Mumbai. Gujarat Titans has maintained its best game in IPL. In the 40th match of IPL 2022, the team defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets. This is Gujarat’s 7th win in 8 matches. The team has reached the top of the table with 14 points. At the same time, the Hyderabad team has lost a match after 5 consecutive wins. Rashid got the victory by hitting a six off the last ball. Playing first in the match, Hyderabad scored 195 for 6 wickets. Abhishek Sharma and Aiden Markram scored half-centuries. In reply, Gujarat Titans achieved the target for 5 wickets in 20 overs. Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan batted well.
Chasing the target, Gujarat Titans started very aggressively. Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill added 69 runs for the first wicket in 7.4 overs. Gill made 22 runs off 24 balls and got bowled by Umran Malik. After this, Pandya could not play a big innings. He became the second victim of Umran by scoring 10 runs in 6 balls. He hit 2 fours.
Saha bowled with a half-century
Wriddhiman Saha took the team’s score beyond 100 runs. He scored 68 runs in 38 balls. Hit 11 fours and a six. His wicket too went to fast bowler Umran Malik. After this David Miller and Rahul Teotia took over the team. In the last 5 overs, the team had to score 61 runs and 7 wickets were in hand. In the 16th over, Umran Malik almost confirmed Hyderabad’s victory by taking Miller’s big wicket. Miller scored 17 runs off 19 balls. On the last ball of the over, he bowled Abhinav Manohar on the very first ball. He took 5 wickets for the first time in T20 career.
Had to score 56 runs off 24 balls.
Gujarat Titans had to score 56 runs in 24 balls with 5 wickets remaining. However, Rahul Teotia and Rashid Khan fought till the end. T Natarajan gave 13 runs in the 19th over. Now the team had to score 22 runs in 6 balls. Tewatia hit a brilliant six off the first ball of Marco Yensson. Now 16 runs were needed off 5 balls. Tewatia took a run on the second ball. Rashid hit a six on the third ball. Now 9 runs were to be scored in 3 balls. No run scored on the fourth ball. Hit six again on the 5th ball. Now 3 runs were to be scored in one ball.
Abhishek hit 6 fours and 3 sixes
Earlier, Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and decided to bowl. Abhishek Sharma and Aiden Makram hit half-centuries to take Sunrisers Hyderabad to 190 runs. Abhishek scored 65 runs in 42 balls with the help of 6 fours and 3 sixes while Makram scored 56 runs in 40 balls. He hit 2 fours and 3 sixes. Both also added 96 runs for the third wicket. After this, Shashank Singh scored 25 runs in the last over including 3 sixes to Lockie Ferguson. He remained unbeaten on 25 runs in 6 balls.
Shami gave a double blow
However, Hyderabad did not start well. Captain Kane Williamson was sent to the pavilion by Mohammed Shami. He scored 5 runs in 8 balls. Rahul Tripathi became Shami’s second victim after scoring 16 runs off 10 balls. After this Abhishek and Markram formed a big partnership. But after this, Nicholas Pooran was dismissed for 3 and Washington Sundar scored 3. But Shashank brought the team close to 200 runs. Shami took 3 wickets for 39 runs in 4 overs. Lockie Ferguson and Rashid Khan proved to be expensive. Ferguson gave 52 runs in 4 overs while Rashid gave 45 runs. Both did not even get wickets.