Gujarat Titans beat Lucknow, become 1st team to qualify for playoffs
- Gujarat Titans defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 62 runs on Tuesday
- Opting to bat first, Hardik Pandya-led GT posted 144 for 4
- Chasing the target, KL Rahul-led LSG were all out for 82 in 13.5 overs
Opting to bat first, Hardik Pandya-led GT posted 144 for 4 with opener Shubman Gill top-scoring for them with a 63 not out off 49 balls. David Miller chipped in with 26. Rahul Tewatia (22 not out off 16 balls) smashed Jason Holder for three boundaries in the final over to take the score close to the 150-run mark.
For Lucknow, Avesh Khan took two wickets for 26 runs while Mohsin Khan (1/18) and Jason Holder (1/44) got wickets each.
Chasing the target, KL Rahul-led LSG were all out for 82 in 13.5 overs. Deepak Hooda top-scored for the side with 27 runs.
For GT, Rashid Khan took four wickets for 24 runs. With this, he became the third player to take 450 T20 wickets. Yash Dayal (2/24) and R Sai Kishore (2/7) picked up two wickets each for Gujarat.
"It looked like a tricky wicket, that's how it's played here for the last 2 or 3 games that we have played here. We knew it was a low-scoring game, we knew it was a tricky and challenging pitch, we bowled really well. Restricting a team under 150 on any pitch is commendable and the bowlers did their job. We should have batted a lot better. Some poor shot selections, a run-out didn't help, good learning for us, hopefully we can learn from a loss like this," KL Rahul said.
Brief Scores: Gujarat Titans: 144 for 4 in 20 overs (Shubman Gill 63 not out; Avesh Khan 2/26).
Lucknow Super Giants: 82 all out in 13.5 overs (Deepak Hooda 27; Rashid Khan 4/24).