Leaders Gujarat fall to Punjab's Rabada

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A four-wicket haul from Kagiso Rabada, and batting fireworks from Liam Livingstone, have helped Punjab Kings beat the leaders Gujarat Titans by eight wickets in the Indian Premier League.

Rabada's 4-33 ensured Gujarat produced a sub-par batting performance on a two-paced DY Patil Stadium pitch on Tuesday. The Titans finished with only 8-143 in 20 overs.

In reply, Shikhar Dhawan scored 62 not out off 53 balls as he anchored Punjab to a comfortable win to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Livingstone then thrashed 28 off the 16th over bowled by Mohammad Shami, smashing three sixes in a row along with two fours. One six carried 117 metres, the biggest hit in the IPL this season.

Chasing 144, Punjab lost Jonny Bairstow cheaply. He was out for just one run after being promoted to open the batting as skipper Mayank Agarwal held himself back.

Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajpaksa (40 off 28 balls) didn't let the Titans' attack make further inroads and put on 87 runs off 58 balls.

With Livingstone in a hurry as Punjab won with four overs to spare.

The Titans had opted to bat first but their innings was soon in disarray. Shubman Gill was run out for nine and Hardik Pandya was caught behind for one run.

At the other end, Rabada worked his swing, dismissing Wriddhiman Saha (21).

Livingstone chipped in with David Miller's wicket as Gujarat was reduced to 4-67 in 11.2 overs without recovery in sight.

When Rahul Tewatia was caught off Rabada for just 11 runs off 13 balls, the writing was on the wall for the Titans.

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