IPL 2023: Titans emerged victorious against Giants by 56-runs in the battle of the Pandya Brothers
In Match 51 of the Indian Premier League today, Lucknow Super Giants’ energetic pursuit was halted by the precise performance of the Gujarat Titans. Despite the error-free cricket played by Kyle Mayers and Quinton de Kock, who gave the Super Giants a strong start, they were ultimately outplayed.
Initially, despite the customary spin attack from Rashid Khan and Md Shami, the LSG batsmen were undeterred and had a run rate that exceeded the required rate. However, Mohit Sharma disrupted their opening partnership by taking the wicket of Mayers.
Deepak Hooda was dismissed by Shami during his second spell, while Mohit Sharma took the wicket of Marcus Stoinis who could have potentially assisted de Kock in the chase.
LSG’s hopes rested heavily on De Kock, but Rashid Khan’s excellent spin attack resulted in his dismissal. Additionally, Noor Ahmed was successful in sending Nicolas Pooran back to the pavilion, while Mohit Sharma managed to grab two wickets in quick succession by dismissing Ayush Badoni and Krunal Pandya.
Lucknow Super Giants won the toss earlier in the day and their stand-in captain, Krunal Pandya, opted to field first, asking Gujarat Titans to bat. Krunal might be questioning the wisdom of his decision now.
Earlier today, during the toss, Lucknow Super Giants emerged victorious and their acting captain, Krunal Pandya, decided to bowl first, inviting the Gujarat Titans to bat. However, Krunal could possibly be reconsidering the soundness of his choice at present.
After a while, Avesh Khan from LSG managed to take the crucial wicket of Wriddhiman Saha, who had scored 81 runs as an opener for GT. The captain, Hardik Pandya, then played a quick innings which helped the home team maintain a good run rate.
LSG’s Mohin successfully dismissed GT’s player. GT maintained a run rate ranging from 9 to 13 during the match. GT was able to achieve the highest power play score ever, thanks to Saha’s outstanding performance. Additionally, Gill’s impressive unbeaten score of 94 kept GT in the running for a score above 220. Ultimately, GT achieved a final score of 227.
The ongoing IPL match had a unique significance as it marked the first time when two brothers were leading opposing teams as captains. When Krunal Pandya was questioned about his family’s reaction, he humorously revealed that his mother had stated that the winning side didn’t matter as two points were going to “home”.
The teams had previously met in IPL 2023 before today’s match, with GT winning by a margin of seven runs. In the absence of their regular captain KL Rahul, Krunal was leading the LSG team on this occasion.
Gujarat Titans have preserved their position at the top of the IPL points table and continued their unbeaten record of 100 percent against Lucknow Super Giants following this victory.