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Rahul Tewatia-Rashid Khan blitz powers Gujarat Titans to a stunning win over Sunrisers Hyderabad

With the confidence of having won matches from precarious situations before, Tewatia and Rashid had different plans when Sunrisers thought they were well on course to victory.

April 28, 2022 / 07:41 AM IST
Rahul Tewatia (40 not out) hit amazing 4 boundaries and 2 sixes

Rahul Tewatia (40 not out) hit amazing 4 boundaries and 2 sixes

Rahul Tewatia (40 not out, 21 balls, 4x4, 2x6) and Rashid Khan (31 not out, 11 balls, 4x6) won the match for Gujarat Titans from nowhere. They joined hands at the end of the 16th over when Titans needed 56 more from the last four overs. Fortunately for them, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicket-taking bowler Umran Malik finished his quota of four overs by then.

An asking run rate of 14 runs an over is not impossible in today’s T20. Especially when the big-hitting Tewatia and the unorthodox batsman Rashid are in the middle. The manner in which the two meet the Titans’ requirements when chasing a challenging target is amazing. And the consistency with which they finish matches by clearing the boundary ropes is simply outstanding.

Who can forget the two sixes Tewatia hit when Titans’ needed 12 off the last two deliveries against Punjab Kings nearly three weeks ago? Or for that matter Rashid sharing a crucial partnership with David Miller and helping Titans win against Chennai Super Kings in Pune 11 nights ago?

With the confidence of having won matches from precarious situations before, Tewatia and Rashid had different plans when Sunrisers thought they were well on course to victory. They got into the act with Rashid picking up a six over long-on off Bhuvneshwar Kumar off the fourth delivery of the 18th over. It was a typical Rashid Khan shot with no foot movement but the swing of the bat having enough power to take the ball over the fielder’s head.