Rahul Tewatia hits 6, 6 off last two balls in spectacular finish for Gujarat Titans


Gujarat Titans 190 for 4 (Gill 96, Sai Sudharsan 35, Rabada 2-35) beat Punjab Kings 189 for 9 (Livingstone 64, Dhawan 35, Rashid 3-22) by six wickets

Shubman Gill performed one more elegant innings, scoring a career-best 96 off 59 balls, nevertheless it was Rahul Tewatia‘s two sixes off the ultimate two balls that took Gujarat Titans over the road in opposition to Punjab Kings on the Brabourne Stadium.

Chasing 190, Titans wanted 62 from the final six overs with 9 wickets in hand. However that one massive over that will have titled the sport in Titans’ favour did not come till the very finish.

With 19 required from the ultimate over, Odean Smith began with a large to David Miller however on the following ball, Hardik Pandya obtained run out whereas making an attempt to sneak in a bye. Rahul Tewatia took a single first ball at hand again the strike to Miller, who then pulled Smith over midwicket for 4.

Then with 12 wanted, Tewatia smashed the final two balls over deep midwicket to steal the victory. The boundary-rider obtained his fingers on the primary one however could not parry it inside. The subsequent was a six the second it hit the bat, resulting in frenzied celebrations from Tewatia.

The Shubman Gill present

In Titans’ final sport, in opposition to Delhi Capitals, Gill had scored a sublime 84 off 46 balls. On Friday, it appeared like he was simply persevering with from there. He hit the primary two balls he confronted, from Vaibhav Arora, for fours. Then he obtained caught into Arshdeep Singh. Punching him previous mid-on, pulling him by means of midwicket and slicing him in entrance of canopy, he collected three boundaries in his first over.

Mayank Agarwal turned to Kagiso Rabada within the fourth over and Rabada did not disappoint. Along with his second ball, he obtained Matthew Wade to nick one to the wicketkeeper.

B Sai Sudharsan, although, proved to be an ready ally for Gill. The duo took Titans previous 50 within the sixth over, and hit a six every within the subsequent two. Gill introduced up his fifty off 29 balls, steering Titans to 94 for 1 on the midway stage. Within the subsequent three overs, he hit three extra fours and reached 80 off 45 balls.

The place is the ultimate push?

Gill and Sai Sudharsan added 101 in 68 balls for the second wicket earlier than Sudharsan skied a Rahul Chahar googly to extra-cover.

The required charge was nonetheless not out of hand, however Arshdeep conceded solely six from the sixteenth over and 5 from the 18th to make issues troublesome for Titans.

Pandya hit two successive fours off Rabada within the nineteenth over however the bowler had Gill mistiming a large full toss to extra-cover. Off his final 16 balls, Gill managed solely 18. Nevertheless, Tewatia magic saved the day for Titans.

Kings’ sedate begin

Earlier, after being put in, Agarwal obtained Kings off the mark with a 4 off Mohammed Shami earlier than Pandya, as soon as once more sharing the brand new ball, obtained him with a brief ball.

Jonny Bairstow, who changed Bhanuka Rajapaksa within the aspect, began with a first-ball 4 however he too did not final lengthy. Attempting to ramp a Lockie Ferguson bouncer, he was cramped and ended up providing a dolly to brief third man.

And though every of the primary overs featured at the least one boundary, Kings might handle solely 43 within the powerplay, their lowest in that section to this point this season.

Livingstone tees off

Liam Livingstone is aware of just one solution to bat, or so it appears. He too opened his account with a 4, and shortly afterwards jumped out of his crease to deposit Darshan Nalkande over long-on.

However then got here a slice of luck. Within the ninth over of the innings, Livingstone pulled Rashid Khan in the direction of deep midwicket, the place Pandya leapt within the air and took the catch. However as he was touchdown, his foot brushed the boundary cushion. Livingstone had began strolling again and was nearly close to the boundary line when he noticed the replay on the large display screen.

Within the subsequent over, he moved throughout his stumps and helped Nalkande for a six and 4 off successive balls. He wrapped up the over with one more 4, taking Kings to 86 for two after ten overs.

200? 170? No, 189

All this whereas Shikhar Dhawan had performed an innings of two halves. He raced away to 19 off 11 balls however might rating solely 16 off the following 19. Ultimately, Rashid had him caught behind with a googly. It was the fourth time he dismissed Dhawan in T20s whereas conceding solely 41 runs off 44 balls.

Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma took the assault to Tewatia and clubbed him for twenty-four in his first and the one over of the innings. Livingstone cruised to his fifty off simply 21 balls, and having reached 124 for 3 in 13 overs, Kings appeared all set for a 200-run whole.

Nalkande, although, jolted them with two wickets in two balls – each Jitesh and Odean Smith holed out to long-on. M Shahrukh Khan hit Shami for back-to-back sixes earlier than Rashid dismissed Livingstone and Shahrukh to go away them 154 for 7.

That quickly grew to become 162 for 9. Rahul Chahar and Arshdeep Singh then added 27 in 2.1 overs to raise Kings to 189 for 9. At that stage, it felt like Kings had made up misplaced floor however that did not change into the case.

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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