IPL 2022: GT trounce LSG by 62 runs, become first team to qualify for playoffs

Gujarat Titans became the first team to qualify for IPL 2022 playoffs after they defeated Lucknow Super Giants by 62 runs on Tuesday.

Rashid Khan starred for the Hardik Pandya-led franchise as he picked up four wickets to help restrict KL Rahul's LSG to 82 runs. This, after Gujarat, had earlier scored 144/4 in their respective 20 overs.

Looking at Gujarat Titans' total of 144, it appeared like a modest target, and credit has to go to Lucknow Super Giants bowlers, who had restricted Hardik's side to a below-par total. However, the GT bowlers took the responsibility upon themselves to make it a one-sided contest in the end.

Rashid Khan (4/24) starred with the ball for GT, while Yash Dayal (2/24) and R Sai Kishore (2/7) picked up two wickets each.

Earlier, opening batter Shubman Gill hit a fine half-century but LSG produced a disciplined bowling effort to restrict GT to a modest score.

Gill remained not out on 63 off 49 balls with the help of seven fours but lacked support from the other end. He was left stranded as GT's next highest scorer was David Miller (26).

Avesh Khan (2/26) picked up two wickets for LSG, while Mohsin Khan (1/18) and Jason Holder (1/44) scalped one apiece.

GT sealed their play-off berth, reaching 18 points from 12 games. The defeat snapped LSG's five-match winning streak but they are still comfortably placed in the second spot with 16 points and need just a win to book their last-four berth.

Source : DNA India