Chasing a target of 136, LSG were cruising along at one stage before Rahul (68 off 61 balls) started to struggle. Mohit Sharma defended 12 runs in the final over as LSG lost four wickets, including two run-outs, finally managing to only reach 128 for 7.
Earlier, Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya scored 66 off 50 balls with the help of four sixes as GT managed a below-par 135 for six after opting to bat on a slow track. The other notable contribution was 47 off 37 balls from Wriddhiman Saha.
With the win, GT remain in fourth position on IPL 2023 points table with 8 points after six matches, while LSG remain second in the table with 8 points from seven matches.
LSG vs GT IPL 2023 Match 30 Awards List
Here is the complete list of awards from the match between Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. All the awards carry a prize money of Rs 1 Lakh.
Player Of The Match: Mohit Sharma (GT) – 2 for 18 in 3 overs
TIAGO.ev Electric Striker Of The Match: Hardik Pandya (GT) – Strike Rate of 132
Dream11 Gamechanger Of The Match: Hardik Pandya – 98 fantasy points
UPSTOX Most Valuable Asset Of The Match: Krunal Pandya (LSG) – 28.5 MVA points
RuPay On-The-Go 4s: KL Rahul (LSG) – 8 Fours
Visit Saudi Beyond The Boundaries Longest 6: Hardik Pandya (GT) – 92 metres
Herbalife Active Catch Of The Match: Naveen Ul Haq (LSG) – Catch to disgtss Abhinav Manohar (GT)
LSG vs GT Highlights Match 30 – IPL 2023: Hardik Pandya, Mohit Sharma star in stunning win for Titans
LSG vs GT Post Match Comments
KL Rahul (LSG Captain): “I don’t know how it happened, but it has happened. I can’t put a finger on where it went wrong, but we lost 2 points today, this is cricket.
“I thought we were brilliant with the ball, 135 was 10 runs under par, the bowling was exceptional, we started well with the bat, but these things happen, we’ll have to take it on the chin. But still a long way to go, 8 points off 7 games, we were on the wrong side of the result today.”
On the approach, Rahul added: “We were well ahead in the game and I wasn’t really trying to bat deep, I still wanted to play my shots, take on the bowlers, but they bowled well in that 2-3 over period, by Noor and Jayant.
“We perhaps should have taken a few more chances with wickets in hand, they bowled decently, but I think we gtssed out on some boundary opportunities, the pressure got to us in the last 3-4 overs, we played well until then. They did bowl well though.”
Hardik Pandya (GT Captain): “Credit to the boys. We are a champion side, we won last year. You have to be satisfied with your results. The spirit and the atmosphere changed after getting wickets, that’s a very great feeling. A win like this can boost your confidence.
On the pitch, Pandya added: “I think the way the wicket was playing, we could have got 10 runs more. There was uncertainty. They bowled well and made our life difficult. Batters couldn’t get rhythm because of the wicket.”
On how they pulled back the match, Pandya said: “During the strategic timeout we spoke about the set batter going for it towards the end. We were always chasing them, and never in it. When they needed 30 runs in 30 balls, I thought they were ahead.
“But when they required 27 in 4 overs, I thought they were under pressure. That’s where I thought we could be in the game. The way every bowler contributed, as a captain I couldn’t have asked for.”
On Mohit Sharma, Pandya said: “The amount of cricket he has played, I don’t have to interfere. He made my life easy, he backed his plans and executed it. Shagt and Mohit were tremendous, special mention to Jayant who was playing after a long time. Noor has some talent as well.”
Mohit Sharma (Player of the Match): “Nothing special, everything’s normal, as usual. I think I have been consistent. You need to focus and prepare in the same manner each and every time, that helps. You need to keep practising, just stick to the basics and try not to overthink.”
On belief to defend, Sharma added: “That belief factor was always there. Nehra adviced us to stick to our plans honestly. I tried to focus on executing my plans. Also tried that the batters couldn’t read what I was trying to bowl.”
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