Gujarat Titans the defending TATA IPL champions took on Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. Both the teams came into the game on the back of varied run of results. Gujarat Titans were so far unbeaten in the tournament winning both their games. Kolkata Knight Riders meanwhile, came into the game after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 81 runs in their previous game. The two time champs had lost their first game of the season to Punjab Kings.
The story as it happened –
Gujarat Titans won the toss and chose to field as Hardik Pandya missed the game due to illness. Rashid Khan was named as the captain as the 29 year old Pandya was replaced by Vijay Shankar. The 32 year old from Tamil Nadu was dropped for the last game.
Vijay Shankar hits Shardul Thakur for back to back sixes –
32 year old Vijay Shankar last played for India during the 2019 World Cup in the game against West Indies. During the final over of the Gujarat Titans innings, Vijay Shankar decided to flex his arms and go hammer and tongs at Shardul Thakur.
The 3rd ball of the 20th over saw Shankar hit Thakur hit over the deep mid wicket for a big six. This got him his half century in just 21 balls, the 4th ball saw yet another six this time in the same region as the previous delivery. The 5th ball of the over went for 3rd six of the over.
Forgettable day with the ball for Thakur –
Shardul Thakur was the player who turned the game around for Kolkata Knight Riders in their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 31 year old scored a quickfire half century to just when the two times champs were in trouble. Thakur had also taken a wicket to play a key role in the win. It was a different result on Sunday as Thakur was hit for 40 runs from 3 wicketless overs.
Career best score for Shankar –
Speaking of Vijay Shankar the 32 year old scored 63 unbeaten runs 24 balls with 4 fours and 5 huge sixes. The 63 not out was his best score in the TATA IPL and also his 4th half century. Shankar and his Tamil Nadu team mate Sai Sudarshan with 53 helped Gujarat Titans reach 204.
Twitter reacts –
Cricket fans took to Twitter to have their say on the brutal final over hitting by Vijay Shankar and you can read all the tweets below.
It's impossible to stop vijay shankar form in wc year😂pic.twitter.com/YwzcjtVeFL— 82off53 (@trishank_vk) April 9, 2023
Vijay Shankar smashed lord shardul for 3 sixes in a row. #GujratTitans— Masala Dose - ಮಸಾಲೆ ದೋಸೆ (@DosaSpeaks) April 9, 2023
Vijay Shankar 22*(13) at the 18th over.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 9, 2023
Vijay Shankar 63*(24) after the 20th over. pic.twitter.com/Jljtvhxxro
Vijay shankar to shardul : Thank you anna nee valla 4 ipls lo kanidi okka over lo vachindi... pic.twitter.com/MB051ovHQ5— Don Stranger (@aaparichituudu) April 9, 2023
Ab ye vijay shankar kb se pelne lga#GTvsKKR— British Meena (@UrsBritish) April 9, 2023
What is this season of #IPL2023— 👑Dhruvin Panchamia💖👑 (@Dhruvin_04) April 9, 2023
The other day ShardulThakur, yesterday AjinkyaRahane, today VijayShankar
Redeemption season of all 😭
All of them striking at nearly 200+ 😂😂
Hahah cup vijay shankar uthayega😂— ⓡⓐⓝⓙⓗⓐ 🇺🇸 (@MundafromUsa121) April 9, 2023
bhai kya pitai kri vijay shankar ne ye banda nhi solo vs squard hai vijay vs kkr 🐐— Ṩhͥนbͣhͫ (@shubhxdead) April 9, 2023
KKR can’t chase this in 2 innings combined— Syed Irfan Ahmad (@Iam_SyedIrfan) April 9, 2023