Rabada, Dhawan, Livingstone give Punjab Kings NRR-boosting win


Punjab Kings 145 for two (Dhawan 62*, Rajapaksa 40, Livingstone 30*) beat Gujarat Titans 143 for 8 (Sudharsan 65*, Rabada 4-33) by eight wickets

A choke by the bowlers, led by Kagiso Rabada‘s four-for and returns of 4-0-17-0 from Sandeep Sharma, restricted table-toppers Gujarat Titans to a below-par 143 and revived Punjab Kings’ marketing campaign for the playoffs race.

Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Liam Livingstone made quick work of the chase, which they sealed with as many as 4 overs to spare, and lifted Kings from eighth to fifth on the desk. Extra importantly, their internet run-rate was boosted from -0.470 to -0.229.

Titans experimented with the choice of opting to bat first, however couldn’t sew any substantial partnerships collectively, with an everyday fall of wickets hurting them. It was Sai Sudharsan‘s maiden fifty that steered them from 67 for 4 within the twelfth over in the direction of 150, however like captain Hardik Pandya stated later, “clearly we weren’t even near par”.

Vishal Dikshit is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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