Vijay Shankar supplied the finishing kick to enable Gujarat Titans to a mammoth 204/4 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. The all-rounder from Tamil Nadu went berserk in the last two overs, helping the Titans pilfer as many as 45 runs.
Shankar received the strike on the second ball of the penultimate over and let an opportunity slip as he failed to connect a slow and wide delivery from Thakur. However, destruction began soon enough with a lusty blow over deep midwicket, arguably the shot of the day. Having brought up his half-century off just 21 deliveries, Shankar seemed to grow in confidence and dispatched the next ball over long-on by relying on timing rather than brute force. The 32-year-old razed Thakur’s figures further with another clean strike en route wide long-on.
Shankar ended unbeaten on 63 off 24 deliveries, his whirlwind knock laced with four boundaries and five maximums.
A hat-trick of MAXIMUMS, ft. @vijayshankar260 🔥 🔥
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