LSG ultimately defeated the Titans.

With a valiant 163-run defence in Lucknow, the Lucknow Super Giants won their third game in a row and their first over the Gujarat Titans in five attempts. After the host team choose to bat, Marcus Stoinis’ first half-century of the season provided the necessary support. Although the Titans got off to a strong start in their pursuit for runs, Yash Thakur recorded a maiden five-for to help blow the session apart.


After Umesh Yadav had struck twice with the new ball, captain KL Rahul and Stoinis chose accumulation over fluidity in the LSG batting attempt. Both failed to up the ante, and it took the presence of Ayush Badoni and the power bursts of Nicholas Pooran to get them to a score that was respectable.


The fact that LSG had never lost when defending a target of 160 or more worked in their benefit. After sprinting to 54 points without a loss during the powerplay, the Titans appeared poised to challenge that record, but an incredible 8 for 48 collapse made it 13 from 13 for LSG instead. After Yash snuck one past Shubman Gill, Ravi Bishnoi’s spectacular caught-and-bowled dismissal of Kane Williamson set off the fireworks.The Titans collapsed as Krunal Pandya quickly finished his four overs at 3 for 11.

The fact that LSG’s new pace wonder, Mayank Yadav, left the club after only one over owing to a side strain made their command of a comfortable defence all the more impressive. Rahul’s squad finished the game with six points, third in the table.


Quinton de Kock special

With half-centuries in both of LSG’s victories, Quinton de Kock has been playing well. And tonight, he has reached three figures before the ball has even been bowled! His record with LSG is the best of the five teams he has played for, with an average of 37.61 and a strike rate of 145.75.


His IPL century isn’t marked by a huge score because de Kock leaves in the first over. He tried to replicate the move after carting Umesh Yadav high over the leg side second ball, sending a large leading edge plummeting to deep third. After utilising the DRS for an LBW claim against Devdutt Padikkal’s opening ball during a thrilling over, the Titans lose a review. Gill appeared dissatisfied that Nitin Menon decided against using UltraEdge to ascertain Padikkal’s bat’s involvement.

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With barely fifty runs this season under his belt, Marcus Stoinis was attempting to slow down Nalkande’s medium pace. As Stoinis reached the historic 40-ball mark, the opening ball of the over vanished over wide long-on, just the fourth boundary since the powerplay. The fourth ball followed suit with another crisp swing across the line. But Nalkande did not waver, and as Stoinis top-edged a hoick straight up, he made his second breakthrough of the game. Titans are adept at maintaining control.


This game has taken a radical turn. As soon as Sai Sudarshan and BS Sharath both hole out in Krunal Pandya’s opening over, the Titans are fluttering like budgies. When wicketkeeper Sharath top-edges a sweep to deep backward square, Bishnoi makes another, much simpler catch on the deep square boundary to remove Sudarshan, and the collapse is reduced to 4 for 7 in 18 balls. W 1 1 1 W 1 1 1 W W 1 1 1 W

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