IPL 2022: Bowlers, Dhawan shine as Punjab halt Gujarat Titans' winning run
The Punjab Kings defeated Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets
Shikhar Dhawan slammed an unbeaten 62 runs off 53 balls
Liam Livingstone stole the show with his 10-ball 30-run knock
The Gujarat Titans stumbled to their second defeat of IPL 2022 as Punjab Kings rolled over them at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai on Tuesday. Mayank Agarwal and co, with the eight-wicket win, move to the fifth rung of the points table.
Dhawan slammed an unbeaten 62 runs off 53 balls with the help of eight fours and one maximum. However, it was Liam Livingstone who stole the show with his 10-ball 30-run knock. The two, along with Bhanuka Rajapaksa (40 off 28 balls) helped their side chase 144 runs with four overs to spare.
For Gujarat, Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson picked one wicket each.
In the first innings, Punjab pacer Kagiso Rabada picked four wickets for 33 runs to restrict the Gujarat Titans to a below-par 143 for eight.
Sai Sudharsan scored an unbeaten 65 off 50 balls with the help of five boundaries and a six.
For Punjab, Sandeep Sharma (0/17), Arshdeep Singh (1/35), Rahul Chahar (0/11) and Livingstone also played their parts to perfection.
Rabada was named the player of the match. He said that the team feels good about winning two games in a row.
"Finally we got the win. After being a bit inconsistent, we just wanted to string a couple of wins under our belt. We bowled well to restrict them. Our batters did the job. As a team, we had a good outing," Rabada said.
The Protea further praised fellow pacer Arshdeep Singh.
"You can't get too greedy, you need to stick to your basics, that's what I tried to do. (On Arshdeep) He's got a lot of nerve, he has shown that especially in the death overs. He reads the game well, he's able to execute his skill and he's done it game in game out. He knows what he wants to work on, I am not saying too much to him. As a bowler, you have to bowl in all stages of the game. It's about figuring out how to be the most effective in each stage of the game," he added.