Tewatia hits two sixes for amazing IPL win

Rahul Tewatia has produced a improbable IPL finale, smashing sixes off the final two balls to present newomers Gujarat Lions their third straight win with a six-wicket victory over Punjab Kings.

Punjab appeared to have the sport within the bag on Friday however bowler Odean Smith conceded an overthrow off the fourth ball of the ultimate over, which left Tewatia having to hit two maximums off the ultimate deliveries to win.

Extremely, he did simply that, twice clearing the midwicket fence off Smith in Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium to take his aspect to their victory goal on 4-190.

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“Wonderful feeling,” left-handed Tewatia stated after scoring 13 runs off the three balls he confronted.

“There was nothing to suppose (about), simply go there and hit sixes. The final ball was off the center of the bat, and I knew it was a six.”

Earlier, Liam Livingstone’s 64 off 27 balls and a breezy 27 off the final 13 balls between tailenders Rahul Chahar (22 not out) and Arshdeep Singh (10 not out) had lifted Punjab’s complete to a powerful 9-189 after Gujarat selected to bowl.

In reply, Gujarat’s Australian worldwide Matthew Wade obtained caught behind for six however his fellow opener Shubman Gill took the reins, scoring 96 off 59 balls.

However with 20 nonetheless wanted off the final eight deliveries, Gill performed a low vast full toss from Kagiso Rabada and was caught within the covers after hitting 11 fours and a six in his 59-ball knock.

Captain Hardik Pandya was run out off the primary respectable ball from Smith within the last over after scoring 27 off 18 earlier than Tewatia noticed Gujarat by means of to their third win from three video games.

“It was a troublesome sport, however we fought onerous and have been 5 to seven runs quick,” Punjab skipper Mayank Agarwal stated.

“We did rather well to get ourselves to that rating … final over may have been anyone’s sport. We completely again Odean, it is all proper, it is only a sport of cricket.”

Earlier, Gujarat ought to have gotten Livingstone on 20 however replays confirmed Pandya had touched the boundary mark off leg-spinner Rashid Khan within the ninth over.

Livingstone smashed 44 extra runs off the subsequent 20 deliveries he confronted earlier than Rashid returned within the sixteenth and finally had the Englishman caught at deep sq. leg by David Miller.

The perennially wonderful Rashid completed with 3-22 when he additionally trapped Shahrukh Khan (15) leg earlier than wicket in the identical over as Gujarat got here again strongly within the second half of the innings by claiming wickets at common intervals.

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