IPL: Saha and Gill’s aggression sets up huge Titans win

SUMMARY: Gujarat Titans 227-2 (Gill 94*, Saha 81) beat Lucknow Super Giants 171-7 (de Kock 70, Mayers 48, Mohit 4-29) by 56 runs


Gujarat Titans are all but through to the playoffs of IPL 2023 after their 56-run win over Lucknow Super Giants in Ahmedabad. Titans now have 16 points from 11 games and a net run rate of 0.951, by far the best in the league.

The win was set up by Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill, who added 142 in 12.1 overs for the first wicket – the highest partnership for Titans. Saha scored 81 off 43 and Gill finished on an unbeaten 94 off 51 to power them to 227 for 2.

In response, Quinton de Kock (70), playing his first match of the season, and Kyle Mayers (48) gave LSG a start of 88 in 8.2 overs. But once Mohit Sharma dismissed Mayers to break that stand, the incoming batters couldn’t keep up with the required rate.

The contest was also significant because Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya became only the second set of brothers to captain their respective sides against each other in T20 cricket.

The Hussey brothers faced off twice during the Big Bash League in 2015-16 when Mike was leading Sydney Thunder and David Melbourne Stars. (ESPNcricinfo)


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