He should have been out for the Golden Duck. Instead, Shubhaman Gill emerged as the savior of the Gujarat Titans in his quest to return to winning ways in the Indian Premier League.
Rashid Khan, after signing another high-profile pre-auction, signed newcomer R. Sai teamed up with Kishore as the Titans rocked the Lucknow Super Giants and officially became the first of four teams in the IPL playoffs with a landslide victory in Maharashtra. Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.
On the surface helping the bounce, Gill carries his bat after being dropped by newcomer Karan Sharma in Mohsin Khan’s fiery first over. Once Mohammed Shami got KL Rahul’s number for the second time this season and left-arm fast bowler Yash Dayal struck twice.
Powerplay, the spinners were responsible for the Super Giants being bowled out for 82 in the 14th over, the second-lowest total of the season.
The win also justified captain Hardik Pandya’s decision to bat first as it was the sixth time in a row that a team at the venue had failed to score a goal.
When the Titans returned to style after losing their previous two games, the Super Giants’ four-match winning streak came to an abrupt end due to the defeat. When Rashid was attacked, Lucknow chased down 145 and were bowled out for 44 for three in seven overs.
As it happened
The Afghan was on top of all the Super Giants batsmen. Krunal Pandya had no clue against his googly, Jason Holder was quick to negotiate a quick leg, Deepak Hooda – convicted for running out Marcus Stoinis – tried to sweep top-aged Shami and Avesh Khan – after hitting two sixes to save the hat. -Tact – Riddhiman Saha’s inner edge.
Meanwhile, Sai Kishore ended his long wait for an IPL debut by taking one wicket in every two overs.
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Had it not been for Gill’s superb performance, the Titans would not have won so easily. Despite recalling Matthew Wade to strengthen his top order, the Titans were struggling for 51 for three in the 10th over. In addition to Wade, whose cheeky scoop resulted in him being caught behind Avesh Khan’s ball, in-form Riddhiman Saha and captain Hardik Pandya also fell cheap in certain pace packs of the Super Giants.
Fortunately for the Titans, David Miller continued his excellent touch. He adapted from being a finisher and rebuilt a stuttering innings with Gill. The duo added 52 off 41 balls and set the final for Gill and Rahul Tewatia.
While Tewatia did his job in the last over by hitting three fours off Jason Holder’s ball which went for 16, Gill continued to find the desired distance. Those gaps eventually turned out to be the difference at night.