GT vs PBKS, IPL 2024 turning point: Young rookies Shashank, Ashutosh unlikely heroes in Kings’ thrilling win

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New Delhi: Punjab Kings rode on a match-winning partnership between the uncapped Indian duo of Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma to eke out a thrilling victory against Gujarat Titans in Match 17 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Labouring at 111/5 in the 13th over, Punjab were rescued by Shashank’s magnificent knock under pressure. The 32-year-old former Sunrisers Hyderabad batter played an unbeaten 61-run knock of 29 balls including six boundaries and four maximums.

Punjab’s lower-middle order showed grit and character as the last four wickets added 130 runs to turn the tables on the Titans, who looked favourites after dismantling the Kings’ top order. The victory could act as a mas

Shashank was involved in three crucial partnerships in the lower-middle order. He first added 41 off 22 with Sikander Raza, then stitched a 19-ball 39-run stand with Jitesh Sharma and then combined hands with Ashutosh to add 43 runs in 22 balls for the seventh wicket to take the Kings over the line in the final over. Ashutosh’s 17-ball 31, laced with three boundaries and a six, was also crucial to PBKS’ successful chase.

Gill’s superb knock in vain

Gill played a captain’s knock and cracked an unbeaten half-century to power the Titans to a strong total after being sent into bat by PBKS skipper Shikhar Dhawan. Sai Sudarshan continued his superb scoring run with another useful contribution of 33 runs as GT registered a massive 199 for 4 at home.

Gill’s 89 off just 48 deliveries oozed with class and elegance. He carried the bat and hit six boundaries four maximums and a 53-run stand for the third wicket with Sudarshan.

Earlier, Dhawan won the toss and elected to field first in front of a packed house in Ahmedabad. PBKS brought in Sikandar Raza in place of injured Liam Livingstone, while Titans replaced David Miller with Kane Williamson.

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