The Indian Premier League 2023 Super Saturday has begun with the first match between Gujarat Titans (GT) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. GT entered this contest having lost to Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their previous match. In contrast, Lucknow enters the encounter having defeated RR in their previous match.
GT captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bat first, but the decision proved to be incorrect as they lost their star opener in the second over. The 23-year-old attempted to hit Krunal Pandya over long-off, but mistimed his stroke, which went directly to Ravi Bishnoi.
Notably, it was his second duck against LSG in his IPL tenure, as he was also dismissed without scoring in Match 4 of the 2022 season at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In the second match of the 2022 season against the KL Rahul-led side, the opening batsman scored 63* off 49 deliveries at the MCA stadium in Pune.
The Punjab-born batsman has scored the most runs for Gujarat thus far in the tournament, with 228 runs in six innings at an average of 38 and a strike rate of 138.18, in addition to two fifty-plus scores.
After losing their opener early in the game, Wriddhiman Saha and Hardik Pandya are attempting to regain their composure as they end the powerplay on 40/1 after six overs, with Saha on 34* off 24 and Pandya on 6* off 10.
GT is anxious to resume its winning ways.
Gujarat Titans were unable to preserve a total of 177 against Rajasthan Royals despite having the opposition reeling at 55/4 after 10.3 overs. Sanju Samson (60 off 32 balls) and Shimron Hetmyer (56* off 26 balls) played dazzling knocks to snare victory from the clutches of defeat. They are fourth in the standings with three victories out of five matches.
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