shubman Gill and skipper Hardik Pandya leading the charge. But both came out at the most inappropriate time: Gill only four of the century away from him and Pandya was left without the first ball of the final with Gujarat 4/172.
It seemed like the match had gotten out of hand, but then Tewatia intervened so brilliantly.
Gujarat will have starter Shubman Gill (96 – 59b, 11×4, 1×6), Sai Sudharshan (35 – 30b, 4×4, 1×6) and Pandya (27 – 18b, 5×4) to thank for putting them in a position where they could chase down Punjab. kings. ‘ 189/9 reached thanks to a 27-ball 64 from Liam Livingstone, who scored his second consecutive half-century.
Livingstone came in to bat with PBKS struggling at 34/2 and then saved 52 runs for third wicket off starter Shikhar Dhawan (35, 30b, 4×4). Dhawan, looking less sure of himself, greeted Lockie Ferguson with two successive caps on his first two deliveries of the night: the first soaring over half the wicket and the second splitting the decks. I was out with the score at 86/3 and PBKS was not out of the woods yet.
Livingstone then found a good ally in Jitesh Sharma as they brought PBKS to safety at 124/4. He went on to complete his 21-ball half-century, hitting debutant Darshan Nalkande with a six and four in one over and hitting him with two consecutive fours in another over. It was his second straight IPL half-century to help PBKS get back on their feet.
The Englishman had scored 60 against Chennai Super Kings in their previous match, helping them to their second victory.
Punjab Kings lost their way a bit in the middle overs when Jitesh Sharma (23 from 11 balls) and Odean Smith (0) were eliminated in successive deliveries of Nalkande’s third over. Although Shah Rukh Khan avoided the hat-trick, he didn’t last long either, caught by Rashid Khan. Rahul Chahar and Arshdeep Singh landed some heavy shots to take them to 189/9.
But in the end that proved insufficient as Tewatia snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the Gujarat Titans.
Short scores: Punjab Kings 189/9 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 35, Liam Livingstone 64, Rahul Chahar 22 not out; Rashid Khan 3/22, Darshan Nalkande 2/37) lost to Gujarat Titans 190/4 in 20 overs (Shubman Gill 96, Sai Sudarshan 35, Rahul Tewatia 13 not out; Kagiso Rabada 2/35).