Opener Abhishek Sharma followed his 75-run knock against the Chennai Super Kings with a 32-ball 42 on Monday as the Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated the Gujarat Titans by eight wickets at the DY Patil Stadim, Mumbai

Sharma and skipper Kane Williamson put up a 64-run opening stand in nine overs before the former was dismissed by leg-spinner Rashid Khan. The Kiwi scored 57 runs off 46 balls with the help of two boundaries and four maximums. Rahul Tripathi was retired hurt at 17 off 11 as Nicholas Pooran (34 off 18) and Aiden Markram (12 off 8) remained unbeaten. The Sunrisers chased down the target of 163 with five balls to spare. 

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For the Titans, Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan took a wicket each.

In the first innings, Hardik Pandya managed to rescue the Gujarat Titans after three wickets fell under eight overs. The skipper remained unbeaten at 50 off 42 balls. Abhinav Manohar chipped in with 35. 

Pandya said that the team was 7 to 10 run short with the bat. He further said the team, who were unbeaten in the league so far, lost the game when they leaked 30 runs in two overs. 

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“IPL is tough so I tried to show some toughness (against Malik). That (blow to the helmet) woke me up. They bowled well and stuck to their plans, credit to them for the way they bowled. We need to learn from the mistakes, we will have a conversation and a laugh as we have out next game in a couple of days,” he further added in the post match ceremony. 

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For SRH, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan took two wickets apiece while Marco Jansen and Umran Malik got one each.

Brief Scores: Gujarat Titans: 162 for 7 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 50 not out, Abhinav Manohar 35; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/37, T Natarajan 2/34).

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 168 for 2 in 19.1 overs (Kane Williamson 57, Abhishek Sharma 42, Nicholas Pooran 34 not out; Hardik Pandya 1/27).