Gujarat Titans and Kolkata Knight Riders squared off in the 35th match of the IPL 2022 in the first game of the double-header on Saturday. The Titans opted to bat first after winning the toss and the skipper Hardik Pandya led his side from the front with a well-compiled half-century. However, New Zealand pacer Tim Southee spilled a golden chance to run out the all-rounder when he was batting at a score of only 10.
The Titans entered the field with two consecutive wins behind their back, while the Knight Riders came with a baggage of the hattrick of losses. Batting first, Gujarat Titans lost Shubman Gill early in the 2nd over. The skipper Hardik Pandya came next at the number three and stitched a vital partnership alongside Wriddhiman Saha to guide the Titans out of the trouble.
However, the Knight Riders had a golden opportunity to send Pandya back early but Tim Southee missed a simple run out.
Tim Southee misses the stumps, Hardik Pandya survives
The junior Pandya began his knock with a bang and smashed two boundaries off the first four deliveries. However, on the final delivery of the 2nd over, Pandya tried to advance while playing his shot. Southee was alert and delivered an incoming short-length delivery and Pandya somehow fended it back to the bowler.
The kiwi pacer latched quickly on the ball and shied at the stumps. However, he missed an easy chance to run Hardik Pandya out.
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Talking about the match, Gujarat Titans successfully defended the total to register an 8-run victory. Defending the total of 156/9, the Titans contained the Knight Riders to 148/8.
Gujarat Titans kept their winning march intact as they now sit at the top of the league standings with six wins and a single loss in seven matches. At the same time, Kolkata Knight Riders lost their fourth consecutive game to slip to 7th position in the points table with three wins and five losses in eight games.