Reigning champions Gujarat Titans secured their sixth win of the season with a seven-wicket triumph over Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Saturday.
GT limited KKR to 179 for the loss of 7 wickets in the opening innings before successfully chasing the target with 13 deliveries to spare.
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The match had its spice moment in the early innings as GT skipper Hardik Pandya was seen furious with KKR goalkeeper-beater Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
The episode happened during the 13th inning of the opening round as Pandya didn’t like what Gurbaz told him after hitting the versatile Indian maverick for a six on the first delivery of his over .
Gurbaz was spotted with a smile on his face, but Pandya was probably too wrapped up in the heat of the moment and didn’t respond well as he was seen shaking his head in vehement disapproval.
Gurbaz was KKR’s top scorer on the night as he made 81 runs from just 39 deliveries with the Willow to take the Kolkata-based side’s tally to 179.
Mohammed Shami was the star of the game for GT with the ball as he scalped three wickets and conceded 33 runs in his four overs quota.
Chasing the target, Gujarat lost their first wicket in the form of Wriddhiman Saha as he fell for 10 on as many deliveries to West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell.
Shubman Gill made 49 runs on 35 balls before falling prey to Sunil Naraine. Captain Pandya participated in 26 runs with the bat before being caught in front of the wicket by his counterpart Nitish Rana.
Vijay Shankar’s quick runs helped GT achieve the required target as their unbeaten fifty proved crucial. While South African David Miller made his presence felt with an 18-ball, 32-point shot to see the champions home.
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Gujarat top the table with 12 points from their eight outings this campaign, while KKR are seventh in the league standings with 6 points from 9 games.
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