IPL 2022: Really proud of the boys, says Pandya after Titans grab playoffs spot

Shubman Gill's fourth half-century this season also helped the first-placed Titans to a ninth win in 12 games in their maiden season



Krunal Pandya of the Lucknow Super Giants is stumped by Gujarat Titans wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha during the IPL match on Tuesday. (BCCI)
Krunal Pandya of the Lucknow Super Giants is stumped by Gujarat Titans wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha during the IPL match on Tuesday. (BCCI)

By AP

Published: Tue 10 May 2022, 11:59 PM

Rashid Khan took 4-24 as Gujarat Titans beat Lucknow Super Giants by 62 runs at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Tuesday and became the first team to qualify for the Indian Premier League playoffs.

Khan’s burst in 3.5 overs helped bowl out Lucknow for a paltry 82 runs (13.5 overs) after Gujarat had scored 144-4 (20 overs).

Shubman Gill’s fourth half-century this season also helped the first-placed Titans to a ninth win in 12 games in their maiden season.

“Really proud of the boys. When we started this journey together, we obviously believed in ourselves, but before the 14th game to have qualified, it’s a great effort and really proud of us,” Titans skipper Hardik Pandya said.

It was Lucknow’s first loss in five games. The second-placed team need to win one of their remaining two games to seal a playoff spot.

Chasing 145 for victory, Lucknow lost both in-form openers cheaply. Skipper Lokesh Rahul (8) was caught behind off Mohammed Shami (1-5).

Yash Dhawal struck twice in removing Quinton de Kock (11) and then youngster Karan Sharma (4) as Lucknow struggled to 33-3.

Thereafter, it was the Rashid Khan show as the Afghanistan leg-spinner ran through Lucknow’s middle and lower order.

First, he had Krunal Pandya (5) stumped. Later, Deepak Hooda holed out in the 13th over, with Jason Holder trapped lbw for a first-ball duck.

In between, Marcus Stoinis’ (2) run-out didn’t help matters.

Avesh Khan was last man out, caught behind off Khan, as Lucknow lost their last seven wickets for 49 runs.

Hooda top-scored with 27 off 26 balls and was the only Lucknow batsman to cross the 20-run mark.

It was the second-lowest score in the IPL season, after Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 68 all out against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Earlier, Gujarat had opted to bat after winning the toss.

They lost opener Wriddhiman Saha (5) cheaply, but Gill held the innings together with an anchoring knock.

Gill scored 63 not out off 49 balls, including seven fours, as Gujarat battled to a sub-par score on a two-paced Pune wicket. He was named man of the match for his batting effort.

Lucknow pacers once again throttled opposition batsmen. Avesh Khan took 2-26, while Mohsin Khan (1-18) and Jason Holder (1-41) took a wicket each.

Avesh Khan had dismissed both Matthew Wade (10) and Hardik Pandya (11) to reduce Gujarat to 51-3.

Gill put up 52 runs with David Miller (26) and then another 41 runs off 24 balls with Rahul Tewatia (22 not out) to take Gujarat to a fighting total.


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