It was yet another nail-biting encounter in the ongoing IPL 2023 tournament as Gujarat Titans emerged victorious against Punjab Kings in a last-over thriller. Rahul Tewatia played a crucial role in securing the win for his team with a calm and composed display in the final moments of the game. The Titans had earlier put up an impressive performance with the ball, restricting the Kings to a modest total of 153 for 8 on a decent batting surface in Mohali. The bowlers, led by their skipper Hardik Pandya, put on an all-round show to keep the opposition in check.
Chasing a target of 154, the Titans were cruising comfortably with Shubman Gill leading the way with a classy 67 off just 49 deliveries. However, things took a dramatic turn when Arshdeep Singh bowled a brilliant penultimate over, conceding just six runs and putting the pressure back on the Titans.
With 7 runs required off the final over, Sam Curran bowled a perfect yorker to dismiss Gill off the second delivery, leaving the Titans needing six runs off four balls. The game was in the balance, and it took nerves of steel for Tewatia to hold his own and guide his team over the finish line.
With four runs needed off the final two balls, Tewatia pulled off a remarkable scoop shot over the fine leg off Curran’s bowling to secure a six-wicket victory for the Titans. It was a fitting end to a thrilling game of cricket, and Tewatia once again proved his worth as a reliable finisher and a calm-headed player under pressure.
With this win, Gujarat Giants have swapped places with Kolkata Knight Riders. GT are at the 3rd spot while KKR are at the 4th spot. Punjab Kings have managed to stay at their 6th spot.
Here’s the updated points table after PBKS vs GT Game 18:
|2.||Lucknow Super Giants||4||3||1||0||6||+1.048|
|4.||Kolkata Knight Riders||3||2||1||0||4||+1.375|
|5.||Chennai Super Kings||4||2||1||0||4||+0.225|
|7.||Royal Challengers Bangalore||3||1||2||0||2||-0.800|
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