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PBKS Surpass MI to Register Elite Record in IPL History

• 08 Apr, 24 • by Gaurav Sauran
PBKS Surpass MI to Register Elite Record in IPL History

The Punjab Kings (PBKS) edged out a thrilling three-wicket victory over the Gujarat Titans (GT) in a nail-biting encounter at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This win wasn’t just about securing two crucial points; it propelled PBKS into the record books of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

 

While GT set a challenging target of 200 runs, thanks to an unbeaten knock of 89 runs by Shubman Gill, the Kings emerged victorious in the final over. This win holds immense significance as PBKS now holds the record for the most successful chases of 200+ targets in IPL history! They’ve surpassed the mighty Mumbai Indians, who previously held the record with five such chases. Here’s a breakdown of the record:

 

 Most successful chases of 200+ targets in IPL:

6 — Punjab Kings (current record holders!)

5 — Mumbai Indians

3 (tied) — Kolkata Knight Riders & Chennai Super Kings

 

The chase itself was a rollercoaster ride for PBKS. After losing their skipper Shikhar Dhawan early, the onus fell on Jonny Bairstow and Prabhsimran Singh to steady the ship.  While the middle order, including Sam Curran and Sikandar Raza, couldn’t capitalize, two unexpected heroes emerged – Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma.

 

Singh, a rookie, played a fearless knock, smashing a brilliant 61 runs off just 29 balls. His innings was peppered with six fours and four sixes, showcasing some serious power-hitting. Ashutosh Sharma, another youngster, played a crucial supporting role with a knock of 31 runs off 17 balls, including three boundaries and a six. Their partnership in the death overs took PBKS over the finish line with a single ball to spare, leaving the GT players stunned.

 

This victory is a testament to the depth in the PBKS batting line-up. While established stars like Dhawan and Bairstow couldn’t convert their starts, youngsters like Singh and Sharma stepped up to the challenge. This win not only strengthens their position in the points table but also serves as a warning to other teams – never underestimate the fighting spirit of the Punjab Kings!

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