Mohali, 13th April 2023: The hosts were thrown on the back foot in a match between Gujarat Titans (GT) and Punjab Kings (PBKS), who are trying to get back on the winning track. Defending champions GT’s bowlers kept PBKS’s run rate in check with a scintillating strike. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan failed today and Punjab suffered a setback.
On Thursday (13th April) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 at Mohali, Shubman Gill led Gujarat Titans to a victory over Punjab Kings with a stunning 67 off 49 balls, followed by a four from Rahul Tewatia. Before being removed by Kagiso Rabada, who became the fastest player to 100 wickets in IPL history, Wriddhiman Saha gave GT the perfect start.
Punjab batsmen failed to maintain coordination between bat and ball. Mohit Sharma spelled 4-0-18-2 while hitting impressively. Mohit previously played for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Delhi Capitals (DC). He is playing an IPL match for the first time since 2020.
Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and decided to bowl first. Punjab opener Prabhasimran Singh was dismissed by Mohammed Shami on the second ball. Shikhar Dhawan (8) couldn’t do much today and was sent back by Joshua Little. Matthew Short, however, was seen to be playing smartly. Rashid Khan came in to bowl in the seventh over and got Gujarat an important wicket. Short, who scored 36 off 24 balls went back to the pavilion on googly.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Jitesh Sharma saved Punjab’s innings. But, Gujarat debutant Mohit broke the pair. Jitesh Sharma was dismissed for 25 off 23 balls. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha took a perfect DRS to get Gujarat this wicket.
Sam Curran and Rajapaksa contested the Punjab Pass. As Punjab batsmen did not attempt runs in the middle overs, Gujarat got a chance to come back into the match. Alzarri Joseph caught Rajapaksa (20) while taking an important wicket. Rashid took one wicket for 26 runs and Joseph took one wicket for 36 runs. Mohit took the second wicket of the innings when he dismissed Sam Curran (22) on a slow bouncer. Shah Rukh Khan was run out after scoring 22 runs in nine balls. Punjab Kings scored 153 for eight wickets.