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IPL 2024, PBKS vs GT: Gujarat beat Punjab by 3 wickets, move to 8 points

IPL 2024, PBKS vs GT: Spinners, Shubman Gill and Tewatia take Gujarat Titans past Punjab Kings. Gujarat jumped to 6th place, Punjab ninth. Top takeaways for Punjab and Gujarat from the match.

IPL 2024, PBKS vs GT: R Sai Kishore took 4-33 against Punjab Kings_ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
IPL 2024: Sai Kishore took 4-33 against Punjab Kings (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)

Brief Scores: GT 146/7 (Rahul Tewatia 36*, Harshal Patel 3/15) beat PBKS 142 (Prabhsimran Singh 35, Sai Kishore 4/33) by 3 wickets.

Gujarat Titans (GT) posted an all-round display to beat Punjab Kings (PBKS) by three wickets in IPL 2024 match No 37 at Mullanpur on Sunday. Gujarat spinners took seven wickets to bowl out Punjab for 142 before overhauling the target with three wickets and five balls to spare. Rahul Tewatia finished off the chase with an unbeaten knock of 36 in 18 balls. 

Key Takeaways from PBKS vs GT, Match 37, IPL 2024 - Winning team (GT)

Spinners run through Punjab's batting line-up

Gujarat spinners deserve the credit for bowling out Punjab for 142. Gujarat bowled 13 overs of spin, conceding 75 runs and taking 7 wickets at an economy rate of 5.7. The most successful spinner for Gujarat was R Sai Kishore who took 4/33. But it was Rashid Khan’s 1/15 in four overs that put the brakes on the scoring in the middle overs. He was ably supported by his Afghanistan teammate Noor Ahmad who took 2/20. Kishore was a tad expensive, and conceded a six off the first ball he bowled but came back strongly to take four wickets, and never allowed Punjab to gain any momentum. Overall, it was a top-class performance from Gujarat spinners.

Key Takeaways from PBKS vs GT, Match 37, IPL 2024 - Losing team (PBKS)

IPL 2024, PBKS vs GT_ Sam Curran leading Punjab Kings in Shikhar Dhawan's absence _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
Lack of contribution from top-order is hurting Punjab (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)
Top-order fails again

The opening pair of Sam Curran and Prabhsimrah Singh posted a stand of 52 runs in 5.3 overs, but they could not build up the momentum as Gujarat spinners took regular wickets. The openers failed to carry on from the start they received and Punjab lost the momentum. The batters to follow could not deliver as Punjab was soon reduced to 99/7. 

Once again, the job of resurrecting the innings fell into the middle-lower order who took the team’s total to 142. Punjab need a top-order batter to bat through the innings while the rest play around him. But the consistent failure of the top order is not allowing Punjab to build up a good score to defend. The absence of Shikhar Dhawan at the top is also hurting them.

Statistical Highlights from PBKS vs GT game, IPL 2024
  • Prabhsimran made his joint highest score of 35 in IPL 2024. He has been inconsistent, hurting his team’s chances in IPL 2024. So far, he has scored 154 runs @ 19.25 – a far cry from his successful last season when he scored a ton and a fifty.

  • Sai Kishore took his best bowling figures of 4/33 in IPL. He has played 8 matches in IPL, taking 12 wickets.

  • Rashid Khan is three wickets short of 150 wickets. Currently, he has 147 wickets in 117 matches in IPL.

  • Harshal Patel is now joint highest in the list of most wickets in IPL 2024. He has 13 wickets in eight games, sharing the spot with Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians.

Points Table Scenario & What's Next

With this win, Gujarat have jumped to sixth spot with eight points, having won four matches out of eight. Punjab are at ninth with four points, having won two games out of eight. Gujarat will next play Delhi on April 24, while Punjab will take on Kolkata on April 26.

Up next, Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) lock horns at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. 


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