Kagiso Rabada starred with the ball as the Punjab Kings beat the Gujarat Titans by eight wickets in the IPL on Monday.
The Proteas fast bowler took 4-33 – his second consecutive four-wicket haul – as Gujarat were restricted to 143-8.
The Titans’ only standout was Sai Sudharsan who grounded out a gutsy 65*, the 20-year-old’s first half-century of the IPL in only his fourth innings.
Gujarat lost both their openers in the powerplay, with Shubman Gill spectacularly run out for nine in the third over and Wriddhiman Saha caught by a back-pedalling Mayank Agarwal off Rabada.
Gujarat’s top run-scorer of the season, Hardik Pandya, fell for just one, failing to move his feet and thick-edging Rishi Dhawan to keeper Jitesh Sharma as he looked to drive.
Proteas batsman David Miller tried to get the scoreboard moving, but misjudged Livingstone’s off-spin to give Rabada a simple catch on the long-on boundary, departing for 11.
Rahul Tewatia, often the dangerman at the end of an innings, also was out for 11, trying to reverse sweep a wide, slow Rabada ball.
Next ball, Rashid Khan edged Rabada to the keeper for a golden duck, and Lockie Ferguson slogged the South African straight to Liam Livingstone at long on.
Punjab’s Jonny Bairstow, promoted to No 2, departed for one in the third over, top-edging Mohammed Shami to Pradeep Sangwan at deep fine leg.
But fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan and Sri Lankan No 2 Bhanuka Rajapaksa made quick work of the modest target off Shami, Khan and West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph.
Rajapaksa hit five fours and a six to make 40 off 28 balls before being trapped lbw by New Zealand’s Ferguson in the 12th over.
Dhawan’s 62* off 53 included eight fours and one six – a ramped shot off a lightning-fast Joseph delivery that was the quickest of the night.
Livingstone then wrapped things up in one Shami over with three sixes in a row – one of which flew 117 metres – and two fours to finish 30* off 10 balls.
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