Gujarat Titans (GT) defeated Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by a humongous margin of 56 runs in this Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 game. The game was a high-scoring one and a total of 389 runs were scored in this game.
With this win, the Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat side has almost confirmed their place in the playoffs. Lucknow on the other hand, have won 5 games in 11 matches and desperately need to win their remaining games.
This IPL 2023 game was quite special as the two Pandya brothers in the form of Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya were leading their sides respectively for the first time against each other.
In this article, we take a look at the top 3 talking points of the GT vs LSG game which took place at the Narendra Modi Stadium:
1. Gujarat’s power-packed opening partnership
Perhaps the main driving force of Gujarat’s win in this encounter was their extraordinary opening stand partnership which involved Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill. The duo went ballistic and were dealing in only boundaries.
A total of 142 runs were scored by the duo and it essentially put Gujarat in the driving seat of the game. While Wriddhiman Saha scored 81 runs in just 43 balls, Shubman Gill scored 94 runs in just 51 deliveries.
Gill deservedly bagged the player of the match award in this game.
2. Quinton De Kock shines in his debut game in IPL 2023
After warming the benches for 10 games, Quinton De Kock finally received a chance to play in this GT vs LSG game. And he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. The South African batter scored 70 runs in 41 balls and gave the Lucknow team, an array of hope during his stay.
De Kock’s fiery innings was packed with 7 fours and 3 sixes and he played with a terrific strike-rate of 170.73.
3. Mohit Sharma dazzles with the ball
The comeback king Mohit Sharma once again hogged the limelight with his stupendous bowling. The 34-year-old bowler bagged 4 wickets and conceded only 7.2 runs in his 4 overs. Sharma took the wickets of Kyle Mayers, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni and skipper Krunal Pandya.
Skipper Krunal was dismissed for a golden duck in this GT vs PBKS game. All the wickets of Mohit Sharma were high-profile cricketers who could simply change the tide of the match with their match-winning knocks.
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