David Millar played a useful knock as the Gujarat Titans beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by eight runs on Saturday to return to the top of the IPL table.
Captain Hardik Pandya, who missed the previous match due to injury, hit 67 – his third successive half-century – to guide Gujarat to 156-9 after electing to bat first in Mumbai.
Kolkata lost regular wickets to be in trouble at 108-7 when Andre Russell, already on 24 off 13, attempted to single-handedly drive the chase only to be caught in the deep by a good running catch by Lockie Ferguson in the final over. He made 48 off 25.
West Indies quick bowler Alzarri Joseph defended 18 in the final over after getting hit for a six off the first ball by Russell as Kolkata ended on 148-8.
Fast bowler Mohammed Shami stood out with figures of 4-20 while Rashid Khan took two wickets to get past 100 IPL scalps, controlling the middle overs with his leg-spin, and was named Man of the Match.
Pandya set up victory with partnerships of 75 with Wriddhiman Saha (25) and 50 with Miller (27) but the opposition bowlers checked the Gujarat surge.
Pandya, who hit four fours and two sixes in his 49-ball knock, fell to New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee, who returned figures of 3-24, as the Gujarat batting fell apart.
Russell, who bowled just one over, claimed four wickets in the 20th with Gujarat losing seven in the final four for just 23 runs.
But Gujarat’s total proved enough for them to topple the Rajasthan Royals from the top of the 10-team table with six wins out of seven matches.
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