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Gujarat now sits at the top of the table

Gujarat now sits at the top of the table

Gujarat now sits at the top of the table

Gujarat Titans zoomed to the top spot in the points table of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season after they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.

After being asked to bat, Kolkata posted 179 for seven in their 20 overs and in their response Gujarat finished on 180 for three in 17.5 overs.

Earlier, Rahmanullah Gurbaz held the innings together as wickets fell around him. The innings was well served by a 37 run third wicket stand between Gurbaz and Venkatesh Iyer. Gurbaz then put on 47 runs for the fifth wicket with Rinku Singh. Gurbaz finally fell for 81 off 39 balls with five boundaries and seven sixes. Towards the end, Andre Russell used the long handle to good effect. Russell made 34 off 19 balls with two boundaries and three sixes. Kolkata finished on 179 for seven in their 20 overs. For Gujarat the best bowlers were Mohammed Shami (3-33), Josh Little (2-25) and Noor Ahmad 2-21).

In their response, Gujarat started off well as their openers Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill added 41. Then Gill added 50 runs for the second wicket with skipper Hardik Pandya. Gill made 9 off 35 balls with eight boundaries. The innings slipped from 91 for one to 91 for three. Then Vijay Shankar teamed up with David Miller for the fourth wicket. Shankar and Miller added an unbroken 89 for the fourth wicket. Shankar finished on an unbeaten on 51 off 24 balls with two boundaries and five sixes. In the end Gujarat finished on 180 for three in 17.5 overs. 

Match Summary
Kolkata Knight Riders: 179-7 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Narayan Jagadeesan-2.5 ov), 2-47 (Shardul Thakur-4.6 ov), 3-84 (Venkatesh Iyer-10.1 ov), 4-88 (Nitish Rana-10.4 ov), 5-135 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz-15.2 ov), 6-156 (Rinku Singh-17.3 ov), 7-179 (Andre Russell-19.6 ov)

Gujarat Titans: 180-3 (17.5)
Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Wriddhiman Saha-4.1 ov), 2-91 (Hardik Pandya-10.4 ov), 3-93 (Shubman Gill-11.2 ov)

Match Stats


Playing XI

Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Narayan Jagadeesan, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (captain), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, David Wiese, Shardul Thakur, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy; Subs: Suyash Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Anukul Roy, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya

Impact player: Suyash Sharma for Venkatesh Iyer (2nd innings, 0.1 ov)

Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya (captain), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Josh Little, Noor Ahmad; Subs: Shubman Gill, KS Bharat, Sai Sudharsan, Shivam Mavi, Jayant Yadav

Impact player: Shubman Gill for Mohit Sharma (1st innings, 19.6 ov)

Match Details
Toss: Gujarat Titans, elected to field
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Start time: 1000 hrs GMT
Match officials: Nikhil Patwardhan, Sadashiv Iyer (On-field Umpires); Chris Gaffaney (TV Umpire); Mohit Krishnadas (Reserve Umpire); Satyajit Satbhai (Match-Referee)

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