The Gujarat Titans (GT) clinched a memorable 7-run victory over the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the match 30 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 held at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow on Saturday.
Gujarat Titans won the toss and opted to bat first. Lucknow Super Giants found early success with the wicket of Shubman Gill who was caught by Ravi Bishnoi in the second over off Krunal Pandya’s bowling. LSG continued to keep things tight with the ball as GT reached 40/1 at the end of 6 overs.
GT skipper Hardik Pandya joined forces with wicket-keeper batter Wriddhiman Saha. Hardik Pandya injected momentum into the innings with his attacking strokes while Wriddhiman Saha kept the scoreboard ticking. But Krunal Pandya claimed his second wicket of the innings to put an end to Saha’s 47-run knock.
In the next over, Amit Mishra got Abhinav Manohar caught out. Naveen-ul-Haq then cleaned up Vijay Shankar to claim his maiden wicket in the IPL. GT reached 102/4 at the end of 17 overs. Captain Hardik Pandya reached his half-century by attacking Bishnoi in the 18th over. Marcus Stoinis dismissed the GT skipper in the last with GT ended up a target of 136 for LSG.
Chasing 136, Lucknow Super Giants openers – KL Rahul and Kyle Mayers provided a positive start to the side. KL Rahul attacked the pacer in the second over of his spell to smash a hat-trick of boundaries. The duo smashed 16 runs in the fifth over as LSG moved to 53/0 at the end of powerplay. But Rashid Khan knocked the stumps of Kyle Mayers (24).
Krunal Pandya joined KL Rahul in the middle and they took LSG to 80/1 at the half-way mark. LSG touched 100 runs in the 14th over as KL Rahul crossed his half-century. However, Krunal Pandya was out stumped at the other end off Noor Ahmad’s bowling. The panic levels increased for the home side as they lost the wicket of Nicholas Pooran.
With 17 required off the final two overs, GT took advantage of the pressure mounted on the LSG batters. Mohit Sharma dismissed KL Rahul and Marcus Stoinis in a dramatic turnaround for GT, who clinched the game by 7 runs. Brief Scores: Gujarat Titans 135/6 (Hardik Pandya 66, Wriddhiman Saha 47; Krunal Pandya 2/16) beat Lucknow Super Giants 128/7 (KL Rahul 68, Kyle Mayers 24; Mohit Sharma 2/17).