The all-around team of Gujarat defeats fellow debutants Lucknow Super Giants by five wickets in a breathtaking match at Wankhede Stadium on Monday. The knocks of Rahul Tewatia, Mathew Wade, and Hardik Pandya helped Gujarat win against Lucknow chasing a target of 159 with two balls to spare in the battle of debutants.
How LSG started the match that led Gujarat win
Earlier in the day, the commendable knocks from Deepak Hooda, and the debutant Ayush Badoni guided Lucknow Super Giants to 158/6. Lucknow, who was at a spot of 29/4 at one time was rescued by Deepak Hooda and youngster Ayush Badoni who scored 54 on his debut. It was Mohammad Shami who shined for Gujarat Titans as his fiery opening yielded wickets and left LSG batters in shock.
Chasing 159, the Titans started badly as Chameera dismissed Shubman Gill in the starting over. Gill tried to step down and looked to loft an off-stump delivery in the first over. Hooda judged the travel of the ball and caught it perfectly.
Chameera became a threat to GT again as he dismissed Vijay Shankar in his second over as he was late to bring his bat down and got the bottom edge to shake the stumps.
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The determination in the chase that led Gujarat win
After the first six overs, the Titans scorecard read 44/2 with Matthew Wade and Hardik Pandya on the crease. Both batters started building momentum and kept the scorecard ticking for Gujarat.
With the alliance of the Gujarat batters going without any trouble, Krunal Pandya removed his brother in the 11th over. Krunal Pandya ended the partnership by aiming for the middle stump as Hardik swung but did not connect on the bat. The ball went high and Manish Pandey received it safely.
Deepak Hooda clean bowled Mathew Wade in the very next over. Wade’s stumps rattled as he got low for the sweep and failed to connect.
Rahul Tewatia joined the attack with Miller on the crease and both batters changed the momentum of the game. In the penultimate over, Abhinav Manohar and Rahul Tewatia gathered 9 runs as 11 was required in the last six balls of the match.
The debutant Abhinav Manohar on the crease was calm as water, smashed Avesh Khan for two consecutive boundaries in the first two deliveries of the last over to avoid any chance of the last ball thriller. Tewatia finished the match and let Gujarat win the battle of debutants.