Sai Kishore shines as Titans seal emphatic victory over Kings

Opting to bat first, Kings were off to a flying start with Prabhsimran Singh hitting three fours and a six off Sandeep Warrier.
R Sai Kishore took 4/33 against Punjab Kings on Sunday
R Sai Kishore took 4/33 against Punjab Kings on Sunday(Photo | Sportzpics)

CHENNAI: R Sai Kishore took a four-wicket haul (4/33) as Gujarat Titans dismissed Punjab Kings for 142 in Mullanpur on Sunday. In reply, Titans chased down the target in the final over with three wickets in hand.

Opting to bat first, Kings were off to a flying start with Prabhsimran Singh hitting three fours and a six off Sandeep Warrier. Azmatullah Omarzai, too, was not spared as he was hit for a four and a six by Sam Curran and Prabhsimran, respectively. Mohit Sharma bowled a quiet over, but soon Shubman Gill had to turn to Rashid Khan.

Another boundary-less over meant Prabhsimran went after Mohit in the next over and upper cut the seamer into the stands. However, he got out the very next ball trying to hit over cover as Kings finished powerplay with 56/1. Noor Ahmad removed Rilee Russow shortly after the powerplay and Rashid sent back Curran, putting Kings in a spot of bother.

Two more boundary-less overs continued as Kings scrapped their way to 74/3 at the halfway mark. Just when it looked like Liam Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma are getting their eye in, Noor deceived the former with a googly. R Sai Kishore cleaned up Sharma as the hosts lost half their side with 86 runs on board.

Once again, it was down to Ashutosh Sharma and Shashank Singh — the two uncapped batters who have been consistent for the Kings. Can they do it one more time? The question lingered on as Shashank and Ashutosh kept the scoreboard moving with singles. Getting a chance to play after a while, Sai Kishore spoiled the duo’s party by dismissing Ashutosh first and then followed it up with the wicket of Shashank.

With Kings down to 99/7, it seemed like they might not even cross 120. However, Harpreet Brar came up with the cameo — 29 runs from 12 balls — as Kings finished the innings with 142 on board.

Brief scores: Punjab Kings 142 in 20 overs (Prabhsimran 35; Noor 2/20, Rashid 1/15, Sai Kishore 4/33) lost to Gujarat Titans 146/7 in 19.1 ovs (Gill 35, Tewatia 36 n.o).

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