Gujarat Titans (GT), on Tuesday, defeated Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 62 runs at Pune’s MCA Stadium to storm into the playoffs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Opener Shubman Gill and all-rounder Rashid Khan were the chief architects of a sensational victory for Gujarat, who had lost back-to-back matches before this contest.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Gujarat lost three wickets early on a slow track where run-making looked quite challenging. Shubman, however, stood tall and played an anchor role to make sure his side reached a competitive score. The right-handed batter carried his bat, smashing an unbeaten 63 from 49 deliveries with the help of seven boundaries.
David Miller and Rahul Tewatia chipped in with valuable contributions to help GT post 144/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Miller scored 26 off 24 balls, while Tewatia made an unbeaten 22 from 16 deliveries.
In response, Lucknow never looked like they were in any control whatsoever as they kept losing wickets at quick successions to eventually get bundled out for 82 in 13.5 overs, losing the match by a big margin of 62 runs. Deepak Hooda, with 27 off 26 balls, was their highest run scorer.
For Gujarat, Rashid completely dominated the proceedings picking up a brilliant 4-wicket haul while conceding 24 runs in 3.5 overs. Apart from the Afghanistan superstar, uncapped Yash Dayal (2/24) and Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore (2/7) bagged a couple of scalps each.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) May 10, 2022
Tough wicket to bat on but very well played @ShubmanGill showing great signs of maturity 👍
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 10, 2022
— Shubman Gill (@ShubmanGill) May 10, 2022
Nice to have the ‘Q’ next to our name 😃 Well done to everyone on achieving our first objective in this new franchise in our very first season 💪 Proud of all the boys and the work we’ve put in ❤️❤️ @gujarat_titans pic.twitter.com/AbNVBfEzQv
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) May 10, 2022
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) May 10, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) May 10, 2022
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2022
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) May 10, 2022
— Rahmanullah Gurbaz (@RGurbaz_21) May 10, 2022
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) May 10, 2022
Congratulations @gujarat_titans on qualifying for IPL play offs. First team to do this in this year’s IPL. Many had their doubts over them but their captain, players, coaches and support staff truly nailed it. #GTvsLSG #TATAIPL2022 pic.twitter.com/4Y243o66qq
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) May 10, 2022
Gujaratis on top. Many congratulations to the franchise and the team for qualifying for the playoffs. Bowling was top class! @gujarat_titans
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 10, 2022
Delighted for @gujarat_titans – A tale of second chances. A team made around experience not hype, basics over matchups. Expecting LSG to bounce back and cruise into the playoffs too. But congratulations GT, the team and management for a stellar show so far #GTvLSG
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) May 10, 2022
— Lucknow Super Giants (@LucknowIPL) May 10, 2022