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156/9 (20)
GT won by 8 runs.
Player of the match: Rashid Khan
 
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Rashid Khan has been declared Player of the Match for his outstanding spell of 2/22 off his 4 overs.
Gujarat Titans 156/9 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 67 off 49, Andre Russell 4/5 off 1 over) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 148/8 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 48 off 25, Mohammed Shami 2/20 off 4 overs) by 8 runs.

Let's put it out there - this is a mad tournament. This is a mad format. This is a mad sport. Frenzy at its peak - we are running out of fingernails at this rate!

First, it was the madness towards the back end of the first innings that saw Gujarat Titans fall like a house of cards with Andre Russell bagging four in an over. And then, it was the Kolkata Knight Riders' turn to collapse but at the top of the order.

Sam Billings couldn't do much despite a change in position and with wickets falling one after another, the Knights were seeing darkness in front of them. More so, when skipper Shreyas Iyer nicked behind off Yash Dayal, leaving the side reeling at 34/4 one delivery post the Powerplay came to a close.

Rinku Singh then chipped in with a brisk 35 and in the company of Venkatesh Iyer, restored some stability to the innings. KKR didn't have Pat Cummins to fall back on this time meaning that the duo had to carry on for long before passing the baton over to Andre Russell.

A needless slog sweep from Venkatesh and a hack across the line from Rinku though brought about their downfall. And then it happened - Russell heaved one into the hands of deep backward square leg...except that Yash Dayal overstepped!

And Russell was keen to make him and the Titans pay. He went after the bowling without a care for the world and with Umesh Yadav swinging one over long on as well, KKR were in the hunt. As long as Russell was out there, it was always KKR's game to lose - even with 18 needed off the last over and after some outstanding execution in the death overs by Lockie Ferguson and Dayal.

But then came the moment that GT were after - a six off the first ball was followed by Ferguson plucking a scorcher in the deep to draw the curtains down on Russell's stay. It was Russell or nothing for KKR and eventually, Alzarri Joseph held his nerve to take the Titans across the finish line and atop the points table, bringing yet another humdinger of a contest to a close.

It had all the ebbs and flows this contest. And loads of drama as well! Wickets, runs, a wicket off a no ball and thrilling cricket of the highest order. Mind you, the Titans had to do without Hardik Pandya's presence during the second half of their defense as well but with Rashid Khan stepping into his shoes and head coach Ashish Nehra constantly in his ears near the boundary ropes, they made it click. This is a new franchise and a new team, but jeez, they are brimming with belief and confidence through and through!

This result has taken Gujarat Titans to 12 points as they sit comfortably perched atop the points table. As for Kolkata Knight Riders, their season is starting to slip away with four losses on the trot now. Their batting woes are reaching a point of no end and they have to find a solution quickly before they run out of time for the playoffs race.
A titanic tussle! And it's the Titans who trump the Knights! They've held their nerve and despite the tall ordeal of bowling to big Andre Russell, it's his national teammate Alzarri Joseph who holds his nerve. What a game, what a thriller! Gujarat Titans beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 runs to go top of the table!
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148 /8 score
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cricket bat icon Umesh Yadav *
15 (15)
cricket bat icon Tim Southee
1 (1)
cricket ball icon Alzarri Joseph
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19.6 Alzarri Joseph to Umesh Yadav, DOESN'T CONNECT! Gujarat Titans go past the line and they top the table with the win. Length delivery on the off-stump, Umesh has a big swing, completely mistimes it down to mid-off, they don't bother taking the run.
Superlative from Joseph! The Titans fans are jubilant. Just one legal delivery and they're home.
19.5 Alzarri Joseph to Umesh Yadav, BRILLIANT BUMPER! Short into Umesh, backing away he looks to pull but misses, through to Saha. Square-leg umpire confirms that's one for the over!
Ferguson is everywhere. You can't keep him out of the action. 9 to win off 2...
19.4 Alzarri Joseph to Umesh Yadav, OH! Short delivery on the off-stump, Umesh gets a top edge, flies well over the keeper's head, they scamper through for a brace, Ferguson comes around to cut it off. Need 9 off 2 now!
Third man is inside the inner ring.
Two good balls. That's what Joseph must be telling himself. 11 needed off 3...
19.3 Alzarri Joseph to Tim Southee, short on the off-stump, Southee backs away, sits deep inside the crease and pulls it down to long-on, gets just a single. Can Umesh Yadav connect a couple to take KKR home?
Tim Southee, RHB, comes to the crease. He will take strike.
LACHLAN HAMMOND FERGUSON! REMEMBER THE NAME! Is that the game in the bag?
19.2 Alzarri Joseph to Andre Russell, OUT! BLINDER OF A CATCH FROM FERGUSON, DRE RUSS HAS TO GO! What a bumper that from Joseph, short and dug into the track, Dre Russ goes to pull that one awkwardly, gets a top edge down to fine-leg, Ferguson almost overran it but then judges at the last second to perfection and holds on to a stunning catch! Is that the game for Titans?
Andre Russell c Lockie Ferguson b Alzarri Joseph 48 (25b 1x4 6x6)
Third man up inside the inner ring.
Oh you freak Andre Russell! 12 to win off 5. Hardik Pandya's getting restless now...
19.1 Alzarri Joseph to Andre Russell, SIX! MY GOODNESS! Full toss, Joseph misses out on the yorker big time. Dre Russ pounces on it as he SMOKES it over long-on for a maximum. Joseph under the pump straight away!
Deep point, deep square leg and deep mid-wicket in place.