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‘Finally A Peaceful Sleep’- Twitter explodes as Punjab dominates Gujarat in a one-sided affair

By Alan

May 3, 2022

The 48th match of the Indian T20 League 2022 between Gujarat and Punjab saw complete dominance by the Punjab team as they registered an eight-wicket win. Hardik Pandya's Gujarat struggled to get runs in the first innings, managing 143. The batters could not settle down on a DY Patil pitch that was a bit slow in nature. Punjab, on the other hand, looked very comfortable while chasing the target.

Gujarat won the toss and elected to bat first. This was the first instance of a side winning the toss and choosing to bat first in a night game. However, the decision did not go well for them. They lost both their openers, Shubman Gill (9 off 6) and Wriddhiman Saha (21 off 17), early on. Hardik Pandya (1 off 7), David Miller (11 off 14), and Rahul Tewatia (11 off 13), their in-form batters, couldn't do much either. Wickets kept falling for Gujarat at regular intervals as they failed to stitch any significant partnerships.

Quick bowlers, particularly Kagiso Rabada, had a great day troubling the batters frequently. Rabada got a four-wicket haul in the match. For Gujarat, only Sai Sudarshan showed some resilience. He scored 65 runs off 50 balls during his stay. Kagiso Rabada picked up four wickets for 33 runs never letting the momentum slip for Punjab.

While chasing a moderate target of 144 runs, Jonny Bairstow was promoted to open the innings along with Shikhar Dhawan. Bairstow (1 off 6) could not take the advantage of this opportunity and fell to a brilliant delivery by Mohammad Shami in the third over. Bhanuka Rajapaksa then joined Dhawan in the middle. The slowness of the pitch did not bother the duo much as they played brilliant strokes with ease. Shikhar Dhawan raced to his half-century and put Punjab in a comfortable position.

The duo added 87 runs in the partnership before Rajapaksa was dismissed in the 12th over. The equation came down to 47 runs in eight overs. Liam Livingstone then joined the party, and played with all the ease. The English man played a brilliant cameo of 30 runs in 10 balls after Shikhar Dhawan slowed down a bit. Livingstone hit the winning four in the 16th over of the innings. Shikhar Dhawan stayed not out on 62 off 53 balls.

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