Livingstone ends the chase with aplomb
What a victory for the Punjab Kings, overthrowing the top Gujarat Titans chasing the target in just 16 overs! A great way out to raise morale for an otherwise inconsistent side. Livingstone decided to just speed up the chase in the 16th when Shami returned. He sent one six from the country and hit two and two fours in a 28-run run that ended the chase.
87-run rack broken …
Lockie Ferguson finds a way. It started to look like Dhawan and Rajapaksa would take away this game. They added 87 of 58 balls to keep the team ahead of the eight, but Rajapaksa is now gone, a leg trapped before.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa on the song …
… after a long time. He moved to 20 out of 10 with some violent batting, and Dhawan in his company is doing well to retaliate against GT’s fine fast bowling on the ground with real bounce.
There is no stripping for Bairstow tonight
The chance to open does not bring big races to the great Englishman because he falls to 1 in the third over.
Fiery start on the cards?
Jonny Bairstow came out for the opening instead of Mayanka Agarwala … and with him is Shikhar Dhawan who thesenumbers against Mohammed Shami!
Dhawan v. Shami: 108 runs 69 balls 0 outputs 156.52 SR
GT ends at 143 for 8
They’d like a little over 150, but they’d probably take this one too. And this came despite a mid-range implosion and an overall lack of incentive to hit because of their 20-year-old No. 3 Sai Sudharshan, who dragged himself to the end with an undefeated 64 out of 50. He says he could have avoided a few points – he had 12 – but hitting seemed pretty hard. 29 of the last three overs will still count as a mini-win for the GT and they will support their strong bowling attack to make the match.
What is GT in death without Miller, Tewatie and Rashid?
We will find out soon because all three have been fired. Tewatia and Rashid exclude consecutive balls from Rabada. Sai Sudharshan struggled until the end, but continued to hit at 48 of 41. His innings could be a bigger success if he can change gears and the GT gets more than 30 in the last three overs. They are currently at 114 for 6 of 17!
It’s going slow for the Gujarat Titans
Punjab did not take his foot off the pedal the whole time. There were no releases even after Hardy Pandya’s dismissal, and the races were not easy. GT slipped to 66 for 3 of 11 overs with Sai Sudarshan and David Miller in the middle.
One of the many reasons for a great start to GT’s life in IPL?
The support staff that helps the head coach does not get enough credit and fame. Aashish Kapoor, a former Indian off spinner, is very good at putting together a team, starting from his younger days. He doesn’t seem to have lost touch. Bravo .. He is with @gujarat_titans this # IPL2022 #GTvPBKS
14:17 • May 5, 2022
Who got PP?
PBKS certainly. The GT has 42 races, but has lost both openings. Hardik Pandya could afford to change the usual tune and decide to hit first given the number of wins they already have, but PBKS took full advantage of the opportunity to be the first ball here.Arshdeep, PBKS’s death-over expert, hit the sixth over and gave only four rounds in it. Now switch to slower bowlers to keep the middle stage solid.
Gill is gone … and he’s not happy!
There will be no 2nd round against Rabada because he has now run out in the next. He pushed the ball to the cover and headed for a quick single, but Rishi Dhawan was sharp on the field, hitting stumps on the non-attacker’s side while on the move to catch a GT opener who wasn’t in his crease. Gill has had several complaints against bowler Sandeep Sharma, seemingly accusing him of bothering him. But that wasn’t really the case because Sandeep stood in his place after the resumption and just watched the ball. It was a risky ride and Gill paid for it early.
Gill vs. Rabada – Round 1
The GT opener responded decisively to the distorted match against the fast SA. A few posh fours to begin with.
Trends to follow …
–How Shubman Gill deals with Kagis Rabad …
Gill v. Rabada: 20 runs 32 balls 2 outputs 62.50 SR
– How Hardik Pandya uses his bowling abilities against Shikhara Dhawan …
Dhawan v. Shami: 108 runs 69 balls 0 outputs 156.52 SR
Dhawan v. Ferguson: 56 runs 46 balls 3 outputs 121.74 SR
Dhawan v. Rashid: 41 runs 44 Balls 4 outputs 93.18
If he maintains his dominance over his representative counterpart Mohammed Shami, then one more than Rashid in PowerPlay might not be a bad idea.
Ejection: Gujarat Titans win the ejection, opt for the bat. Neither side has made a change since the last game
Gujarat Titans:Wriddhiman Saha (w), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Pradeep Sangwan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami
Punjab Kings:Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (w), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma
Prelude – GT bowling against hitting PBKS?
It is a narrative to pay attention to today. The PBKS have an enviable top lineup, although they have added a bit of timidity to their approach in the last few games. This comes with inconsistency of results, as PBKS has not yet managed to string together two consecutive victories. There is no better time than now to get rid of that habit as the tournament draws to a close.
For the Gujarat Titans, this was nothing more than a dream run into their life in the IPL. The bowling went perfectly and that middle order was incomparable – with their 5-6-7 axis scoring more rounds than any other side this season. They showed steely nerves to record four wins in the final and somehow maintained their winning streak. So much so that I can start thinking about the playoffs.