Titans in play-off after defeating Super Giants on the strength of Gill and bowlers

Pune, May 10 (PTI) Opener Shubman Gill’s fighting half-century and Rashid Khan-led bowlers led Gujarat Titans to thrash Lucknow Super Giants by 62 runs in a one-sided encounter here on Tuesday in the battle for the top two teams in the points table. Became the first team to qualify for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League.

Chasing the target of 145 runs in this match between the two newest IPL teams, the team of Super Giants Rashid Khan (4 for 24), R Sai Kishore (2 for 7), Yash Dayal (24 runs) But in front of the sharp bowling of Mohammad Shami (one wicket for five runs), he was bundled out for 82 runs in 13.5 overs, which also broke the team’s four consecutive winning streak. The team lost its last six wickets for just 21 runs.

Deepak Hooda (27) was the top scorer for Super Giants. Apart from them, only openers Quinton de Kock (11) and Avesh Khan (12) could reach double digits.

With this win, Titans have taken 18 points from nine wins in 12 matches and have made it to the play-offs. Lucknow team is in second place with 16 points from 12 matches.

Titans scored a half-century by Gill (63 not out in 49 balls, seven fours), his fourth wicket with David Miller (26), 52 and Rahul Tewatia (22 not out off 16 balls, four fours) with 41 runs in the fifth wicket. He scored 144 runs for four wickets with an unbroken partnership.

Avesh was the most successful bowler of Super Giants. He took two wickets for 26 runs. Mohsin Khan, bowling very economical, took one wicket for 18 runs in four overs. Krunal Pandya gave 24 runs in four overs but did not get any wicket. Jason Holder proved to be expensive, taking two wickets for 41 runs in four overs.

Lucknow started chasing the target was also not good. Both the openers, captain Lokesh Rahul (08) and Quinton de Kock (11) returned to the pavilion for 24 runs in the fifth over. Both could add only 12 runs in the first three overs. De Kock hit Yash Dayal for a six behind the wicket in the fourth over but the next ball was caught by R Sai Kishore at point.

Rahul was troubled a lot by Mohammed Shami and he eventually waved the same fast bowler’s ball in the air and gave a simple catch to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.

Karan Sharma (04) hit a four on Dayal but the next ball was played straight into Miller’s hands at short third man. Krunal Pandya opened the account with a four on Dayal while Hooda also hit him for two fours.

The team of Super Giants scored 37 runs for three wickets in the power play.

Star spinner Rashid stumped Krunal (05) at the hands of Saha.

Ayush Badoni took the team’s score of 50 runs in the ninth over with a four on Alzarri Joseph.

Debutant R Sai Kishore then got Badoni (08) stumped at the hands of Saha while Marcus Stoinis (02) was run out as the Super Giants reduced to 65 for six.

Rashid lbw Jason Holder (01) in the next over while Sai Kishore gave the eighth blow to the Super Giants by getting Mohsin (01) caught by the leg-spinner.

Rashid gets Hooda caught by Shami. Hooda faced 26 balls and hit three fours. Avesh hit two consecutive sixes in the same over but was caught by Saha on the next ball, which Titans won.

Titans captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bat but the team did not start well. Fast bowler Mohsin got Wriddhiman Saha (05) caught by Avesh Khan in the third over while the team’s score was just eight runs.

Matthew Wade (10) hit two consecutive fours on Dushmanta Chameera but was caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock off Avesh.

The Titans’ team could only manage 35 for two in the power play, which is their lowest score in the first six overs.

Gill held onto one end. He, along with Hardik, took the team’s score beyond 50 runs in the ninth over.

Rahul handed the ball charge in the next over and he sent Hardik (11) to the pavilion in the very first ball, who caught the wicketkeeper in an attempt to hit the ball outside the off-side.

Gill ended the boundary drought in 26 balls with a four on Avesh and then also hit a boundary off Krunal Pandya.

The batsmen of the Titans struggled to hit boundaries in the middle overs as the Lucknow team was able to curb the run-rate. An aggressive batsman like David Miller could hit just one boundary off his first 21 balls.

Miller completed the team’s century in the 16th over with a six on Holder, but in the same over, caught Ayush Badoni at deep third man. He hit a four and a six in his 24-ball innings.

Gill completed his fourth half-century of the season in 42 balls with a run off Chamira and then hit two consecutive fours in the same over.

Tewatia hit three fours on the holder in the last over to take the team’s score beyond 140 runs.