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PBKS vs GT, IPL 2022 Match Report: Rahul Tewatia Hits 2 Sixes Off Last 2 Balls As Gujarat Titans Win Against Punjab Kings In Thriller

Gujarat Titans players after the match 10 of the TATA Indian Premier League 2022 (IPL season 15) between the Gujarat Titans and the Delhi Capitals held at the MCA International Stadium in Pune on the 2nd April 2022 Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for IPL

PBKS vs GT, IPL 2022: Rahul Tewatia hit two sixes off the last two balls after Shubman Gill struck his highest IPL score as Gujarat Titans beat Punjab Kings by six wickets here on Friday.

Rahul Tewatia smashed a couple of sixes off the last two deliveries after the talented Shubman Gill’s magnificent 96 off just 59 balls as Gujarat Titans pulled off a dramatic six-wicket win over Punjab Kings in their IPL match here on Friday. Chasing 190 for a win, Gill was out in the 19th over after hitting 11 fours and a six, followed by his captain Hardik Pandya (27) in the final over as the Titans needed 12 runs from the last two balls.

Tewatia (13 not out off 3 balls), who has a reputation of hitting big sixes in crunch situations, sent the last two balls bowled by Odean Smith for maximums to hand the Titans their third win on the trot.

The Punjab side made a brilliant comeback at the death and they were on the verge of a victory only to be denied by Tewatia in a dramatic fashion.

Gill, who had hit 84 in the previous match against Delhi Capitals, was in imperious form as he cut, drove and smacked the Punjab bowlers to hold one end together. He shared 101 runs in 11.2 overs with debutant Sai Sudharsan (35 off 30 balls) to keep the Titans on course in the run chase.

It was not an easy chase though as the Titans needed more than 11 runs an over after Sudharsan was out off Rahul Chahar (1/41) in the 15th over.

Arshdeep Singh (0/31) bowled brilliantly in the 18th over, giving away just five runs, leaving the Titans to score 32 from the final two overs.

PBKS vs GT, IPL 2022 Match Report: Rahul Tewatia

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In a tense finish, Gill was out in the penultimate over after his captain had struck two fours off Kagiso Rabada (2/35).

The Titans needed 19 from the final over bowled by Smith (0/35) and 12 from the last two balls and Tewatia did the unthinkable.

Earlier, England all-rounder Liam Livingstone, this IPL’s costliest foreign player, made full use of a lucky reprieve to smash a second consecutive half century and help Punjab Kings post 189 for 9.

Livingstone, who was bought for Rs 11.5 crore, smashed 64 off just 27 balls to score the bulk of the runs for Punjab Kings after being asked to bat first.

He shared 52 runs for the third wicket with opener Shikhar Dhawan (35) to revive the Punjab innings after they were 43 for 2 after the powerplay.

Livingstone, who had hit 60 off 32 balls against Chennai Super Kings in the previous match, survived by the skin of his teeth in the ninth over, when he was on 14, as Titans captain Hardik Pandya’s foot touched the boundary ropes while trying to take a high catch off spinner Rashid Khan (3/22).

The Englishman took full advantage of the ‘life’ given to him as he reached to his fifty off 21 balls. In the end, he struck seven fours and four sixes in his quickfire knock.

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The potent Gujarat Titans bowling attack made a brief comeback with debutant Darshan Nalkande (2/37) and the seasoned Rashid claiming wickets in quick succession.

Nalkande removed Jitesh Sharma (23) and Odean Smith (0) off consecutive balls in the 14th over, while the wily Rashid dismissed Livingstone and Shahrukh Khan (15) in the space of three balls in the 16th over, besides claiming the wicket of Dhawan earlier.

From 153 for 5 in the 16th over, Punjab were reduced to 162 for 9 but Rahul Chahar and Arshdeep Singh stitched a valuable 27-run partnership for the unconquered last wicket to take their side to a stiff total.

Earleir, captain Mayank Agarwal (5) was out cheaply for the third time while star England batter Jonny Bairstow’s debut match for Punjab Kings lasted eight balls for as many runs as both fell inside the powerplay overs.

Watch: Hardik Pandya’s Shell-Shocked Reaction To Rahul Tewatia’s Extraordinary Finish In PBKS vs GT IPL 2022 Clash

IPL 2022, PBKS vs GT: Hardik Pandya sat in disbelief with a smile on his face even as teammates around him celebrated wildly after an extraordinary finish to the game.

Rahul Tewatia and Gujarat Titans pulled off a heist to break Punjab Kings hearts at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday night. Needing 12 off the final two balls, Tewatia did the unthinkable by smashing consecutive sixes to give his team a memorable win in IPL 2022. Tewatia is making a habit of doing the impossible and his late heroics catapulted Gujarat Titans to second in the IPL points table, same points as table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders, who have played a game more. After the nail-biting finish, Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya just counldn’t believe what had happened and wore a shell-shocked look even as teammates around him celebrated wildly.

Earlier, GT had won the toss and elected to field in Mumbai. Hardik Pandya struck early to remove PBKS skipper Mayank Agarwal, whose torrid run with the bat continued.

Jonny Bairstow, playing his first match of IPL 2022, too fell without making much of a contribution. Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone, however, put PBKS on track of a big score with a fine partnership for the third wicket.

The Englishman then kicked on, blasting 64 off 27 balls. But the game-changing moment came in the 16th over as Rashid Khan removed the dangerous Livingstone and Shahrukh Khan in the same over.

It seemed PBKS would fall well short of the 200-run mark that they were looking at when Livingstone was going great guns but a brilliant cameos from Rahul Chahar and Arshdeep Singh helped them post 189 for nine.

In reply, Shubman Gill anchored GT’s chase with a sensational 96 off 59 balls. Young Sai Sudharsan too looked good in his knock of 35 off 30 balls. Skipper Hardik Pandya chipped in with 27 off 18 balls but it seemed GT had left themselves a mountain to climb towards the end.

Needing 19 off the final over, PBKS threw the ball to Odean Smith who started with a wide. Hardik was run out next leaving GT needing 18 off five balls. David Miller hit a crucial boundary off the third ball to keep GT’s hopes alive.

13 required off three balls, Odean Smith had a brain fade, taking a shy at the stumps when there was no need to. This resulted in GT needing 12 off 2 balls with Tewatia back on strike.

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