PBKS is led by Shashank Singh specifically to pursue a record.

PBKS is led by Shashank Singh specifically to pursue a record.

With the help of Shashank Singh’s devastating punches, Punjab Kings defeated Gujarat Titans in a thrilling final over to capture their second IPL 2024 title.

Shashank gives it a memorable conclusion.

Even if he wasn’t the Shashank Singh Punjab Kings were hoping to find at the auction, he has established himself as one of the eleven players to watch this season, especially today. Shashank entered the game after the Kings had lost four wickets for just seventy in the ninth over, but he did not falter and gave the team some much-needed momentum. To start his innings, he lofted Noor Ahmed’s googly for a six and then took 14 from three deliveries from Umesh Yadav.

Punjab remained in the hunt with to a ramp from Mohit Sharma and another six from Rashid. The Kings were fortunate to get some assistance in between from players like Jitesh Sharma, who blasted back-to-back sixes off Rashid at a crucial moment.

A winning combination

The impact substitute Ashutosh Sharma, who equaled Singh in shotmaking and hit three boundaries off an over from Azmatullah Omarzai, was the last trick the Punjab Kings had up their sleeves. With every batter hitting Mohit for a six with sheer force, the pair also scored eighteen runs off the penultimate over that he bowled. Darshan Nalkande, who hadn’t bowled an over before, was assigned the final over when the equation boiled down to seven.

Singh had good fortune as he managed to get an outside edged boundary before slyly slipping a leg-bye off the penultimate ball, even though he dismissed Sharma caught at far on.

The game, which had normally plodded along on a straight path with the Titans leading all the way until the Kings crept back in, came to an exciting finish as a result.

Gill establishes and maintains it

Shubman Gill was present throughout the entire innings, albeit not as commanding. He faced just 48 balls in total during his 20 overs at bat. However, it was filled with a few striking images. The left-arm spinner’s opening six balls were as smooth as they came from lofts below the earth.

Then, utilizing Arshdeep Singh’s angle across, a deliberate outside edge was finely sliced. In addition, he would loft Kagiso Rabada straight down the ground for a six once before pulling him over for another. Off a slower ball, he would also forehand slap the ball down the ground for a four, creating yet another boundary. All of these showed that there weren’t many demons on the pitch and that Gill could hit a wide variety of shots on his way to his IPL 2024 record-breaking 89*.

Gujarat batsmen support Gill

Gill saw that the others were performing admirably on the other end for his entire inning.Even while Wriddhiman Saha and Kane Williamson—who was substituting for the injured David Miller in his first IPL 2024 match—did not stick around for very long, they were able to piece together stands valued at 29 and 40. Playing with more purpose this time, Sai Sudharsan at one point match Gill shot-for-shot in his 19-ball 33 that included six boundaries. However, he led Harshal Patel to the wicketkeeper, ending his cameo. Gujarat needed a spark going into the final overs, and Rahul Tewatia delivered, although while savoring some amicable full tosses that helped him reach an 8-ball 23.

And even though Gill was 11 runs short of a century, his team had reached over 200, which would prove to be far more than just a challenge for Punjab Kings.

Noor Ahmed reverses the situation

Punjab was still in the chase after losing Shikhar Dhawan early on when he chopped off Umesh Yadav’s opening ball because of Jonny Baairstow’s early barrage of boundaries. The opening started by regularly pinging the cover boundary, with Azmatullah Omarzai providing some width. The daring Prabhsimran Singh gave him some encouragement, but things quickly turned around.To startle Punjab, Noor Ahmed bowled Bairstow through the gate with his opening ball and had Singh caught at point off an outside edge. Punjab then found enough firepower in their lower middle-order to clinch a thrilling victory.

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