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IPL 2022 – Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans – Moment of the match

The IPL 2022 match between Gujarat Titans (GT) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) ended in an exciting finale as all-rounder Rahul Tewatia hammered two sixes on the final two deliveries. With this victory, the Gujarat Titans stayed unbeaten and moved into second place in the points chart with three wins in a row.

GT needed 19 off six balls to win the match. David Miller and Hardik Pandya were at the crease for them. However, Pandya’s tragic run-out dismissal brought another finisher to the crease, Tewatia. Miller smashed a boundary and then backed it up with a single on the succeeding balls after Tewatia got a single on the second ball of the over.

With 12 required off two balls, Rahul Tewatia predicted Odean Smith’s line to be about outside off and smashed the fifth ball to the deep mid-wicket boundary, boosting his confidence. Then, on the last ball of the innings, Tewatia hammered the ball over the deep long-on boundary to win the match for his team. This brought back thoughts of Tewatia smashing five sixes off Sheldon Cottrell in a single over during an IPL 2020 match at Sharjah between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings).

The whole Gujarat Titans squad raced to the pitch to celebrate alongside Tewatia and Miller, who maintained their poise throughout. Shubman Gill set the tone for the chase with 96 off 59 balls, while Sai Sudharsan and Hardik Pandya chipped in with 35 and 27 runs, respectively.

Following the conclusion of this match, Rahul Tewatia joined MS Dhoni as the only two players in IPL history to win a game from 12 from two balls. Dhoni accomplished the same feat in 2016 when playing for the now-defunct Rising Pune Super Giants against Kings XI Punjab, when he hit 23 runs off Axar Patel’s final over to win the match for his team.

It looks like Hardik Pandya’s squad is finding its rhythm early on in the tournament and these initial wins will pay huge dividends in the latter part of the tournament. As teams are slowly finding their ideal playing XIs, each match is becoming that much more competitive and the teams who have capitalised on the new era and racked up those few wins stand to gain a lot and their chance of progressing to the next part of the tournament is that much more certain.