Welcome to Sportstar‘s LIVE coverage of the first IPL 2022 match between the two new franchises – Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. This is Santadeep Dey, bringing you all the action from the Wankhede Stadium.
LSG 29/4 in 5 overs: Shami in for his third over. Hooda flicks a full length to deep midwicket for three runs. OUT! Bowled him! It nipped in from a length just outside off and through Manish Pandey’s defences. Manish Pandey b Mohammed Shami 6(5b 1×4 0x6). Ayush Badoni is in at number six. Shami keeps his length on the shorter side to end the over with three dots.
LSG 26/3 in 4 overs: Aaron starts off with a wide down leg. Vijay Shankar puts in an excellent dive at cover point to stop the ball in its tracks next. The third ball goes for a boundary, beating Tewatia in the ring. Gill takes a superb catch, to send Lewis back into the hut. Kept his eyes on the ball and Aaron gets one with the faster delivery. Another misfield and this time it is the captain. Rashid and Hardik give chase but in vain.
LSG 14/2 in 3 overs: Lockie lets a bad bounce through to the rope and instantly raises his hand in apology. Shami is in the middle of a dream spell here. An unplayable inswinger to de Kock goes on to rattle the sticks. Manish Pandey walks in.
LSG 9/1 in 2 overs: Aaron to share the new ball. The third ball drifts into Lewis’ pads and all the Trinidadian had to do was help it along its way. The bowler has requested for some sawdust to be sprinkled near the landing area. A single to short fine leg to finish the over.
Mohammad Shami celebrates after dismissing KL Rahul. – IPL
LSG 2/1 in 1 over: The ball moves appreciably as it goes past the bat and Gujarat sniffs something here off the very first ball. Everybody goes up in appeal and Rahul may have to walk here. A long wait for the UltraEdge and there is the spike. OUT! Rahul doesn’t look too happy. A flick of the pad, maybe? Nonetheless, the on-field umpire reverses his call. Lewis joins de Kock. The South African batter has a word with Shami after picking up a quick single as the Indian pacer had ended up obstructing his path a bit.
Hardik leads the Titans out in the middle. Rahul and de Kock saunter in as well. Shami will open the bowling. The countdown begins…
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade (wk, Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Manohar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Aaron, Mohammed Shami
Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan
WHAT THE CAPTAINS SAID
KL Rahul: “I think it is pretty straightforward when you play in Wankhede. Everyone wants to bowl first. The dew plays a big part in the second innings but the wicket remains the same throughout the 40 overs. It is our first game and it is important to go out there and enjoy ourselves.”
Hardik Pandya: “It’s the first game. We want to see how the wicket plays. The dew is a factor. It is always special to play in Wankhede because I have had some amazing memories here. It is a different role, different team but the feeling is same. We are going to give all the guys full freedom to play freely and enjoy. Lockie, Wade, Rashid, and Miller are our four overseas players.”
KL Rahul (right) and Hardik Pandya during the toss. – IPL
Gujarat Titans opts to bowl.
– Hardik Pandya can be seen rolling his arms over. Will he bowl tonight? Sunil Gavaskar reckons if he starts bowling at full throttle, he should become an automatic selection for the T20 World Cup.
“It is a brand new pitch. The pitch has moved two strips across from the first game. One square boundary is just 59 metres, the other is 70 metres. It looks very dry and has lost a lot of grass. Rashid Khan will come into play. The cracks are also starting to open up. Dew will be a factor and captains will love to chase,” reckon Graeme Swann and Matthew Hayden.
GT vs LSG PLAYING XI PREDICTION
Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (c) (wk), Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Manan Vohra, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Ankit Rajpoot, Dushmantha Chameera.
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Abhinav Manohar, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hardik Pandya (c), Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Dominic Drakes, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami.
GT vs LSG DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM LEAGUE IPLT20
Wicketkeeper: KL Rahul (c)
Batters: Evin Lewis, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers: Rashid Khan (vc), Mohammed Shami, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Team Composition: GT 5:6 LSG Credits Left: 0.5
It will be a test of characters for the two captains – K. L. Rahul and Hardik Pandya – when new entrants Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants meet in their opening Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.
After being an integral part of the Mumbai Indians for seven seasons, Hardik moved on to the Gujarat franchise this year as its skipper. The all-rounder has not played any competitive cricket since last year’s T20 World Cup, and it needs to be seen whether Hardik actually bowls in this edition of the tournament. However, the Gujarat team management admits that it would heavily bank on Hardik – the batter – who has loads of experience from playing at the Wankhede Stadium.
While the Gujarat outfit is expected to field Shubman Gill and stumper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz as the opening pair, a lot will also depend on Rahul Tewatia and Vijay Shankar. The team will look for an all-round show from the two seasoned campaigners and will also bank on the likes of Abhinav Manohar and David Miller.
For Lucknow, the focus will be on Rahul, who joined the franchise after leading Punjab Kings for a couple of seasons. Even though Rahul enjoyed success with the willow, Punjab failed to reach the playoffs on both the seasons. So, this time, the India international will be hoping to make an impact as a captain. The batting department will revolve around him, with Quinton de Kock and Evin Lewis for company.
The middle-order, too, looks solid with the likes of Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Manish Pandey and Jason Holder.
KL Rahul (right) and Hardik Pandya during IPL 2021. – SPORTZPICS FOR IPL
In the bowling department, Gujarat has a star-studded unit comprising Mohammed Shami and Afghanistan leg spinner Rashid Khan. Lucknow, too, has some incredible performers. In the absence of Mark Wood, Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi will be leading the charge, while Wood’s replacement Andrew Tye could also make an impact.
The opening fixture at the Wankhede Stadium was a low-scoring affair and it would be interesting to see how both the sides handle their team selection and execute the plans.
– Shayan Acharya
Gujarat Titans: Hardik Pandya (c), Matthew Wade, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Pradeep Sangwan, Varun Aaron, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Darshan Nalkande, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Dominic Drakes, Sai Sudharsan, Yash Dayal, Noor Ahmad
Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Manan Vohra, Krunal Pandya, Ankit Rajpoot, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Evin Lewis, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Karan Sharma, Mayank Yadav