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Match 57, LSG vs GT – Full List of Award Winners, Player of the Match, Who Said What

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GT has become the first team to qualify for IPL 2022 playoffs.

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The fight between two table toppers of IPL 2022 saw Gujarat Titans (GT) crushing the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 62 runs while bringing a brutal bowling show to display. Titans, after landing on the right side of the toss, chose to bat first but couldn’t click together to post a big score on the board. Shubman Gill rose to the occasion and smashed 63* off 49 while failing to grab much support from the other end.

Whereas Gill was declared as the player of the match, the cameos from David Miller (26) and Rahul Tewatia (22) made sure GT breached the 140-run mark at the end. Mohsin Khan and Avesh Khans stole the show from Lucknow’s bowling setup while picking one and two wickets, conceding at a stunning 4.50 and 6.50 respectively.

GT bowlers wreak havoc on LSG

As soon as Lucknow came to chase up, they didn’t seem to be in the game from the very start as seasoned openers (KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock) showed back in no time. Hooda’s 27 was the only significant contribution from LSG’s batting unit before GT bowlers came with their assault. While Mohammed Shami was a stunner in the powerplay picking a wicket and giving just five runs in three overs, Rashid Khan choked the opponents towards the end. Rashid picked a classy four-for giving away only 24 runs in 3.5 overs.

Winning skipper Hardik Pandya said:

Really, really proud of the boys. It is a great effort to qualify before the 14th game in this league. To be honest, in the last game, we kind of thought that the game was over before it was over. We were always under pressure in all the other games that we won, and we felt that we’d finish off the last game with the kind of batting we had. That was learning we took. We just wanted to be ruthless today, and relax post game. I rate Sai Kishore quite high as a left-arm spinner. Because of the kind of fast bowlers we had, it wasn’t possible to play him and Jayant Yadav. Lucknow were a bit short in their lengths, and fuller lengths were working. Our bowlers did everything that we asked of them, and we ticked all boxes today. I always feel that if you lose a game like the one we lost in our last game, we win and lose games as a team. Yes, we did not do what we wanted to do. We messed it up, but we messed it up as a team. Everyone stood by each other, and we had a get-together post game and made sure the vibe was always there. We were still on second spot and that meant we were doing something right.

Losing skipper, KL Rahul said:

It looked like a tricky wicket, that’s how it’s played here for the last 2 or 3 games that we have played here. We knew it was a low-scoring game, we knew it was a tricky and challenging pitch, we bowled really well. Restricting a team under 150 on any pitch is commendable and the bowlers did their job. We should have batted a lot better. Some poor shot selections, a run-out didn’t help, good learning for us, hopefully we can learn from a loss like this. Sometimes you need a little bit of a reminder to keep turning up every game and keep trying to do our best. These low totals, you want to make use of the powerplay. For me and Quinton, it was about getting the team off to a good start, not necessarily getting off to a 60-run powerplay but to get to at least 35 or 45 without losing too many wickets would have been an ideal. We knew the pitch was going to grip a bit and scoring runs after the powerplay might be a bit difficult. We took a couple of chances and that didn’t come off. We knew their spinners were going to be really difficult to score off. We have to find ways to score against good oppositions on tricky pitches. That’s something we need to learn and figure out.

Player of the match, Shubman Gill said:

Those couple of games which did not go well was all about my line and length. That was something I was missing in those games. The pace I bowl and action I have, I cannot afford to lose my line and length, it was about focusing on hitting the right area. The wicket was helping today with bounce and turn, but overall it was about bowling in the right areas. They (the pacers) have given us a platform where we can come and put the pressure. In a chase like 140-145 you need to have a good powerplay and the seamers gave us that. This is a very crucial part of the competition, it is all about the process whether we win or lose, we should keep the same process. We have to get better day by day and have to keep doing good things. Now the focus should be on playing good cricket and enjoying ourselves. I think Holder’s wicket was crucial at that time and I had planned it, to bowl the leggie from middle stump.

Full list of award winners from LSG vs GT match

Super Striker of the match- Rahul Tewatia

Game Changer of the match- Rashid Kham

Most Sixes- Avesh Khan

Power Player of the match- Mohammed Shami

Most Valuable asset of the match- Shubman Gill

Fastest Delivery of the match- Dushmantha Chameera

Most Fours- Shubman Gill

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