With their eighth win of the season, the top Titans solidified the top spot as they now have 16 points from 11 games, three more than the second-placed Chennai Super Kings (13 from 11 games). . LSG suffered a fifth loss, but remained third on the scoreboard with 11 points from 11 games.
As It Happened: Gujarat Titans vs Lucknow Super Giants
First, the Titans posted a 227 mammoth for 2 rides on the amazing batting from their opening game. Shubman carries (94 not out) and Wriddhiman Saha (81) when the duo added 142 runs to build the foundation for the grand total.
The Titans pitchers then blocked LSG at 171 to 7 in their 20 rounds to score a big win.
Chasing 228, the LSG advanced to a strong 102 for one halfway but eventually the wheels popped, with the GT taking out those hitting them with tight overdrives.
Despite Quinton de Kock’s excellent 70 in his first game of the season and Kyle Mayers’ nimble 48 at the top, the middleweight LSG collapsed in the face of a mountain chase to concede a goal in the competition. .
LSG knocks out the target 50 times in just four passes as both Mayers and de Kock find momentum.
While Mayers started with three consecutive fourth rounds against Hardik Pandya in the second round, the third round from Mohammad Shami yielded 19 runs with de Kock hitting a few rounds and Mayers getting six and four.
The Mayers were also very strict with Rashid Khan in the fifth round, hitting him with a score of six and four to collect 14 runs as LSG hit 72 without losing after the power match.
LSG captain Krunal Pandya, left, walks to congratulate GT captain Hardik Pandya on their win. (AP photo)
However, a brilliant catch from Rashid in the ninth inning broke LSG’s opening position at 88.
The Afghan crossed 26 yards from deep square and kept the ball while swooping to the right, knocking out Mayers with 48 of Mohit Sharma’s 32 (7×4, 2×6) balls.
But de Kock continued to thrive, sending Hardik’s powerful strike through midwicket six to take LSG to 102 in one inning.
Meanwhile, this horrifying IPL bout continued with Deepak Hooda (11), who managed to hit doubles for just the third time in 10 innings, but hit a total throw that sent Shami straight. deep into the middle of the field.
LSG couldn’t hit even a single ball in the 11-14 scoreline as Gujarat took control.
Marcus Stoinis (4) did not give in when Mohit caught him in the short third in the 15th round.
LSG slipped further as Rashid cleared de Kock with a score of 70, making 41 balls with three sixs and seven fours, while Nicholas Pooran (3) fell to Noor Ahmad.
Before that, Gill’s 94 undefeated and Saha’s brutal 81 knocked out the Gujarat Titans 227 to two – the fourth-highest total this season.
Saha and Gill went to great lengths to add 142 runs for the first racquet in just 12.1 rounds, setting the franchise record for the highest partnership for any racquet, as LSG had no time to rest despite deploying eight pitchers into attack.
It is also the second best position for any team and for any racquet in this IPL, while for the Gujarat Titans the total score is their highest ever in the IPL since. since its debut last season.
Saha hit a total of four sixs and 10 fours to make his runs from 43 balls while Gill finished close to what should have been a splendid first century IPL, hitting seven sixs and two fours on his 51-ball shot.
The Gujarat Titans also improved their overall record of most runs in the power game.
Having hit 65 points against the Chennai Super Kings here in their season opener, the Saha-Gill pair stormed forward to add 78 runs in the first six rounds, scoring 13 times each.
Saha quickly broke out of the block to put pressure on the away pitchers, hitting Mohsin Khan in a few innings and Avesh Khan with six and four in the first two innings.
The Gujarat hitter hit Mohsin in the left-hander’s second round, hitting him several six and four each to take the defending champion past the 50-run mark in four round.
Gill, so far steady on the other end, hit a long six against Krunal Pandya and in the late game of power Saha took home 50 balls from just 20 with six before Yash Thakur.
Saha and Gill’s match of the century moved ahead in ninth place with the latter hitting Ravi Bishnoi from the inside out for six points.
Saha looks ready for his second IPL century – his first came 9 years ago at IPL 2014 – but a sharp catch in the deep mid lane by substitute Prerak Mankad before Avesh finished his attack.
GT captain Hardik Pandya played a helpful cameo as he hit the first and sixth halves to make 15 of 25 balls. David Miller hit a couple of innings four and six to produce 21 misses out of 12 balls.
(With input from PTI)