Punjab Kings had to bat first as they lost the toss and they managed to give a good target of 190 runs to the Gujarat Titans. Liam Livingstone helped Punjab reach a defendable total of 190 as he scored 60 runs off just 27 balls and played at a strike rate of 237. Rashid Khan kept the PBKS batsman in check as he took three crucial wickets of Livingstone, Dhawan, and Shahrukh Khan.
Shubman Gill and Mathew Wade opened the innings as usual for Gujarat but Wade lost his wicket early but a debut player, Sai Sudharshan and Shubman Gill made a partnership of 101 runs and gave Gujarat some hope. Hardik then came in after Sudharshan’s wicket in the 15th over and was hitting the ball well.
The 19th over was disastrous for Gujarat as well as Shubman as he lost his wicket to Rabada at the score of 96 and missed his well deserved century by just 4 runs. Shubman’s innings consisted of 11 fours and 1 six in the 59 balls that he played. Gujarat needed 19 runs in the last over which seemed difficult but possible as Hardik was still on the crease.
David Miller and Hardik Pandya were on the crease in the last over and on the first ball Odean Smith bowled a wide and on the next ball Hardik walked off the crease as he was run out and the hopes of the Gujarat fans died. Tewatia came in next and took a single on the second delivery. Miller hit a four on the third ball, waking the hopes again of the fans.
The fourth ball saw a single and then Rahul Tewatia was on the crease. Gujarat needed 12 runs in two balls which meant that they needed two sixes to win the game. Rahul pulled the impossible and again helped Gujarat win the match. He hit two amazing sixes on the last two deliveries and Gujarat won the match by 6 wickets in hand. This was Gujarat’s third consecutive win in the tournament and now on the 2nd position on the points table. They are the only team who haven’t lost a match in this year’s IPL.