Gujarat Titans had won their first three games of the season, but their dream run came to an end on Monday at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, as Williamson roared back to form after a slow knock against CSK. Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets, thanks to Kane Williamson’s tenacious 57, Abhishek Sharma’s fluent 42, and two wickets each from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan.
This was SRH’s second consecutive win; on Saturday, they defeated defending champions Chennai Super Kings to get off to a good start in the points table. Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya got things going against SRH openers Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma. Shami and Hardik gave up only 11 runs in the first four overs of the innings as GT attempted to defend 162 for their fourth IPL 2022 victory.
Williamson was under pressure following a slow knock against the Chennai Super Kings, but he would soon break free. Kane Williamson has been a shadow of his former self this season, but he demonstrated his prowess with a six off Shami in his third over. Meanwhile, Abhishek Sharma, who had dominated the Chennai Super Kings‘ bowling attack just a few nights ago, unleashed a stunning array of shots, hitting Lockie Ferguson for three boundaries in his first over.
The two SRH openers looked well set as they raced away to 42 off 6 overs for no loss – their highest powerplay score this season. Even after Abhishek Sharma fell for a quick 42, Kane Williamson kept going. He took his time in another fruitful collaboration with Rahul Tripathi, who had to retire injured.
The SRH captain hit his first fifty of the season and was especially harsh on Hardik Pandya and Lockie Fergusson. Hardik’s innings ended Williamson’s innings – he fell for 57 but set SRH on course for their second consecutive victory.
Hardik Pandya scored magnificent 50 against SRH to lead 162 runs for GT
Earlier, Williamson won the toss and chose to bat first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a costly first over, but he was able to dismiss the in-form Shubman Gill thanks to a stunning catch from Rahul Tripathi. T Natarajan dismissed Sai Sudharsan early after a brave partnership with Gill against Punjab Kings, while Umran Malik trapped Matthew Wade LBW.
Hardik Pandya then took the lead and scored his fifth IPL half-century, the first for GT and his slowest in IPL history. Abhinav Manohar, who survived two missed shots to finish with 35 points, later stated that he felt someone was keeping an eye on him. GT finished with 162 for 7 off 20 overs thanks to the late effort from the two.
As GT captain, Hardik Pandya has been a joy to watch. He has been aggressive with the bat, effective with the ball, and has made some sound decisions as captain. Hardik came out to steer his team out of trouble against a quality SRH bowling line-up, just days after making an important cameo against Punjab Kings.
During the innings, Hardik Pandya broke Rishabh Pant’s record for the fastest Indian to 100 sixes in IPL history. Hardik was well supported by Abhinav Manohar, who hit 35 off 21 before being caught by Rahul Tripathi. Manohar was dropped on 21 and 32, but he failed to capitalize on those opportunities.
Hardik Pandya slowed down towards the end of the innings but he brought up his maiden half-century for GT. This was, however, the slowest of his 5 IPL half-centuries.
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