LSG vs GT, 4th Match (N), Wankhede, Mar 28 2022, Indian Premier League
End of First Innings: Target of 159 set for Gujarat Titans
Match Report: Great comeback by Lucknow Super Giants. From the situation they were in, 140 looked too difficult. But the resistance shown by Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni did wonders for the team. Both scored crucial fifties to uplift the team from 29 for 4 to 116, before Hooda lost his wicket to Rashid Khan. How can we not talk about Shami? What a brilliant spell that was. Absolutely terrifying. His line and length were test match cricket which ran through the top order. Lockie Ferguson was impressive as well. He did not strike any wicket but he kept hold on the flow of runs.
Odean Smith was particularly brilliant with his long hits. Shahrukh Khan played the supporting role. PBKS went on to win that match with an over to spare. Some might be the case here for Lucknow Super Giants .But we can’t underestimate the batting of Gujarat Titans. Hardik Pandya looked brilliant in his knock of 33. He timed the ball beautifully before his brother Krunal Pandya, got him out. Now, two new batters are on the crease. David Miller and Rahul Tewatia will look to get set first, and then do the hitting.
This is the fourth match of IPL 2022, and what we have seen till now is that batting depth does the difference. Batting depth matters a lot, since the top order are unable to handle the new ball movement. The best example for it is the match between RCB and PBKS. There were two contrasting innings though. RCB compiled 206 with the help of only top order batters. They lost only two wickets. While it was a whole different scenario for PBKS. PBKS lost the top order quickly. And the rebuilding of innings was done by the lower order.
KL Rahul | Losing Captain: It was a phenomenal game. What a way to start the campaign. Starting off like that with the bat was not ideal but the way we recovered was phenomenal. It gives us so much confidence when the batters in the middle and lower order can do the job. We know with the Wankhede the ball can do a bit at the start and if we can get through that it will be ideal. We couldn’t have started the campaign in any better way. There is so much to take away and learn for us. Sometimes you gotta give it to the quality of the bowler. We all know how good Shami is and if anyone could exploit the pitch that is Shami. I knew he would be dangerous.
Hardik Pandya | Winning Captain: This was the right game for us to be on either side and learn, but have learnt a lot by winning. Shami is known for his seam positions and he got us to a great start. We would have any day taken 160 on this wicket. Mostly I’ll bat at number four, because I want to take pressure with my experience so that the others can play freely. We want to win as a team and nobody can take the contribution away from anyway. It was quite humid as well, so I wouldn’t have finished Shami’s spell over there. Manohar is some talent to look at with the talent he has. He is someone who you are going to hear about in the future. Tewatia was sensational as well. Getting out to Krunal would have pinched me more had we lost, but now the family is neutral and happy. He got me out and we won the match.
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