Pandya, Mukund guide Gujarat Titans to 162/7.

Mumbai, April 11 : Hardik Pandya’s unbeaten fighting fifty and Abhinav Mukund’s 35 of 21 balls guided Gujarat Titans to 162/7 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match here at DY Patil Stadium on Monday. Gujarat had a flying start as they scored 17 runs in the very first over but they lost three wickets in quick succession. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave a big breakthrough to Sunrisers by replacing in-form Shubhman Gill cheaply for 7 in the third over. In the sixth over, T Natarajan cleaned up Sai Sudharsan for the score of 11 and Gujarat were reduced to 57/2 in the powerplay. A couple of overs later Umran Malik got rid of Mathew Wade (19). Then skipper Pandya and David Miller stabilised the innings with a 40-run partnernship for the fourth wicket before Marco Jansen dismissed Miller (12). After Miller’s dismissal, Pandya and Mukund stitched a 50-run partnership to take Gujarat to a fighting total. After being dropped thrice, Mukund (35) was dismissed by Bhuneshwar in the penultimate over. With just two balls left in the innings, Rahul Tewatia got run-out and in the next ball Pandya brought up his fifth IPL fifty in 42 deliveries. On the final ball Natarajan bowled Rashid Khan for a duck to restrict Titans to 162/7. While Bhuvneshwar and Natarajan bagged two wickets each, Jansen and Malik got one wicket apiece. BAV RKM

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