The Lucknow Super Giants did not let the Gujarat Titans go too far. Gujarat’s innings came to a halt with 144 runs in the first innings. As a result, Lucknow will be the first team to secure a play-off ticket if they score only 145 runs.
Both teams have won eight matches in a row and lost three matches in a row. Leading the net run rate, Lucknow Super Giants are at number one, followed by Gujarat Titans. Those who win today’s match will go to the play-off with 16 points.
Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya batted before winning the toss at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. His team could score only 59 runs in the first 10 overs. However, he turned around and added 75 more runs in the last 10 overs.
In the power play, Gujarat lost wickets of Ridhiman Saha (5 off 11 balls) and Matthew Wade (10 off 8 balls). Captain Hardik could not do much. He made just 11 off 13 balls before returning as the third batsman.
However, opener Shubhaman Gill, who held one end, continued to lead the team. David Miller scored 52 runs for the fourth wicket. Miller was dismissed for just 26 off 24 balls. Later, Rahul Teatia and Gill made 41 runs in the last 4 overs in an unbroken partnership.
Playing from start to finish, Gill remained unbeaten on 63 off 49 balls. Where there were seven fours. Teatia hit 22 off 18 balls with the only six of the entire innings with a four. Only 15 fours and a six in the entire innings.
Among the Lucknow bowlers, Avesh Khan took two wickets. Besides, Jason Holder and Mohsin Khan took one wicket each.