Ranchi: Standing on the threshold of victory gujarat giants Was defeated by Manipal Tigers in the last three overs. In these three overs, Manipal’s batsmen could not withstand the pressure of Gujarat’s bowlers. Gujarat lost six wickets for nine runs in the last three overs and lost the match by 10 runs. While chasing the target of 174 given by Manipal Tigers, Gujarat Giants could only score 163/9 runs. captain of gujarat giants Parthiv Patel Won the toss and invited the opposition team to bat.
Manipal suffered initial setbacks
After a brilliant start, Manipal Tigers opener Chadwick Walton (17) was out LBW by Rayad Emrit at the team score of 24. After this, Hamilton Mosqueda showed his aggressive attitude and increased the run pace. But he fell victim to Rajat Bhatia in the seventh over due to which the score reached 66/2. Maskajda scored 37 runs in 18 balls with the help of two sixes and five fours.
Rajat Uthappa was let go
But Rajat was ready to do wonders with the silver ball. He dismissed set batsman Robin Uthappa (23 runs) in the very next over, taking the scorecard to 83/3. Sarbjit Ladda also supported Rajat Bhatia very well and restricted the momentum of the opposition team. Meanwhile, Ladda took the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme (8 runs) on the team score of 91. Rajat forced half the team to struggle at 104 by bowling Kyle Kortz (9 runs) in the third over of his spell and in the 13th over of the innings.
Harbhajan Singh’s brilliant bowling
Johnson, who was proving expensive in his very first over, expressed satisfaction by bowling Amitos (6 runs). Thisara Perera (32 runs on 17 balls), who was wreaking havoc at the other end, was dismissed by Ishwar Chaudhary and the score was 145/7. Trent Johnson made Harbhajan Singh (3 runs) his second victim. With unbeaten Imran Khan (16 runs) and Praveen Kumar (7 runs), Manipal Tigers scored 173/8 runs in the stipulated twenty overs. Rajat Bhatia (3/31) took maximum three wickets while Trent Johnson (2/33) took two wickets.
Opening partnership of 75 runs between Gayle and Kallis
Chasing the target, Chris Gayle and Jacques Kallis got off to a fast start and added 75 runs. In the seventh over, bowler Imran Khan gave the first blow to Gujarat Giants by taking the wicket of Gayle to control the situation. Gayle scored 38 runs on 24 balls. After this, captain Harbhajan took over the bowling and in his first spell sent back Richard Levi (5) and Kevin O’Brien (9) in two consecutive overs and the score became 99/3.
Parthiv made a partnership of 55 runs with Kallis
The 55-run partnership between new batsman captain Parthiv Patel and Jacques Kallis had taken the team closer to victory. Then Parvinder Awana showed the way to the pavilion to Jacques Kallis (56) and Chirag Khurana (2) in the same over. Kallis hit eight fours in his brilliant innings of 41 balls. With 158/7, Gujarat Giants were in danger of defeat as Thisara Perera dismissed Patel (35) and Trent Johnson (0) in the 19th over of the innings.
Awana took 4 wickets
Awana managed to restrict Gujarat Giants to 163/9 by dismissing Rayad Emrit and Sarbjit Ladda without opening the account in the last over of the innings. Awana (4/19) took maximum four wickets while Thisara Perera (2/6) and Harbhajan Singh (2/12) took two wickets each.