Mumbai, April 8: Rahul Tewatia hit two sixes on the last two balls of the match against Odean Smith as Gujarat Titans defeated Punjab Kings by six wickets in a thrilling IPL 2022 encounter at Brabourne Stadium here on Friday.
From 21 of nine deliveries to 18 of the last five deliveries pitched by Smith, Tewatia and David Miller took him to 13 of three balls as Miller struggled for a single, leaving Tewatia with the unenviable task of hitting two sixes in the last two deliveries. of the match and win it for Gujarat Titans, who successfully chased a goal of 190.
The seasoned 28-year-old who has played for Kings XI Punjab, the Punjab Kings’ previous avatar, and Delhi Capitals in the IPL delivered brilliantly, taking Smith just over the deep midwicket, with the outfielder almost catching him before falling on the rope, and then slog sweeps the final delivery over the long limit to seal a memorable victory for 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. It seemed like the match had gotten out of hand before Tewatia intervened so brilliantly.
Gujarat will have starter Shubman Gill (96 – 59b, 11×4, 1×6) to thank for putting them in a position where they could chase down the Punjab Kings 189/9 reached thanks to a 27-ball 64 from Liam Livingstone, who scored his second consecutive. half century.
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).