Gujarat Titans (GT) registered an eight-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 35th match of IPL 2022 and strengthened their lead in the points-table. GT captain Hardik Pandya notched up his third half-century of the season but Tim Southee and Andre Russell restricted their opposition to 156/9 in 20 overs.

In reply, the Knight Riders could manage only 148/8, with Russell being their top-scorer. The Trinidadian hammered six sixes in his 25-ball 48. He was aided for a while by Umesh Yadav, who too swung his bat around quite a bit in the death bowlers.

For GT, Mohammed Shami bowled brilliantly and returned with miserly figures of 2 for 20.

Brief Scores: Gujarat Titans 156-9 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 67, David Miller 27; Andre Russell 4/5, Tim Southee 3/24) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 148-8 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 48, Rinku Singh 35; Mohammed Shami 2-20, Rashid Khan 2-22) by 8 runs.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

That’s a top all-round performance by Dre Russ! Took @KKRiders close to the finish line, but couldn’t see it all the way through! Great stuff @Russell12A 👌👌👌 @gujarat_titans is sitting comfortably at the top of the table 👏👏 #IPL2022 #GTvKKR

— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 23, 2022

Barring the impossible, @gujarat_titans have all but ensured the Top 4 ticket #GTvsKKR

— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) April 23, 2022

Four in the final over!!!! Andre Russell at the death!! Woah! 🔥 What a damn over! Brilliant! #KKRvGT

— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) April 23, 2022

Gujarat Titans looking team to beat, strong in batting and bowling

— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 23, 2022

Andre Russell took 5 wickets in 2 overs at death v MI last year.
Today Russell became the first bowler to take 4 wickets in the 20th over in IPL

— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) April 23, 2022

Indian fans would be delighted to see Hardik Pandya back in form

But can’t say the same about ‘Mumbai Indians’ fans after they released him. #KKRvsGT #TATAIPL

— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) April 23, 2022

Other KKR bowlers vs Russell 😅 #GTvKKR #IPL2022

— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 23, 2022

Ohhh Dre Russ… no fuss! Four-for-5-in-6! Simply sensational matey 👏🔥 @Russell12A #IPL2022

— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) April 23, 2022

Talk about taking a pressure catch….Lockie Ferguson 👏🏽👏🏽 @gujarat_titans some how finding a way to put themselves in positions to win #IPL2022 #GTvKKR

— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) April 23, 2022

It’s not easy for a bowler to hold his nerves, especially against power hitting. Well done #AlzarriJoseph and #GujaratTitans #KKRvsGT #ipl2022 #CricketTwitter

— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 23, 2022

Chant after us: Jeetega bhai Jeetega, 𝑮𝑻 𝒋𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒈𝒂! 💙#SeasonOfFirsts #AavaDe #KKRvGT

— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) April 23, 2022

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