In match 48 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Punjab Kings (PBKS) comfortably defeated Gujarat Titans (GT) by eight wickets on Tuesday.
Chasing the paltry target of 144, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa took the game away from PBKS by forming a crucial 87-run stand for the second wicket. Rajapaksa was outdone by Lockie Ferguson for 40, but Dhawan kept his end alive and smashed another half-century of the season.
Dhawan stayed undefeated on 62 off 53 balls with the help of nine boundaries. Liam Livingstone played a quickfire 10-ball 30 run knock as PBKS successfully chased down the target with four overs to spare and eight wickets in hand.
Earlier, an excellent bowling display by PBKS helped them restrict Gujarat at a below-par score of 143/8 in 20 overs. Pacer Kagiso Rabada picked up a brilliant four-wicket haul for 33 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
Youngster Sai Sudharsan was the only batter who was able to stand tall against a quality bowling attack of PBKS. Sudharsan remained unbeaten at 65 from 50 deliveries, including five fours and a six.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
𝑆𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑘 𝑡𝑜𝑜𝑡𝑎 ℎ𝑎𝑖 𝑡𝑜ℎ 𝑑𝑖𝑙 𝑘𝑎𝑏ℎ𝑖 𝑗𝑎𝑙𝑡𝑎 ℎ𝑎𝑖… pic.twitter.com/RKBIfMX8Ix
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) May 3, 2022
Bowled to the perfection first up & finished the game in a hurry to get a jump on run rate 👏 #PunjabKings
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 3, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) May 3, 2022
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) May 3, 2022
𝐌𝐚𝐣𝐣𝐚 𝐚𝐚𝐯𝐢 𝐠𝐚𝐲𝐢 🕺🏻🕺🏻🕺🏻
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) May 3, 2022
Opening with Bairstow is a good move and will give returns in the long run. Also good of PBKS to stick with Bhanuka @ 3. This looks a good combination. And I'm sure Mayank won't mind demoting himself as long as they win. #GTvPBKS #IPL2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 3, 2022
Clinical win for PBKS to beat the table toppers Gujarat Titans. Looked in total control from the beginning. Hopefully a bit more consistency from PBKS
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) May 3, 2022
GT – 16 points
LSG – 14 points
RR – 12 points
SRH – 10 points
PBKS – 10 points
RCB – 10 points
DC – 8 points
KKR – 8 points
CSK – 6 points
MI – 2 points
That 3rd and 4th spot is heating up in IPL 2022.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 3, 2022
Livingstone has reached that level where he has people putting the TV on even when the equation is 20 needed 30. Must watch SUPERSTAR
— Dave (@CricketDave27) May 3, 2022
💪🏏 ATTACK ON THE TITANS! Punjab Kings have defeated the Gujarat Titans in a convincing fashion and move up the points table. They are now placed 5️⃣th with this victory!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) May 3, 2022