GT VS LSG: Pandya Brothers Face Off For First Time As IPL Team Captains

In the match 51 of the TATA IPL 2023, Gujarat Titans faced Lucknow Super Giants at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Gujarat Titans won the match by 56 runs against Lucknow Super Giants. It was an emotional day for the Pandya family as Hardik and Krunal Pandya became the first pair of brothers to lead their respective teams in the IPL.

Lucknow Super Giants captain, Krunal Pandya won the toss and elected to bowl first. Gujarat Titans opener, Wriddhiman Saha started aggressively, scoring 81 runs from just 43 balls. His partner, Shubman Gill also smashed an effortless 94*(51) which powered the home side to a gigantic total of 227/2.

Chasing 228, Lucknow Super Giants openers, Kyle Mayers and Quinton de Kock got off to a good start with Mayers smashing three consecutive fours off Hardik Pandya. They accumulated 22 runs off two overs to take the score to 72/0 at the end of the Powerplay. But it took a moment of brilliance from Rashid Khan to break the opening partnership of 88 runs as he pulled off a magnificent running catch, dismissing Kyle Mayers.

De Kock tried to up the ante but lost his wicket in doing so as he missed his swing across the line and was cleaned up by Rashid Khan. Noor Ahmed then had Nicholas Pooran caught at short third man as things kept going further away for Lucknow Super Giants. Ayush Badoni hit some crucial runs (21 off 11) which helped their net run rate a bit but overall, they fell well short of their target, finishing on 171/7. Mohit Sharma led the way with the ball with a fantastic spell of 4-0-29-4 as a collective bowling effort saw GT survive Kyle Mayers (48 off 32), Quinton de Kock (71 off 42) blitzes to win the match by 56 runs.

In conclusion, Gujarat Titans registered their eighth win from eleven matches to extend their lead at the top as they beat Lucknow Super Giants. Shubman Gill was named the Player of the Match for his effortless 94*(51) which powered his team to a gigantic total of 227/2.