Punjab stuttered a bit within the closing over, needing simply 7 off 6 balls, when Punjab pacer Sam Curran clear bowled Gill with the second supply. The scenario modified to a precarious 4 off 2 balls, however Rahul Tewatia (5*) held his nerves to hit a 4 over brief leg fielder to finish the chase with a ball to spare.
Because it occurred: Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans
Gill, who smacked a six and 7 fours in his 49-ball knock, performed a measured knock and saved one finish intact for the Titans.
Chasing a beneath par 154-run goal, the right-hander gave the Titans a flying begin with Wriddhiman Saha (30 off 19 balls) because the duo added 48 runs in simply 4.4 overs. After Saha turned the one hundredth IPL wicket for Kagiso Rabada within the fifth over, Gill stitched a 41-run stand with Sai Sudharsan (19) to regular the run chase.
Harpreet Brar eliminated Titans skipper Hardik Pandya (8) within the fifteenth over to present Punjab a glimmer of hope, however Gill stood tall to take his workforce residence.
Medium pacer Mohit marked his IPL comeback with figures of two/18 as holders Titans restricted Punjab to 153 for eight.
Enjoying in his first sport within the league since 2020, Mohit was distinctive within the penultimate over, freely giving as little as six runs.
When their flip to bat got here, Gill led the best way along with his tremendous half-century, 4 days after struggling a heartbreaking loss to Kolkata Knight Riders.
Having finished responsibility because the workforce’s internet bowler final season, Mohit, who has additionally performed for the Indian workforce together with within the World Cup, combined his tempo and diverse his lengths effectively all through his spell.
From Titans’ viewpoint, it was extraordinarily vital that Gill stayed on until the top, particularly after the dismissal of Hardik with the workforce nonetheless 48 runs away from their third victory in 34 balls.
For Punjab, Matthew Brief top-scored with a 24-ball 36 but it surely was Masood Shahrukh Khan’s nine-ball 22, which helped the workforce cross 150.
Titans have been off to a flyer and scored 56 within the six powerplay overs with Gill going nice weapons.
In the meantime, Punjab’ lead pacer Kagiso Rabada turned the quickest to 100 wickets within the IPL, when he had Saha caught at deep sq. leg off a brief ball.
The South Africa speedster took simply 64 video games to succeed in the landmark, six matches fewer than Lasith Malinga’s 70.
Earlier, despatched in to bat after the coin landed in favour of the returning Titans skipper Hardik, Punjab misplaced Prabhsimran Singh within the second ball of the over when his tried flick off a size ball from Mohammed Shami went straight to Rashid Khan at brief midwicket.
Prabhsimran departed with out scoring.
Brief walked in at quantity three and he bought off the mark with a boundary, placing the ball by means of level. The following ball was brief, and Brief pulled the seasoned India seamer by means of the sq. leg area for one more 4.
Sharing the brand new ball with Shami, Joshua Little was welcomed with two boundaries by the in-form Shikhar Dhawan. Whereas the primary one was lofted over cowl, Dhawan produced a pleasant shot within the subsequent ball, caressing the ball previous mid-off in what was a high-class cowl drive.
Australia’s Brief, who has finished effectively for Adelaide Strikers within the Large Bash League again residence, took on Shami and hit him for back-to-back fours together with an authoritative boundary by means of mid-off.
Nonetheless, simply when Punjab appeared to be placing Titans beneath strain Little gave his workforce an enormous breakthrough, dismissing the damaging Dhawan (8) who got here down the observe to play the lofted shot, solely to finish up giving a catch to Alzarri Joseph.
Titans bought one other large wicket when the ever-reliable Rashid (1/26 in 4 overs) foxed a well-settled Brief with a googly with Punjab’s rating studying 55 for 3 within the seventh over.
Having struck a flurry of fours and an enormous six off Joseph, Brief had settled down properly however seemed clueless when Rashid determined to bowl the improper’un.
Brief’s dismissal set Punjab again a bit, and it turned trickier when Jitesh Sharma (25 off 23 balls) was despatched again by Mohit, because of a sensible piece of labor by Wriddhiman behind the wickets.
Sam Curran (22) struck a much-needed six — an enormous most over deep midwicket after star leg-spinner Rashid missed his lenTitansh.
Sri Lankan Bhanuka Rajapaksa didn’t persuade in his 26-ball 20, till his keep within the center was minimize brief by Joseph.
Shahrukh Khan smashed the primary ball he confronted for a six over deep midwicket, earlier than selecting up one other most off Shami.
(With inputs from PTI)
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