fuller outside off, creamed through covers and it races away to the boundary line, beating the sweeper on his left
That's all from our side. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. See you soon.
Mohammed Shami, the Player of the Match: [On the first ball] I just wanted to bowl a good line and length. When the ball comes out of your hand well...people say it's a God gift but not exactly, I have worked on it a lot. Hardik had asked me if I wanted to bowl the fourth over, I said, no, keep one for later.
Hardik Pandya: This was a right game for us to finish on either side but I am happy that we won. When wicket assists you a little bit, Shami can really come into the game. He got us to a great start. [On batting at No. 4] I want to take some more responsibility with the bat. All the players contributed. It was quite humid as well so I didn't want to take the risk of giving Shami his fourth over on the trot. Getting out to Krunal found have pinched me more if we wouldn't have won.
Varun: "Both the newbies: Badoni and Manohar were impressive today. Was great to watch them."
Rahul Tewatia: The wicket was so good that Miller and I were discussing that we would take it deep and it's a matter of just one over. After I hit that six with the reverse sweep, that got Bishnoi thinking. Abhinav is a clear striker of the ball, so I had full trust in him that he would come and play his shots straightaway. It's a big thing to do it in your first game. I gave him the strike because I know he is a proper batter and can hit big shots. We are doing quality practice, not putting long hours. Ashish Nehra has kept the mood in the camp very light.
KL Rahul: I think it was a phenomenal game. The start wasn't ideal but the way we recovered was phenomenal. We know at the Wankhede the ball can do something initially. We couldn't have started the campaign in a better way. The win would have been great but a lot to learn from this. If anyone can exploit the pitch, it's Shami. I have played with him for three-four years the last franchise and I knew he could be dangerous. I think we gave ourselves a good chance with the ball till the 14th or 15th over. But it can be difficult with the dew. We need to go back and practise a bit more with the wet ball. Credit to Tewatia and Abhinav as well. [On Ayush Badoni] He is the baby AB for us, From the first day he was batting, it was unbelievable. He can hit the ball 360 degrees.
11.25pm Fourth time in four games the team winning the toss and opting to chase wins the match. This one, arguably, had more twists and turns. Shami bowled magnificently in the first innings before Hooda and Badoni revived Super Giants. Chasing 159, Titans were 72 for 2 in ten overs but lost Hardik and Wade in successive overs. They needed 68 from the last five overs when Hooda and Bishnoi's overs turned the complexion of the game. Tewatia and Miller started the turnaround and Manohar applied the finishing touches.
Qaaid: "How different would this equation look if Chameera had been able to bowl his fourth over instead of Hooda bowling the 16th over? "
goes for the short ball, Abhinav attempts the pull. Not in control there, more like a top edge. Will get a single to fine leg
Just three needed now
a slower one. A length ball outside off, stays back and still, and smashes it through covers for four
A four to start the over with. A length ball around off, stays back and smashes it towards deep midwicket. Did it hit the boundary cushion on the full? The third umpire thinks not
11 needed from the final over
length outside off, slaps it towards extra cover. But of hesitation. The throw is at the bowler's end but the dive saves Abhinav
fuller and wider outside off, throws his bat at it and manages to slice it fine enough to beat third man
length outside off, goes for the cut and misses. It was an offcutter this time. de Kock appeals for the caught-behind but no one else is interested
another slower one. This time in the line of the stumps and dipping. Manohar was early into the shot, gets an inside edge onto his shoe and the ball rolls towards short third man
another slower one, legcutter. Length outside off and goes for the cut and misses
16 from 11
a slower one, fuller outside off and Abhinav goes over mid-off. The bottom hand came off the bat but he hit it straight and got the boundary
Chameera now. Titans need 20 from two overs
length ball angling across, looks to hit on the leg side but doesn't get the timing right. Lands short and to the left of short midwicket
length ball around off, hits it hard but straight towards extra cover
length ball outside off, goes for the cut but it's too close to him. Ends up nearly chopping it onto his stumps. The ball hits the turf and bounces over de Kock
DA: "KL won't be getting any points for his captaincy tonight. His best bowler of the night won't be finishing his quota of 4 overs. "
a length ball, wider and angling across Miller. He had to reach out for it and ends up hitting it towards extra cover. KL Rahul juggles it twice before finally holding onto
fuller outside off and Miller launches it over the bowler's head. Not one of those monster hits but enough to clear the boundary
length outside off, slaps it through extra cover for a couple
28 needed from 18 balls. Here's Avesh Khan
googly, pitched outside off, Tewatia tries to fetch it but ends up mistiming it towards cover-point
another wayward delivery, way down the leg side and Tewatia sweeps it finer this time, over the short fine leg for four more
Sandyy : "What's the point in keeping part timer on when your main pacer have overs left. That extra over from Hooda turned the match toward GT"
down the leg side once again, Tewatia goes for the sweep once more and this time he gets it over short fine leg
a full toss down the leg side, Bishnoi is lucky that Tewatia didn't get a bat on that. de Kock does well to stop that
Faisal : "Poor captaincy from KL... you have 2 overs each remaining of Avesh and Dushmanta and you're going with Bishnoi/Hooda in the 16th and 17th over..."
|Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|Toss||Gujarat Titans, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.30 start, First Session 19.30-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-22.50|
|Match days||28 March 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Gujarat Titans 2, Lucknow Super Giants 0|
Over 20 • GT 161/5Titans won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)