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“Lord Tewatia”: Twitter bows to Rahul Tewatia’s unreal show against Punjab

By Alan

April 8, 2022

Punjab played against Gujarat in the 16th match of the Indian T20 League 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The match turned out to be a great thriller and went down to the wire.

Gujarat won the toss and decided to field first. The out of form Mayank Agarwal was dismissed in the 2nd over of the innings for 5 runs off 9 deliveries. The miseries of the Punjab skipper with the bat continued. Jonny Bairstow, playing his first match in this edition of the tournament failed to impress. He scored just 8 runs off 8 deliveries. With the score at 34 for 2 in the 5th over of the innings, Livingstone walked out to bat. The golden form of Livingstone continued in this match also. He was thrashing the Gujarat bowlers for fun. He was finally dismissed in the 16th over by Rashid Khan for 64 runs off 27 deliveries. He smashed 4 sixes and 7 fours during his stay at the crease. Once again after Livingstone’s dismissal, the Punjab innings lost its momentum. But on the back of cameos by Rahul Chahar (22 off 14) and Arshdeep Singh (10 off 5), Punjab reached a total of 189 runs in their 20 overs. Rashid Khan was the best bowler from Gujarat picking up 3 wickets for 22 runs from his 4 overs.

Gujarat made a solid start to their chase. They lost Matthew Wade (6 off 7) in the 4th over, but Shubman Gill looked resilient and determined. He completed his half-century in just 29 deliveries, while Sai Sudarshan accompanied him very nicely. At the end of 10 overs Gujarat was very nicely placed at 94 for the loss of just 1 wicket. They required 96 runs to win the match from the last 10 overs and the two batters in the middle looked very settled. Rahul Chahar finally dismissed Sai Sudarshan (35 off 30) in the 15th over. But with a partnership of 101 runs with Shubman Gill he had set the stage for his team. As the 15th over finished Gujarat was 154 for 2 down, requiring 56 runs of the last 30 deliveries. Gill was still steady at the crease and Hardik Pandya was with him at this stage. But it appeared that Gujarat was loosing a bit of momentum. Kagiso Rabada picked up the all important wicket of Shubman Gill in the 19th over. Gill was dismissed for 96 off 59 deliveries. With 6 balls in hand Gujarat needed to score 19 runs. Punjab got the wicket of Hardik Pandya in the first ball of the 20th over and the match was in their hands. Rahul Tewatia loves to pull off unbelievable wins and he did just that in this match also. With 12 runs to score of the last two balls, Tewatia slammed two sixes of Odean Smith. Gujarat won the match by 6 wickets and remained undefeated in the tournament.