Jammu and Kashmir pacer Umran Malik took his career best IPL bowling figures of 5 for 25 but his efforts were still not enough to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a victory on Wednesday.
Malik completed his four overs by the 16th over by which time he had taken SRH to the doorstep of victory. However, poor bowling by T Natarajan (19th) and Marco Jansen (20th) allowed Gujarat Titans to register a thrilling last-ball victory, ending SRH's five-match winning streak in an exciting fashion.
Replying to SRH’s 195 for six, Titans emerged victorious by five wickets to regain their No. 1 position in the points table with seven wins from eight matches. The Titans heroes were once again Rashid Khan (31 not out, 11 balls, 4x6) and Rahul Tewatia (40 not out, 21 balls, 4x4, 2x6) with the bat, the right-left combination sharing 59 unseparated runs for the sixth wicket in the last four overs.
SRH were still winning after 18 overs when Titans needed 35 off the 12 deliveries. With Tewatia having already won matches from losing causes before, and Rashid also can hit sixes at will, Titans did not lose hope. Natarajan gave 13 in the 19th over and South Africa left-arm pacer Jansen could not defend 22 that were needed of the last over, giving four sixes, bowling wide and short, or full toss for the batsmen to swing their bats and clear the boundary at will. Khan hit the winning six when three were needed off the last ball, swinging Jansen over fine leg and signalling wild celebrations in the Titans camp.