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GT vs PBKS Match 17 Commentary

Results
Match 17, Ahmedabad, April 04, 2024, Indian Premier League, 2024
Punjab Kings beat Gujarat Titans by 3 wickets

Commentary

6:12 PM IST Right then, Punjab pick up a crucial away victory and leapfrog their opponents Gujarat on the points table thanks to a superior net run rate and now, things are starting to get interesting with a lot of teams on similar points. Next up is another big clash between Hyderabad and Chennai in Hyderabad and that will be played on Friday, 5 April at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT). You can join us a lot sooner for the build-up as usual. Until then, take care and cheers!
6:09 PM IST Shashank Singh is the Player of the Match for his match-winning knock. Singh says that his heart is still pounding and you only dream of these things and reality is very different. Adds that he just wanted to see the ball and hit the ball on its merit and goes on to say that the pitch has even bounce and good carry as both teams did well. Mentions that the opposition did have great bowlers but when he goes out to bat, he has to think of himself as the best and back himself. Adds that he has waited for this opportunity and is happy to have done well.
6:09 PM IST Shikhar Dhawan, the captain of Punjab says it was an amazing game and was too close. He says he is delighted with the way the two youngsters finished off the game. He adds that they had a decent Powerplay but then certainly lost the momentum by losing quick wickets in the middle overs. But appreciates Shashank Singh with the way he played and hit those sixes effortlessly. Says it is not too easy to time the ball coming down the order, and further adds that he timed the ball so nicely and at the same time he kept his cool, especially playing after a long wait. He says that he has earned his spot. Also lauds Ashutosh Sharma and says that he played a brilliant cameo along with Shashank.
6:08 PM IST The Presentation ceremony...
6:05 PM IST Earlier in the game, Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and put Gujarat into bat first. It was a decision that was the right one in the end but Gujarat did get off to a solid start even after losing Wriddhiman Saha inside 3 overs. Shubman Gill was fluent and played an anchoring role as the likes of Kane Williamson and Sai Sudharsan came in and garnered a few crucial runs and the latter was pretty quick to get those runs as well. Gill carried on till the end and remained unbeaten on 89 big runs as Rahul Tewatia played a blinder yet again against Punjab and got his side to 199 runs. With the ball, Punjab were mostly erratic with the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Harshal Patel going for runs but Rabada did pick up wickets. Arshdeep Singh and Harpreet Brar were economical which helped a bit. In reply, Punjab went on to record the highest successful chase of the season thanks to a couple of sensational knocks down the order from two young batters.
5:58 PM IST Ashutosh Sharma, one of the stars of the run chase is down for a chat now. Ashutosh says that he would like to thank the Punjab side for believing in him and is ecstatic with his performance in the first game and says that the most important thing is that the team won. Adds that Shikhar Dhawan made him believe in himself and he backed himself to do it and he has done the same in the domestic circuit as well and also goes on to appreciate the work of Sanjay Bangar who gave him the confidence to do well on the big stage. Mentions that back home, he had a word with his former coach and is very happy to have made an impact here.
5:57 PM IST Shubman Gill, the Gujarat skipper is down for a quick chat. On being asked about where the game changed, he says that a couple of catches dropped made the difference. Reckons that the bowlers did a good job but that's the nature of the Indian T20 League, and it keeps throwing such crunch games. He adds the ball was doing well initially and thinks that they had enough on the board. On being asked about giving the final over to Darshan Nalkande, he states that the way he bowled in the previous game, it was a no-brainer to hand over the ball to him. Adds that there will be cricketers who will come and play blinders. Ends up by saying they will come back stronger in the next game.
5:57 PM IST Gujarat will feel they have let one go here and a couple of dropped catches and a few difficult chances here and there were the difference between victory and defeat. The pacers didn't start off well with the ball but Umesh Yadav was able to get the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan pretty early on. However, it was the introduction of Noor Ahmad that turned the game on his head as he bowled brilliantly and the others were able to bowl around him. In the second half of the chase, Mohit Sharma was the pick of the bowlers yet again for Gujarat but the likes of Rashid Khan, Umesh Yadav, and Azmatullah Omarzai were all very expensive and Shubman Gill was forced to introduce a new bowler in the very final over. Darshan Nalkande was given the task of keeping it down to 6 or fewer runs which was always going to be very difficult and Gujarat went on to lose their second game.
5:50 PM IST 200 needed for the win and their talismanic skipper Shikhar Dhawan fell early. Jonny Bairstow and Prabhsimran Singh then took the attack to the opposition but neither could convert it into a big score. Punjab were in all sorts of trouble at 70/4 inside 9 overs and went on to lose another wicket inside 13 overs. Shashank Singh then started to fire and had Jitesh Sharma for company but the latter and the more experienced batter got out just when he started to fire. Then came in the Impact Player in the form of Ashutosh Sharma and to hold this substitution for such a long while turned out to be the telling factor. Singh launched an onslaught and went on to score his maiden Fifty and with the game almost in the bag, Ashutosh got out off the first delivery of the final over after a stunning cameo, testing the nerves of the team. With 5 needed, Singh got that deserved slice of luck as the ball went flying off the outside edge and they were able to seal the deal on the next delivery.
5:45 PM IST ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS! What a game and what a win here for Punjab! A couple of newbies to the biggest stage have pulled them out of the abyss and have taken them to a crucial win. Ashutosh Sharma was brilliant but it was Shashank Singh who was the real hero of this unlikely run chase. Punjab now become the team with the most 200 or more scores chased down in the tournament's history as well.
End of over 19.57 runs
PBKS: 200/7CRR: 10.08
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19.5

Darshan Nalkande to Shashank Singh, 1 run

PUNJAB WIN A FAMOUS GAME HERE AT AHMEDABAD, and it has been the two youngsters who have turned the tables for them absolutely out of nowhere! On a fuller length, sliding down the leg stump line, Shashank Singh misses to flick it away and the ball brushes off his pads before trickling down to short fine. They take a leg bye and that will do it for Punjab. A review though, has been taken by Gujarat for LBW in their final resort. UltraEdge shows that the ball has clearly passed through the bat with no scratch, and the Ball Tracker confirms two greens as the ball misses to hit the stumps and also, the impact is outside leg. Punjab register their second win of the season and execute a huge upset against Gujarat in their backyard. Also, this has been the highest successful run chase in this edition of the Indian T20 League.

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19.4

Darshan Nalkande to Shashank Singh, 4 runs

EDGED AND FOUR! SCORES LEVEL! Punjab will take it with open arms.  On a shade fuller length attacking the stumps, Shashank Singh swings the bat wildly to flick it over the leg side, but it catches the leading edge that flies over short third for a boundary. What an absolute turnover this has been, courtesy of the two youngsters.

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19.3

Darshan Nalkande to Harpreet Brar, 1 run

Slower one, on the back of a length, Harpreet Brar pulls it to deep square leg for a single. 5 off 3. Tighten your seatbelts, folks. This is going down to the wire.

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19.2

Darshan Nalkande to Harpreet Brar, no run

Oh, no! Another extra! Would you believe it? Wriddhiman Saha thinks otherwise and challenges the Umpire's decision. Nalkande bowls it short in length, on the leg stump line, Harpreet Brar arches back underneath the ball with his bat in the air. The ball carries to the keeper and the Umpire stretches it to signal it as a Wide. Replays come in from a couple of angles and the split-screen shows that it's not going over Brar's head. A fantastic review by Wriddhiman Saha as the on-field decision has been overturned now.  But more importantly, a crucial dot delivery for Gujarat.

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19.2

Darshan Nalkande to Harpreet Brar, 1 run

WIDE! Oh, dear! Too short, over the top of the southpaw's head. Harpreet Brar fails to ramp it away and the Umpire signals for a Wide. Just 6 needed off the 5 legal deliveries now.

5:36 PM IST Harpreet Brar walks out to bat now.
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19.1

Darshan Nalkande to Ashutosh Sharma, no run

OUT! TAKEN! What a sea-saw of emotions here for the fans! Darshan Nalkande bowls a slower one on the back of a length, Ashutosh Sharma hits it uppishly with the bottom half of the hand and the ball dollies straight into the safe hands of Rashid Khan who is patrolling the long on boundary. He doesn't move an inch and takes an absolute sitter of a catch. Another twist in the story here. But what a scintillating knock from Ashutosh Sharma as he has provided a glimmer of hope for his team out of nowhere.

5:34 PM IST 7 needed off the final over. Umesh Yadav has one over remaining but he has been pretty expensive and Shubman Gill has a couple of unused bowlers as well. Surely he goes for Umesh here, right? No, Darshan Nalkande has been handed the ball and what a situation he finds himself in. Can he defend 6 runs and be the hero for his side?
End of over 1918 runs
PBKS: 193/6CRR: 10.16RRR: 7
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18.6

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, 6 runs

SIX! He clears the ropes and this just might be the game for Punjab! Short in length, and outside off, Shashank Singh shuffles across off a bit and stands tall before dragging it into the stands behind deep mid-wicket for a biggie. Last over remaining now and Punjab are just 7 runs away from a thrilling win.

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18.5

Mohit Sharma to Ashutosh Sharma, 1 run

On the back of a length outside off, Ashutosh Sharma lofts it over covers for just a single.

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18.4

Mohit Sharma to Ashutosh Sharma, 2 runs

Fires in right on the pads in an attempt to york it, Ashutosh Sharma shuffles way across off but fails to connect it and rolls it to deep square leg for two leg byes.

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18.3

Mohit Sharma to Ashutosh Sharma, 2 runs

In the air...just short! Slower one again on the top of off, Ashutosh Sharma pulls it aerially over mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 16 off 9 needed now.

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18.2

Mohit Sharma to Ashutosh Sharma, 6 runs

SIX! Oh, what a cracking shot! Ashutosh Sharma is playing an absolute blinder as an Impact sub here. Slower back-of-the-hand ball outside off on a length, Ashutosh Sharma waits for it and drags it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. He is making a real impact here.

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18.1

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, 1 run

A low full toss to start with on the stumps, Shashank Singh flicks it to widish long on where Vijay Shankar swoops in and just allows them to taken a single.

End of over 1816 runs
PBKS: 175/6CRR: 9.72RRR: 12.50
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17.6

Azmatullah Omarzai to Ashutosh Sharma, 4 runs

FOUR! Crucial four this! Short and on off, Ashutosh Sharma swivels hard and top edges it over short fine for a boundary. 25 needed off the last couple of overs.

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17.5

Azmatullah Omarzai to Ashutosh Sharma, 2 runs

Another attempt for the catch but puts it down. A good effort though by Sai Sudharsan. Length ball outside off, Ashutosh Sharma launches it high down the ground with no real timing on it. Sai Sudharsan runs forward from long off and puts in a dive ahead but fails to hold onto the ball as he falls. Two taken.

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17.4

Azmatullah Omarzai to Shashank Singh, 1 run

Fifty for Shashank Singh! An innings of absolute nerves of steel from him. A low full toss on the off stump line, Shashank Singh squeezes it to the off side and gets a single.

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17.3

Azmatullah Omarzai to Ashutosh Sharma, 1 run

On the off stump line on a length, Ashutosh Sharma swings hard at it but gets it off the toe-end toward long on for a single. 32 off 15 required now.

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17.2

Azmatullah Omarzai to Ashutosh Sharma, 4 runs

FOUR! Clever and innovative! Poor short delivery on the top of the middle, Ashutosh Sharma climbs on the bounce and ramps it over the keeper's head for a boundary on a couple of bounces.

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17.1

Azmatullah Omarzai to Ashutosh Sharma, 4 runs

FOUR! Oh, hello! Outside off on a shade fuller length, Ashutosh Sharma detects the line and shuffles outside off before ramping it over square leg for a boundary.

End of over 176 runs
PBKS: 159/6CRR: 9.35RRR: 13.66
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16.6

Mohit Sharma to Ashutosh Sharma, 1 run

Another good variation from Mohit as he bowls a slower one on a length, just around off, Ashutosh Sharma mistimes his pull uppishly but it lands safe in the no man's land somewhere in the front of deep mid-wicket. Just a single taken. 41 needed off the last 3 overs now. What a superb over from Mohit Sharma as he concedes just 6 off it.

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16.5

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, 1 run

Slower one this time on a length outside off, Shashank Singh punches it to deep point for one.

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16.4

Mohit Sharma to Ashutosh Sharma, 1 run

On a hard length, outside off, Ashutosh Sharma chops it to point for a quick single.

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16.3

Mohit Sharma to Ashutosh Sharma, 2 runs

DROPPED! Oh, dear! Umesh Yadav is having a really hard time in the field tonight, first with the ball and now with this drop! Mohit bowls on the back of a length on off, Ashutosh Sharma swipes across uppishly with no real foot movement. The ball swirls up in the air towards deep mid-wicket where Umesh Yadav runs to his left and dives to take the catch but he fails to hang on it on the momentum. Two were taken in the meantime.

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16.2

Mohit Sharma to Ashutosh Sharma, no run

Short and on the stump line, Ashutosh Sharma looks to ramp it over but fails to connect.

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16.1

Mohit Sharma to Ashutosh Sharma, 1 run

Begins with a quicker one on the length around off, Ashutosh Sharma pulls it with no real timing on it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Oh, wait, the Umpire has called for a short run here. So just a single then.

End of over 1615 runs
PBKS: 153/6CRR: 9.56RRR: 11.75
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15.6

Rashid Khan to Ashutosh Sharma, 1 run

On a flatter trajectory on off, Ashutosh Sharma nudges it to deep square leg for just one. End of a successful over for Gujarat. Punjab need 47 off the last 24 deliveries.

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15.5

Rashid Khan to Shashank Singh, 1 run

A googly on offer this time on a length, Shashank Singh looks to tuck it away off the back foot but it takes a brush off his pad instead toward short fine. They cross for a leg bye.

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15.4

Rashid Khan to Ashutosh Sharma, 1 run

Full in length on off, Ashutosh Sharma leans ahead and looks to drive but slices the ball off the thickish outside edge to short third for a single.

5:13 PM IST Strategic break! Well, well, what a partnership this was turning out to be for Punjab but somehow Rashid Khan has picked up a wicket and Punjab are once again put on the back foot. However, Shashank Singh is still out there and is seeing the ball like a football. Punjab will in all likelihood use the Impact Player option and bring on an extra batter now but Gujarat do have a couple of overs of Mohit Sharma up their sleeve. This looks to be heading write down to the wire. And with that said, Ashutosh Sharma does come in as the Impact Player for Punjab, replacing Arshdeep Singh.
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15.3

Rashid Khan to Jitesh Sharma, no run

OUT! TAKEN! Rashid Khan gets his man this time and Jitesh Sharma is in disarray after striking two consecutive sixes. A poor delivery again on offer, there to be hit. On a fuller length, right into the arc of the batter. Jitesh Sharma shuffles across a bit, and again goes for a slog hit over the deep mid-wicket region but he tries to hit it a bit too hard and ends up losing his shape totally in this process, which results in the mistiming of the shot straight towards Darshan Nalkande in the deep. Rashid Khan, the mystery man does the trick and finally gets a wicket here. Another twist in the tale in this contest.

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15.2

Rashid Khan to Jitesh Sharma, 6 runs

SIX! What a run chase this has been so far! Two in two for Jitesh! On the fuller length on the stumps, Jitesh Sharma slogs it over deep mid-wicket for half a dozen. This game is far from being over.

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15.1

Rashid Khan to Jitesh Sharma, 6 runs

SIX! Jitesh joins the party now! Rashid lands it on off and on a length, Jitesh Sharma stands tall and slaps it over the bowler's head for a maximum.

End of over 157 runs
PBKS: 138/5CRR: 9.20RRR: 12.40
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14.6

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, no run

Cleverly bowled! Shashank Singh pre-meditates a bit and comes down the pitch, Mohit Sharma sees this and takes pace off, bowling it wide of the off stump as well. Singh goes through with the shot and gets an inside edge that goes just past the stumps and to the keeper.

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14.5

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, 2 runs

Good length angled into middle, Shashank Singh shimmies across to the off side and whips it away in between long on and deep mid-wicket for a couple of more runs. Moves on to 48 from 21 balls.

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14.4

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, 4 runs

FOUR! Up and over! Hard length around off stump, Shashank Singh holds his shape brilliantly and lifts it with a high elbow over the mid off fielder for a boundary.

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14.3

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, no run

Well disguised by Mohit Sharma and just one run so far in this over. Dug in halfway down the track, around off and it is the slower one. Shashank Singh attempts the ramp but is well beaten.

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14.2

Mohit Sharma to Jitesh Sharma, 1 run

Pitches this one up at the stumps, Jitesh Sharma goes for the heave but ends up mistiming it much squarer to deep mid-wicket for a single.

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14.1

Mohit Sharma to Jitesh Sharma, no run

A quick bumper this outside off and around head height, Jitesh Sharma watches it well and decides to let it go.

End of over 1412 runs
PBKS: 131/5CRR: 9.36RRR: 11.50
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13.6

Rashid Khan to Shashank Singh, 6 runs

SIX! Shashank Singh is playing a blinder here! Too full and on the pads, Singh gets down on one knee and slog-sweeps it away over deep square leg for a biggie.

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13.5

Rashid Khan to Jitesh Sharma, 1 run

On a dragged length over middle, Jitesh Sharma looks to pull off the back foot but gets it high on the bat and towards wide long on for just a single.

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13.4

Rashid Khan to Shashank Singh, 1 run

Floats it up a bit, full and outside off, Shashank Singh goes for the slog-sweep and gets a top edge that lobs well in front of short third for a single.

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13.3

Rashid Khan to Shashank Singh, 2 runs

Another brilliant effort in the deep and it is Azmatullah Omarzai this time who saves two runs for his side. Slightly shorter and around off, Shashank Singh gets deep in the crease and muscles the ball away between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket for a brace.

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13.2

Rashid Khan to Jitesh Sharma, 1 run

Very full and outside off stump, Jitesh Sharma drives it on the full and gets it through extra cover for a single.

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13.1

Rashid Khan to Shashank Singh, 1 run

Leg bye! Brings out the googly and bowls it on a good length on middle and leg, Shashank Singh misses the flick and the ball goes off the thigh pad behind square on the leg side. They get a leg bye.

5:02 PM IST Rashid Khan (2-0-15-0) is back into the attack.
End of over 139 runs
PBKS: 119/5CRR: 9.15RRR: 11.57
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12.6

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, 1 run

Pitches it up on the fifth stump line, Shashank Singh drives it on the up and square through cover-point for a single. 81 needed now off 42 balls.

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12.5

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, 4 runs

FOUR! Cheeky and skillful from Shashank Singh! Another bumper, this time around off, Singh watches it closely and just leans a bit to ramp it over the keeper for a boundary.

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12.4

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, 2 runs

Fractionally short and on the hips, Shashank Singh flicks it off the legs and well wide of fine leg but Noor Ahmad covers good ground to his left and manages to pull the back in, saving a couple of runs for his side as well.

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12.3

Mohit Sharma to Jitesh Sharma, 1 run

Effort delivery as Mohit Sharma grunts and bangs in a surprise bumper right around the helmet. Jitesh Sharma is taken aback and doesn't control the pull but gets it down to fine leg for a single.

4:59 PM IST Jitesh Sharma is in at number 7 as half of the Punjab side is back to the sheds.
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12.2

Mohit Sharma to Sikandar Raza, no run

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! An instant impact from Gujarat's talisman with the ball and Sikandar Raza is sent packing. That classic back-of-the-hand slower ball, bowled on a hard length and outside off. Raza charges down the track and looks to swing across the line but only gets an outside edge through to the keeper and Wriddhiman Saha makes no mistake with the gloves on.  Punjab are now 5 down.

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12.1

Mohit Sharma to Shashank Singh, 1 run

Back of a length to start with and bowled outside off, Shashank Singh stays back and dabs it down to short third for a quick single.

4:57 PM IST And there he is, Mohit Sharma is finally given the ball.
End of over 1210 runs
PBKS: 110/4CRR: 9.17RRR: 11.25
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11.6

Noor Ahmad to Sikandar Raza, 2 runs

Nicely played and good running too! Pulls the length back and bowls it around leg stump, Sikandar Raza stays back and nudges it through the gap at mid-wicket for a brace.

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11.5

Noor Ahmad to Shashank Singh, 1 run

Leg bye! Flatter and fuller on the legs, Shashank Singh misses the sweep and the ball goes off the pads to short fine leg for a leg bye.

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11.4

Noor Ahmad to Shashank Singh, 4 runs

FOUR! Shashank Singh is turning the tide here! Fractionally short and outside off, Singh stays deep in the crease and muscles the pull well in front of mid-wicket for a boundary.

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11.3

Noor Ahmad to Shashank Singh, no run

On a dragged length around off and going away, Shashank Singh watchfully taps it to point.

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11.2

Noor Ahmad to Sikandar Raza, 1 run

Short on middle and leg, pulled away off the back foot to deep mid-wicket for just a single as Darshan Nalkande is quick to get to the ball in the deep.

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11.1

Noor Ahmad to Sikandar Raza, 2 runs

Slightly shorter on middle, Sikandar Raza plays it away through the mid-wicket region and picks up a couple of runs.

4:54 PM IST Still no introduction of Mohit Sharma. Noor Ahmad to bowl his final over.
End of over 1117 runs
PBKS: 100/4CRR: 9.09RRR: 11.11
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10.6

Umesh Yadav to Shashank Singh, 4 runs

FOUR! Steaky this time but will do nicely! Banged in short and outside off, Shashank Singh goes hard at it and gets a thick outside edge that runs down to third man for a boundary.

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10.5

Umesh Yadav to Shashank Singh, 6 runs

SIX! This is aggressive from Shashank Singh! Umesh Yadav bangs in a short ball over middle and leg, Singh gets inside the line and manages to angle the pull over deep fine leg for a maximum.

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10.4

Umesh Yadav to Shashank Singh, 4 runs

FOUR! Shot! Short and outside off, Shashank Singh gets on top of the bounce and slaps it away hard to the left of deep point for a boundary.

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10.3

Umesh Yadav to Sikandar Raza, 1 run

DROPPED! Azmatullah Omarzai hesitated for a split second and that cost him dearly. Back of a length and outside off, Sikandar Raza tries to loft it away and ends up slicing it over the point region. Omarzai comes charging in but breaks his stride and has to dive it but can't hang on it. Just the single taken.

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10.2

Umesh Yadav to Sikandar Raza, 2 runs

Nearly one of the catches of the tournament but it doesn't stick! Hard length around off, Sikandar Raza gets across the off stump and whips it away flat to the right of short fine leg where Noor Ahmad flies to his right and sticks out a weaker right hand but the ball bursts through and Darshan Nalkande dives in at the fence to keep it down to two.

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10.1

Umesh Yadav to Sikandar Raza, no run

Play and a miss! Umesh Yadav steams in and digs it in short outside the line of off stump. Sikandar Raza looks to uppercut it away but there's too much heat on the ball.

End of over 1010 runs
PBKS: 83/4CRR: 8.30RRR: 11.70
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9.6

Noor Ahmad to Shashank Singh, no run

Flatter and quicker on the middle, Shashank Singh punches it back to the bowler to end the over. Halfway through and Punjab still need 117 to win off the last 60 deliveries.

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9.5

Noor Ahmad to Shashank Singh, 6 runs

SIX! What a cracking shot! Full in the line of the woods, Shashank Singh skips down to the pitch of the ball and slaps it over the bowler's head for a biggie.

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9.4

Noor Ahmad to Shashank Singh, no run

An appeal for LBW but the umpire remains unmoved. Shubman Gill chats briefly with Noor and challenges the decision to go upstairs. Noor Ahmad again continues to ball the googly in the line of the stumps on a shade fuller length, Shashank Singh gets ahead to block it off but he plays over the line of the ball and it pings his front pad sneaking past his inside edge. UltraEdge shows no bat is involved when the ball passes through the bat. Ball Tracker shows that the ball is pitching in the line of the stumps but misses the off stump by an inch. The on-field decision stays and Gujarat lose a review here.

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9.4

Noor Ahmad to Shashank Singh, 1 run

WIDE! Down the leg side on a fuller length, Shashank Singh fails to connect. Wide given.

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9.3

Noor Ahmad to Sikandar Raza, 1 run

Full, on the pads, Sikandar Raza sweeps it to deep square leg for one.

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9.2

Noor Ahmad to Sikandar Raza, no run

WHISKER! How has that missed the stumps? Deceives the batter with a beautiful wrong'un on off, Sikandar Raza plays it inside the line of the ball and gets beaten on the outside edge. Also, the ball misses the off stump by just a few centimeters.

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9.1

Noor Ahmad to Sikandar Raza, 2 runs

Slides it on the middle stump on a fuller length, Sikandar Raza sweeps it through square leg for a couple of runs. Azmatullah Omarzai does well in the deep to chase it down.

End of over 95 runs
PBKS: 73/4CRR: 8.11RRR: 11.54
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8.6

Azmatullah Omarzai to Sikandar Raza, 1 run

Hits the deck hard at 139.1 clicks, outside off, Sikandar Raza punches it solidly through covers for a single to end the over.

1
8.6

Azmatullah Omarzai to Sikandar Raza, 1 run

WIDE! Way to short and angling down leg. Wide given as Sikandar Raza ducks underneath it.

1
8.5

Azmatullah Omarzai to Shashank Singh, 1 run

Length ball outside off, Shashank Singh punches it to long on for one.

4:41 PM IST Shashank Singh is the new man in.
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8.4

Azmatullah Omarzai to Sam Curran, no run

OUT! TAKEN! He couldn't have timed it better but the placement was not good. Sam Curran is absolutely dejected and understandably so. Azmatullah Omarzai bangs it into the pitch on the off stump line, Sam Curran is quick to detect the length and pulls it hard but straight into the hands of Kane Williamson at mid-wicket. Sam Curran walks back to the sheds on 5 and Punjab are really in a big trouble here, and Gujarat are in the control now.

1
8.3

Azmatullah Omarzai to Sikandar Raza, 1 run

Cannons it on the pads, on the back of a length, Sikandar Raza misses to flick and gets it off the pads to the square leg region. They take a leg bye.

0
8.2

Azmatullah Omarzai to Sikandar Raza, no run

Short in length, on the pads, Sikandar Raza hops back and tucks it to mid-wicket.

1
8.1

Azmatullah Omarzai to Sam Curran, 1 run

Slants it on the back of a length, outside off, Sam Curran cuts it hard but Vijay Shankar at point dives to perfection to his right and stops the ball saving a certain boundary. A single taken.

End of over 87 runs
PBKS: 68/3CRR: 8.50RRR: 11
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7.6

Noor Ahmad to Sikandar Raza, no run

Slower through the air on the middle stump line, and fuller in length, Sikandar Raza gets ahead to block it off and inside edges it to the square leg region to end the over. Another successful over from Noor Ahmad comes to an end.

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7.5

Noor Ahmad to Sam Curran, 1 run

A slider on the off stump line, Sam Curran rocks back quickly and punches it to long on along the ground for a single.

1
7.4

Noor Ahmad to Sikandar Raza, 1 run

Length ball on the pads, Sikandar Raza sweeps again to deep fine leg and gets a single this time.

2
7.3

Noor Ahmad to Sikandar Raza, 2 runs

Full, and in front of the woods, Sikandar Raza sits down on his knee and sweeps it fine towards deep fine leg for a couple of runs.

4:33 PM IST Strategic break! Punjab have tried to be aggressive but have now lost their top three batters and will have to rebuild in the middle phase. Noor Ahmad has been brilliant so far and has picked up a couple of crucial wickets to put Gujarat in command of the game. Let's see which side will have a better middle phase. With that said, Sikandar Raza walks out to bat.
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7.2

Noor Ahmad to Prabhsimran Singh, no run

OUT! TAKEN! Noor Ahmad provides another crucial wicket off a beauty of a delivery! Punjab are 3 down now and in a bit of trouble. Noor takes the pace off from the ball and provides the air to slide the googly on the off and middle stump line, keeps the length full. Prabhsimran Singh gets a bit greedy seeing the ball in the arc, and tries to hit it over the leg side, but he is way too early on the shot and gets a top edge that flies straight to the throat of Mohit Sharma stationed at point, and takes a simple catch. Prabhsimran Singh departs on 35 and Noor Ahmad has sent back both the well-set batters into the sheds just in the span of two overs now. Gujarat strike a comeback in the contest.

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7.1

Noor Ahmad to Sam Curran, 1 run

Short and outside off, Curran punches it to covers for a single.

2
7.1

Noor Ahmad to Prabhsimran Singh, 2 runs

Two Wides! Wriddhiman Saha misses to stop but Kane Williamson dives in and saves runs. Spills it down leg, Prabhsimran Singh misses to flick and Saha too, fails to grab. They cross for a single.

End of over 77 runs
PBKS: 61/2CRR: 8.71RRR: 10.69
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6.6

Rashid Khan to Prabhsimran Singh, 1 run

A shade full in length from Rashid on the middle, Prabhsimran Singh steers it to deep mid-wicket for a single to end the over.

1
6.5

Rashid Khan to Sam Curran, 1 run

Quicker at 93 clicks on the stumps, Sam Curran looks to drive but only gets an inside edge that rolls to short fine. They cross for one.

0
6.4

Rashid Khan to Sam Curran, no run

A wrong'un sliding outside off on a length, Sam Curran backs away and punches it to the off side.

1
6.3

Rashid Khan to Prabhsimran Singh, 1 run

On a flatter trajectory on off, Prabhsimran Singh swivels and pulls to deep mid-wicket for one.

4
6.2

Rashid Khan to Prabhsimran Singh, 4 runs

FOUR! Slogged away! Rashid lands it right in the arc on a fuller length, Prabhsimran Singh anticipates the length early and slogs it over mid on for a boundary.

0
6.1

Rashid Khan to Prabhsimran Singh, no run

Quicker on a length, Prabhsimran Singh plays and misses on the outside edge.

End of over 66 runs
PBKS: 54/2CRR: 9.00RRR: 10.42
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5.6

Noor Ahmad to Sam Curran, no run

Oh, a brutal wrong'un, spinning back into the southpaw. Sam Curran negotiates it well by backing away and blocking it off the back foot. End of the Powerplay and Punjab are 54/2.

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5.5

Noor Ahmad to Prabhsimran Singh, 1 run

On the dragged length aiming the pads, Prabhsimran Singh tucks it to deep square leg for a single.

4
5.4

Noor Ahmad to Prabhsimran Singh, 4 runs

FOUR! Clever, clever from the youngster. Noor lands it a bit overpitched but down the leg stump line, Prabhsimran Singh sits on his knee and guides the ball with a sweep shot through the short fine for a boundary.

0
5.3

Noor Ahmad to Prabhsimran Singh, no run

Flat and quick outside off, Prabhsimran Singh plays it to mid off.

1
5.2

Noor Ahmad to Sam Curran, 1 run

Full in length, slow in the air, drifting on off, Sam Curran flicks it to deep square leg for a single.

4:24 PM IST Sam Curran is the new man in.
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5.1

Noor Ahmad to Jonny Bairstow, no run

OUT! BOWLED'EM! Noor Ahmad bowls an absolute ripper of a delivery and dismisses the dangerous-looking Jonny Bairstow on the very first ball! Noor Ahmad provides the air and lands this wrong'un on the leg and middle channel that turns back sharply. Jonny Bairstow plants his front foot with a straight bat but plays all over the line and it creates a huge gap between the pad and the bat. The ball sneaks through and breaks into the stumps. Gujarat get their second wicket.

4:22 PM IST Spin from both ends as Noor Ahmad is into the attack.
End of over 59 runs
PBKS: 48/1CRR: 9.60RRR: 10.13
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4.6

Rashid Khan to Prabhsimran Singh, no run

Quicker one, bowled full and on the pads, Prabhsimran Singh gets hurried on and misses the sweep, getting hit on the pads.

0
4.5

Rashid Khan to Prabhsimran Singh, no run

Shortens the length and bowls it around off, Prabhsimran Singh gets it off the toe end of the bat to backward point.

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4.4

Rashid Khan to Prabhsimran Singh, 4 runs

FOUR! Excellent shot! Flatter and quicker on middle and leg, Prabhsimran Singh is quick to make room and he cuts this one away through the point region for a boundary.

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4.3

Rashid Khan to Prabhsimran Singh, 2 runs

Keeps bowling it short and a bit too straight, Prabhsimran Singh sweeps it away behind square leg and picks up a couple of runs.

1
4.2

Rashid Khan to Jonny Bairstow, 1 run

Good running! On the shorter side and sliding quickly onto the pads, Jonny Bairstow fails to flick it away and the ball goes off the pads to backward square leg. They pick up a leg bye.

2
4.1

Rashid Khan to Jonny Bairstow, 2 runs

Begins with a wrong'un that slides on from middle stump, Jonny Bairstow presses back and works it away through the mid-wicket region for a couple of quick runs.

4:19 PM IST Time for some spin as Rashid Khan is given the ball now.
End of over 412 runs
PBKS: 39/1CRR: 9.75RRR: 10.06
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3.6

Umesh Yadav to Jonny Bairstow, 1 run

Back of a length and close to the off stump, Jonny Bairstow looks to guide it away and almost gets chopped on as the ball goes off the inside edge and past the stumps towards short fine leg. They get a single.

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3.5

Umesh Yadav to Prabhsimran Singh, 1 run

Good effort in the deep from Darshan Nalkande as the ball was really travelling there. Banged in well short and at the body, Prabhsimran Singh whips the pull to the right of deep square leg for just a single.

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3.4

Umesh Yadav to Prabhsimran Singh, no run

Shortens the length even further and bowls it outside off, Prabhsimran Singh hops and dabs it down to point.

4
3.3

Umesh Yadav to Prabhsimran Singh, 4 runs

FOUR! That was dismissive from Prabhsimran Singh! Back of a length and around off stump, Singh comes down the pitch and flat-bats the shot right back over the bowler's head for a boundary.

0
3.2

Umesh Yadav to Prabhsimran Singh, no run

Short and a bit wide, Prabhsimran Singh slaps it away firmly but picks out the man at cover perfectly.

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3.1

Umesh Yadav to Prabhsimran Singh, 6 runs

SIX! Flicked all the way for a maximum! Good length on the legs, Prabhsimran Singh picks it well and shovels it over the square leg fence for a maximum.

End of over 38 runs
PBKS: 27/1CRR: 9.00RRR: 10.17
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2.6

Azmatullah Omarzai to Prabhsimran Singh, 1 run

Had that hit, Prabhsimran Singh would have been in trouble! Banged in short over the stumps, Singh tries to be aggressive by coming down the track and miscues the pull straight to mid on before setting off for the single. Mohit Sharma has a shy at the bowler's end but misses and Singh survives.

1
2.5

Azmatullah Omarzai to Jonny Bairstow, 1 run

Hard length around the top of off and middle, Jonny Bairstow stays put and tucks it away in front of square on the leg side for one more.

1
2.4

Azmatullah Omarzai to Prabhsimran Singh, 1 run

Pitches this one up and angles it into the pads at 139 clicks, Prabhsimran Singh whips it aerially down to deep square leg and turns the strike over.

0
2.3

Azmatullah Omarzai to Prabhsimran Singh, no run

Bowled back of a length and around off, Prabhsimran Singh stands tall and plays it back to the bowler.

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2.2

Azmatullah Omarzai to Jonny Bairstow, 1 run

Good comeback delivery as this is dug in a bit and around off, Jonny Bairstow almost ends up running past it and lobs it off the outside edge over backward point for a single.

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2.1

Azmatullah Omarzai to Jonny Bairstow, 4 runs

FOUR! Hammered away! Full and outside off stump, Jonny Bairstow gets on the front foot and drives it through extra cover for a boundary.

End of over 26 runs
PBKS: 19/1CRR: 9.50RRR: 10.05
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1.6

Umesh Yadav to Prabhsimran Singh, 4 runs

FOUR! Bludgeoned to the fence! Short of a length and over off stump, Prabhsimran Singh backs away a bit and forces the pull between mid on and mid-wicket for a boundary.

0
1.5

Umesh Yadav to Prabhsimran Singh, no run

Hard length around off stump, just nipping away a touch, Prabhsimran Singh looks to hang back and punch it away but one hand comes off the handle and the ball gets pushed straight to covers.

0
1.4

Umesh Yadav to Prabhsimran Singh, no run

Drags the length back and gets it to straighten from middle stump, Prabhsimran Singh gets behind the line and makes the block.

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1.3

Umesh Yadav to Jonny Bairstow, 1 run

Pitched up around middle, Jonny Bairstow with half a push at it and gets it just past the diving bowler to his right and sets off for the single. Prabhsimran Singh is a bit slow to respond to the call but they make it across.

1
1.2

Umesh Yadav to Prabhsimran Singh, 1 run

Length ball on leg stump, trying to swing it away, Prabhsimran Singh flicks it away stylishly and wide of deep fine for a single.

4:05 PM IST Prabhsimran Singh is in at number 3.
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1.1

Umesh Yadav to Shikhar Dhawan, no run

OUT! CHOPPED ON! Loose, too loose from Shikhar Dhawan, and Umesh Yadav picks up a big wicket off his very first delivery. Starts with a short and wide one from over the wicket and it is there to be hit. Dhawan's eyes light up and he looks to cut it away but his feet don't go anywhere and he ends up getting a thick inside edge as the ball goes back into the stumps. Gujarat get the early wicket they wanted. The skipper, and the man in-form for Punjab walks back to the sheds on a cheap score.

4:03 PM IST Umesh Yadav to operate from the other end.
End of over 113 runs
PBKS: 13/0CRR: 13.00RRR: 9.84
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0.6

Azmatullah Omarzai to Jonny Bairstow, no run

Angling down leg! Full again but much straighter and shaping back in, Jonny Bairstow plays all over it and gets hit on the pads.

4
0.5

Azmatullah Omarzai to Jonny Bairstow, 4 runs

FOUR! Not perfectly timed but timed well enough! Fuller in length and brighter on off stump, Jonny Bairstow forces the drive through covers and beats a chasing Rashid Khan to pick up four more runs.

4
0.4

Azmatullah Omarzai to Jonny Bairstow, 4 runs

FOUR! Quality stroke from Jonny Bairstow this time. Just a tad full and wide, shaping away as well, Jonny stays on the front foot and gets his hands through the ball to cream it through covers for a boundary.

0
0.3

Azmatullah Omarzai to Jonny Bairstow, no run

Oh, the inswinger now and this is quality bowling from Azmatullah Omarzai. Good length around off stump, Jonny Bairstow tentatively looks to cover drive but this one jags back in and goes through the gates but luckily for Bairstow, over the stumps as well. Also, at the moment there's no Shubman Gill on the field and Rashid Khan is the stand-in captain.

4
0.2

Azmatullah Omarzai to Jonny Bairstow, 4 runs

FOUR! Oh, dear! Noor Ahmad has made a mess of that one. Top delivery, full and swinging sharply away from the right-hander from off stump. Jonny Bairstow is forced to play at it but gets a thick outside edge past first slip and towards third man where Omarzai's fellow Afghan teammate lets it through for a boundary.

1
0.1

Azmatullah Omarzai to Shikhar Dhawan, 1 run

Nice and full to begin with around off stump, this one shapes into the left-hander as well. Shikhar Dhawan looks to drive on the up but gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball rolls away past the off stump. They scamper through for one and Punjab are underway!

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