KKR vs GT Match Report: Kolkata’s fifth defeat by Vijay Shankar’s 5 sixes, Gujarat equalized

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KKR vs GT Match Report: Kolkata's fifth defeat by Vijay Shankar's 5 sixes, Gujarat equalized

KKR vs GT Match Report: Gujarat beat Kolkata by 7 wickets.Image Credit source: BCCI

Kolkata: The condition of Kolkata Knight Riders in Ahmedabad Gujarat Titans Gujarat did the same to Kolkata in Eden Gardens. Gujarat and Kolkata clashed for the second time in this season, this time the match did not go on till the last ball as Gujarat won by 7 wickets on the basis of Vijay Shankar’s 5 sixes. With this sixth win, Gujarat has secured the first position in the points table.

Shubman Gill started strongly for Gujarat Titans and reached 41 runs in 4 overs. Wriddhiman Saha (10), however, got out early this time and was caught by Andre Russell. Then captain Hardik Pandya supported Gill and there was a 50-run partnership between the two.

When Gujarat was faltering…

In the 11th over, when Gujarat’s score was 91 and the team was looking in a strong position, Harshit Rana, playing his first match, dismissed Hardik (26) LBW. In the very next over, Sunil Narine returned Gill (49) to the pavilion. Suddenly, Gujarat’s innings started faltering and Kolkata’s comeback was seen. It was here again that Gujarat showed its mettle by doing a runchase. Vijay Shankar and David Miller (32 runs, 18 balls) tore apart the Kolkata bowlers.

… Shankar-Miller made a point

Shankar (51 runs, 24 balls) looked particularly aggressive. He made sure the team’s victory by hitting 3 sixes in a single over of Varun Chakraborty. Shankar completed his half-century in just 24 balls. In the last match also against KKR, he had hit Fifty in 21 balls. In that match, Rinku Singh’s 5 sixes had defeated him, but this time Shankar himself completed the revenge from Kolkata with 5 sixes and 2 fours.

Gurbaj showed explosive style

In this season, the situation of Kolkata Knight Riders, who are continuously struggling for good opening, remained similar this time also. Jason Roy could not play due to injury and in such a situation Rahmanullah Gurbaz returned. The young Afghan opener did not let Roy miss and scored a half-century in just 27 balls. However, apart from him, Narayan Jagdishan, Shardul Thakur, Venkatesh Iyer and captain Nitish Rana could not make any significant contribution.

Even Rinku Singh, who is emerging as the new star of KKR, failed this time. Gurbaj’s attack continued from the other end and he laid the foundation to take the team to a decent score. He could not complete his century. He became the victim of Noor Ahmed in the 16th over. At that time the team’s score was 135 runs, out of which 81 runs (39 balls, 5 fours, 7 sixes) belonged to Gurbaj.

Russell puts the finishing touch

Gujarat made some comeback here and controlled the run rate of Kolkata. However, Andre Russell, who has failed so far this season, finally showed his explosive form. The dashing Windies batsman celebrating his birthday started off by hitting two sixes in Rashid Khan’s over. He was dismissed on the last ball of the last over but by then had scored 34 runs (19 balls) to reach the team’s 179 runs. Mohammed Shami (3/33) and Josh Little (2/25) were the most successful for Gujarat.

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