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.
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. 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.
Ayush Badoni: I wasn’t looking at the score, I was just batting and wasn’t thinking of my fifty. I just wanted to play my natural game. I realized I got a fifty only after I got there. I couldn’t sleep last night, I was very nervous. After I hit the first boundary, I got confidence. The ball was cutting initially and after six overs it does get flat. I think we have got a good total on the board.
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Video of Dangerous Shami Bowling: 3 Wickets: LSG v GT IPL 2022https://t.co/tdcas69mEI— Vicky Parvatan (@VParvatan) March 28, 2022