On Monday, the IPL featured a match between two new teams, the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and the Gujarat Titans (GT). Gujarat led by 5 wickets until the last over of the match. Gujarat was given a 159-point target by Lucknow. Gujarat met their goal with two balls to spare.
Great moments in this match included Shami’s sensational spell, Rahul’s golden duck, Shubman Gill’s catch, Deepak Hooda’s fifty, and debutant Ayush’s fifty. A double attack from Sri Lanka Express Chamira, who plays for Lucknow, followed. But Tewatia and Miller’s partnership of 60 runs in 34 balls changed everything.
Highlights from the match between Gujarat and Lucknow
- HUDA and AYUSH saved Lucknow’s honor.
Lucknow had lost its first four wickets for a total of 29 runs. Deepak Duda and Ayush Badoni then put the team back in the game by adding 87 runs for the 5th wicket in 68 balls. After scoring 55 runs in 41 balls, Deepak was dismissed. In the IPL, this was his fourth fifty. Ayush also played a 54-run innings in 41 balls. Ayush made his IPL debut, scoring 50 runs. The 22-year-old youngster sent 7 balls outside the boundary during his innings.
- Hardik snatched his brother’s ball.
Hardik Pandya, the Gujarat captain, scored 33 runs off 28 balls before being dismissed by Krunal Pandya. Manish Pandey catches Hardik’s catch from afar. The unique aspect was Hardik’s return to the field after being thrown out on his own brother’s ball.
- Chamira took two wickets in the space of five balls.
Dushmant Chamira, a fast bowler from Lucknow, took two wickets in five balls for Gujarat. Shubman Gill (0) was bowled by Chamira on the third ball of her first over. Deepak Hooda, an extra cover, caught Gill’s catch. Chamira bowled Vijay Shankar (4) clean on the first ball of her next over.
- Shami’s incredible spell
With his dreadful deliveries, Mohammed Shami wreaked havoc in the Lucknow camp. Shami dismissed Lucknow captain KL Rahul for zero on the first ball of the over. After that, he bowled Quinton de Kock in his second over, causing a stir in the Lucknow dugout (7). In his third over, Shami also dismissed Manish Pandey (6).
Kapil is reminded by Shubman.
Shubman Gill took a fantastic catch of Evin Lewis on the third ball of the fourth over of Lucknow’s innings (10). Gill caught this catch at fine leg while running long on the ground. Shubman’s catch was reminiscent of Indian captain Kapil Dev’s catch in the 1983 World Cup. While sprinting towards the boundary line, Kapil also caught Sir Vivian Richards’ catch.
- For the second time in the IPL, Rahul was dismissed for a golden duck.
KL For the second time in the IPL, Rahul was unable to open an account. Rahul had been dismissed for a duck by Dhawal Kulkarni against Gujarat Lions in 2016, and he returned to the pavilion for 0 off Mohammed Shami in this match. Both times he got out on a golden duck and against Gujarat itself, he did something special. On the first ball, Rahul became the second IPL captain to be dismissed for zero. Brendon McCullum, who came before Rahul, was dismissed for a golden duck against RCB in 2009.
- Hardik takes over as toss master.
Winning the toss and choosing to bowl is the mantra for success on Wankhede’s red clay pitch. This pitch has a lot of bounce, which helps fast bowlers in the early innings. Umesh Yadav of KKR broke both the CSK openers cheaply and broke their backs in the first match of the season here. The Wankhede pitch favors big hitters, pacers, and swing bowlers. In the last 14 night matches played at this venue, the chasing team has won 11 of them. And it’s for this reason that Hardik won the toss and elected to bowl.