The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 has begun with three humdingers in a row, with the two new newcomers Gujarat Titans (GT) and Lucknow Super Giants(LSG) producing the tournament’s first final-over conclusion.
The Titans established an early lead by reducing LSG to 29/4 in the powerplay before the latter staged a comeback thanks to an 87-run stand between Deepak Hooda and debutant Ayush Badoni. While 158 was never going to be a safe total, the LSG spinners, headed by Sri Lankan pacer Dushmantha Chameera, made light work of it before Tewatia and David Miller delivered a spectacular finale to chase down 71 runs in the last six overs.
After losing opener Shubman Gill for a duck and Vijay Shankar for four, Matthew Wade and captain GT Hardik Pandya kept Gujarat on track with a 48-ball 57 partnership. Gujarat began their IPL campaign with a win because to Tewatia’s match-winning important knock.
Earlier, against the KL Rahul-led Super Giants, Titans captain Hardik Pandya chose to bowl first. The two teams got off to a sensational start in the IPL, with Titans pacer Mohammed Shami dismissing Lucknow skipper Rahul with his first delivery.
- Shami’s outstanding spell
On the first ball of the match, Mohammed Shami bowls a peach of a delivery to his former Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul. This was only the beginning.
Shami bowled at an angle around the stumps to get the ball into the left-handers, and in his following over, he got de Kock with a late swinging delivery that disturbed the timber. In his third over, Shami used his Test-match line and length to get rid of Manish Pandey, bowling him top of off stump and just kissing the bail, but it was enough. Shami’s statistics were 3/10 in three overs, as he single-handedly sent LSG into a tailspin inside the powerplay.
- Hardik Pandya is back!
Mumbai Indians discharged him on expected lines, but on surprising lines, Gujarat Titans, one of the two new sides, named him captain, a move that raised many eyebrows. Pandya, on the other hand, was getting ready for it. He aspired to return completely healthy, reenergized, and with a new team, this time as a leader.
And, based on the first game, Hardik as a captain has a lot of surprises in store for him. He came on and bowled four overs in a succession after the powerplay ended. Even though he gave up runs in the final over, seeing Pandya bowl at full strength was good news for both the Titans and the Indian side. As if that wasn’t enough, Hardik stepped up his game with the bat, going in at No. 4 and assisting Matthew Wade in reviving the Titans’ innings following early strikes.
- Show of young guns
The increased number of teams has helped find more young Indian talent on the largest T20 platform of all, like Lalit Yadav, N Tilak Varma, and now Ayush Badoni and Abhinav Manohar. With the Titans on 29/4, LSG put Ayush Badoni, a 22-year-old Delhi batsman, ahead of Krunal Pandya.
Badoni struggled at the outset, which was understandable given that it was his first IPL innings, but as he spent more time in the middle, he improved and settled into his innings. From the other end, Deepak Hooda was leading the charge, and once he had his eyes in, Badoni began to play his shots, and it didn’t matter who was bowling.