Punjab Kings registered a dominant victory against the Gujarat Titans by defeating them 8 wickets and with 24 balls left. PBKS just lowered the current table-toppers of the Indian Premier League, and secured 2 important points, also bettering their run rate. GT batted first and put up 143 with the loss of 8 wickets on the scoreboard in 20 overs. PBKS simply chased down the target in 16 overs and lost only 2 wickets. Here are 3 factors that led the Punjab Kings to secure the win.
Brilliant performance by PBKS bowlers
PBKS bowlers were exceptional in their performance against Gujarat Titans. Almost every one of them was either economical or picked up wickets, and especially Kagiso Rabada picked up 4 wickets in 4 overs, conceding 33 runs. He was given the man of the match award for his performance. Also by the joint efforts by others, Punjab Kings were able to restrict Gujarat Titans within the 150 mark.
Dhawan and Rajapaksa’s partnership
Jonny Bairstow got out soon scoring only 1 from 6 balls, and PBKS lost one of their openers early. From that situation, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa played their respective knocks which were impressive, and build a good partnership. Dhawan scored 62 off 53 with 8 fours and 1 six, and Rajapaksa scored 40 of 28 deliveries with 5 fours and one six. Their partnership was very crucial at that stage which helped Punjab Kings to secure the win.
Liam Livingstone’s Storm
In the end, it was due to Liam Livingstone’s stormy innings, which led PBKS to secure the win with ease. They needed 27 of 30 balls, and he took just 6 balls to finish the match from that position. He took 28 runs in that over, overall scored 30 of 10 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes, and had a ridiculous strike rate of 300.