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Gujarat extend gap at the top with convincing win

A dominant show with the bat, followed by controlled bowling in the second half of their bowling innings helped Gujarat Titans secure a convincing 56-run victory against Lucknow Super Giants in the afternoon game at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday (May 7). The win helped the Titans move to 16 points from 11 matches as they widened the gap at the top of the table.
Match summary
In an innings filled with records, Wriddhiman Saha (81 off 43) and Shubman Gill (94* off 51) sent the LSG bowlers on a leather hunt, with their 142-run opening partnership setting the platform for the Titans to finish with a massive total of 227/2. Kyle Mayers and Quinton de Kock led a powerful reply but LSG ran out of steam thanks to clinical bowling from the Titans as they restricted the opposition to 171/7 to extend their unbeaten run against the Lucknow team. Mohit Sharma starred with the ball for GT, finishing with 4-29 from his four overs.
Saha’s blazing fifty and a forgettable return for Mohsin
Bowling for the first time in this IPL, having made a comeback from injury, Mohsin Khan looked rather rusty and Saha fully capitalised on it to power the Titans to a blazing start. He put away the short deliveries with ease and also creamed drives to and over the fence as he raced to a 20-ball fifty, the fastest for the Titans in the IPL. Mohsin ended up conceding 34 off his two overs in the powerplay, while Avesh Khan, Krunal Pandya and Yash Thakur weren’t spared either as the GT openers struck as many as six sixes and six fours in the powerplay. Gill was happy playing the second fiddle but he also hit a couple of sixes as GT raced to 78/0 in the first six overs – their highest PP score and also the fourth highest in the PP this season.
No breathing space for LSG as Gill tees off
A quiet four-run over from Ravi Bishnoi and a six-run over from Krunal were rare moments of respite for LSG, who were battered by the GT openers. Saha continued to capitalise on short deliveries from the LSG bowlers as he struck three fours off Kyle Mayers in the eighth over. A glorious lofted drive over extra cover off Bishnoi helped Gill get his second six as GT’s 100 came up in only 49 deliveries. Another six in the same over also brought up the highest opening stand for the Titans. While Gill reached a 29-ball fifty, Avesh managed to end the partnership by having Saha caught in the deep. But the respite was only momentary as Hardik Pandya and Gill were hitting sixes at will to power GT past 170 before the 15th over was completed.
Miller powers the finish
Having gone at 13 an over in the powerplay and 10.88 in the middle overs (7-15), LSG were only slightly better at the death, going at 10.2 in the last five overs. Mohsin, who conceded 42 from his three overs, managed to pick up the wicket of Hardik Pandya. But David Miller (21* off 12) and Gill kept the boundaries coming to power GT to their highest IPL total. Gill also struck a six off Thakur, extending his tally to seven as he registered the most sixes by a GT player in an innings. But he couldn’t get his maiden IPL hundred as Miller ended the innings with a four and a single.
Mayers, De Kock lead LSG’s reply
After a quiet opening over from Mohammed Shami, Kyle Mayers got LSG going with a hat-trick of fours off Hardik in the second over. De Kock, playing his first game for LSG this season, hit two successive fours off Shami before Mayers went over long-on for the first six of the innings, and then hit a boundary in a 19-run third over. De Kock’s dazzling stokeplay earned him two more fours off Hardik before Mayers was put down by Rashid Khan at point in the same over and then top-edged the last ball for a four to bring up the 50-run stand in 4 overs. Rashid and Noor Ahmad weren’t spared either as Mayers and de Kock collected 12 fours and two sixes inside the first six to power LSG to 72/0.
Titans keep LSG in check
Mayers survived a leg-before shout and a review by GT in Rashid’s over, with an inside edge saving him. De Kock used the reverse-sweep to good effect, scoring a couple of boundaries off Noor before a brilliant effort from Rashid, sprinting and diving to take a catch, ended Mayers’ stay on 48 to give Mohit Sharma a wicket in his first over. Although de Kock struck a six off Hardik, economical overs from Mohit and Rashid, with Deepak Hooda taking his time to get going, put the pressure back on LSG. De Kock got to a 31-ball 50 but Hooda wasn’t fluent and eventually fell to a full-toss from Shami. Noor too kept it tight as the boundaries dried up for LSG, who didn’t manage a single hit to/over the fence for 26 deliveries before de Kock struck a six off Mohit. The bowler, however, hit back with the wicket of Marcus Stoinis, leaving LSG needing 98 off the last five overs.
LSG finish miles short
Having been hit for a six by de Kock, Rashid managed to have the South African bowled while Noor sent Nicholas Pooran back to further strengthen GT’s hold on the game. LSG’s Impact sub Ayush Badoni struck a couple of big blows before getting out to Mohit, who also bagged the wicket of Krunal. Alzarri Joseph finally got the ball for the final over and did a tidy job as GT secured a big victory to make a dent on LSG’s net run rate.
Brief scores: Gujarat Titans 227/2 in 20 overs (Shubman Gill 94*, Wriddhiman Saha 81; Avesh Khan 1-34) beat Lucknow Super Giants 171/7 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 70, Kyle Mayers 48; Mohit Sharma 4-29) by 56 runs.
Where next?
The Titans have a four-day break before they take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on May 12. Lucknow Super Giants will have a five-day break before their away game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 13.



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