Leggie Khan spins Titans into IPL playoffs

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Rashid Khan has taken 4-24 as Gujarat Titans beat Lucknow Super Giants to become the first team to book a berth in the playoffs for the Indian Premier League.

Khan's wiles helped bowl out Lucknow for a paltry 82 runs in less than 14 overs on Tuesday after Gujarat had scored 4-144 (20 overs).

Shubman Gill's fourth half-century this season also helped the league-leading Titans to the 62-run success, their ninth win in 12 games in their maiden season.

"THAT INTO THE PLAYOFFS FEELING," Khan tweeted.

"A brilliant team effort tonight and what a way to bounce back!"

Lucknow, whose four-match winning run was snapped, need to win one of their remaining two games to seal a playoff spot of their own.

Gujarat had opted to bat after winning the toss but opener Wriddhiman Saha (5) went early.

So did Aussie Matt Wade. He cracked his second and third balls for four but was dismissed for a seven-ball ten. When Hardik Pandya (11) was out Gujarat were 3-51.

But man of the match Gill held the innings together with an anchoring knock, scoring 63 not out off 49 balls, as Avesh Khan took 2-26.

David Miller (26) and Rahul Tewatia (22 not out) helped Gill take Gujarat to a defendable total before Lucknow lost wickets quickly and cheaply.

Skipper Lokesh Rahul (8) was caught behind off Mohammed Shami (1-5). Yash Dhawal then struck twice in removing Quinton de Kock (11) and youngster Karan Sharma (4) to crawl to 3-33.

Thereafter, it was the Khan show as the Afghanistan legspinner ran through Lucknow's middle and lower order.

First, he had Krunal Pandya (5) stumped. Later, Deepak Hooda (27) holed out in the 13th over, with Jason Holder trapped lbw for a first-ball duck.

In between, Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis was run out for two after being stranded by Hooda.

Lucknow lost their last seven wickets for 49 runs leading to the second-lowest score in the IPL season, after Royal Challengers Bangalore's 62 all out against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting