Gujarat Titans hitter Rahul Tewatia hit two sixes off Odean Smith's final two deliveries in a dramatic IPL 2022 match here on Friday, snatching victory from defeat against Punjab Kings. Tewatia hit two sixes in the last two balls to complete a six-wicket triumph for the Titans at the Brabourne Stadium.
IPL 2022 2 sixes in 2 balls Rahul Tewatia replicates MS Dhoni's rare feat to hit back
The Punjab Kings scored 189 runs on their first hit of the season. Liam Livingstone, a British batter, was essential in this success. Due to four sixes and seven boundaries, he is able to score 64 runs in just 27 balls.
At the start of the game, Gujarat lost Matthew Wade's wicket. Even so, Subhman Gill was able to give his best performance throughout his game. On the second wicket, Gill and Sai Sudarshan were able to add 101 runs. In this session, Gill was able to create 96 runs with 59 balls and an attack rate of 162.71. In the end, Gujarat still needed 12 runs in the last two balls, and this was contributed by Rahul to achieve victory for Gujarat.
Pandya loses his cool
Hardik Pandya was visibly upset after being dismissed from the Gujarat Titans' match against the Punjab Kings on Friday. Consequently, David Miller was chastised not only by Pandya but also by the Gujarat franchise's top hierarchy.
When two Indian hitters start chasing a Gujarati player, Pandya partners up with Gill. When Gill went off-song and came to a halt at 19, Pandya and new addition Miller were tasked with turning things around against a Punjab side led by Mayank Agarwal. Miller was facing Kagiso Rabada on the penultimate ball of the 19th over at the time, and he was able to maintain a counter-attack for the 20th. Miller doesn't allow Pandya much of a chance to assault his foe.
When Miller swung and missed on the first ball of the final, Pandya was running out of time. Jonny Bairstow's forearm throw cemented Pandya's retirement from the game. Pandya's face was filled with rage against Miller as a result of this.
Tewatia unlocks achievement previously held by MS Dhoni
Tewatia, who formerly played for Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, demonstrated his ability to the fullest. He was able to carry Smith past mid-wicket, almost being caught by the fielder before being able to plop down on the ropes. He then went to great lengths to get the final deliveries across the long-on boundary, propelling Gujarat to a nail-biting win.
The 28-year-old player managed to emulate a rare achievement previously performed by MS Dhoni in the iconic IPL 2016. At that time, Dhoni was able to represent Rising Pun Supergiant by hitting two sixes in the last two deliveries of Punjab spinner Axar Patel, allowing them to win the game.
Tewatia also expressed his gratitude to Miller. That's because Miller had given him a strike for the last two balls in the game. The moment he went through was considered interesting, so he wrote a Twitter post “Thanks for the single mili paa.”
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