Bengaluru, May 19: Lucknow Super Giants joined fellow newcomers Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 playoffs following a thrilling 2-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday (May 18).
In their debut IPL season, LSG and GT have impressed many right from the auctions and were finally rewarded with a top four finish and who knows the two teams may clash for the third time this season in the Qualifiers or the all important final.
Hardik Pandya-led Titans took a rather easy route to seal their playoffs spot via a victory over the fellow newcomers LSG on May 10 and followed that with a victory over Chennai Super Kings to confirm a first-place finish with one game in hand.
The comfort is so revealing for GT as they sealed a playoff berth with two games to go when others around them were scrambling for a place in the top four. And the confident Titans ensured a first-place finish with one game to go.
KL Rahul's LSG, on the other hand, took the hard route into the playoffs as they needed a stunning catch to pull off a last ball thriller against KKR after back-to-back losses had dented their confidence coming into their final league match of the season.
However, second place that gives them a second chance is still not their own as third-placed Rajasthan Royals can claim that position with a victory over CSK on Friday (May 20).
Overall, GT has won 10 of their 14 matches so far, while LSG ended the league stage with 5 defeats and 9 wins in 14 matches. GT also did the double over LSG.
Here is a look at Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants route to the playoffs:
|Match No.||Gujarat Titans||Lucknow Super Giants|
|1||Beat LSG||Lost to GT|
|2||Beat DC||Beat CSK|
|3||Beat PBKS||Beat SRH|
|4||Lost to SRH||Beat DC|
|5||Beat RR||Lost to RR|
|6||Beat CSK||Beat MI|
|7||Beat KKR||Lost to RCB|
|8||Beat SRH||Beat MI|
|9||Beat RCB||Beat PBKS|
|10||Lost to PBKS||Beat DC|
|11||Lost to MI||Beat KKR|
|12||Beat LSG||Lost to GT|
|13||Beat CSK||Lost to RR|
|14||Lost to RCB||Beat KKR|
The two sides have also seen some standout performers both individually and as a team. Here is a look at the comparison of the stats between the two sides in the league stages:
|Stats||Gujarat Titans||Lucknow Super Giants|
|Won Batting 1st||5||7|
|Won Batting 2nd||5||2|
|Highest Total||199/5 vs SRH||211/4 vs CSK|
|Lowest Total||137/3 vs CSK (Run Chase)||82 All Out vs GT|
|Most Runs||Hardik Pandya (413 runs)||KL Rahul (537 runs)|
|Most Wickets||Mohammed Shami & Rashid Khan (18 wickets)||Avesh Khan (17 wickets)|
|Most Sixes||David Miller (17)||KL Rahul (25)|
|Most Fours||Shubman Gill (43)||Quinton de Kock (47)|
|Most Fifties||Hardik Pandya & Shubman Gill - 4||Deepak Hooda - 4|
|Most Hundreds||NA||KL Rahul - 2|
|Highest Scorer||Shubman Gill - 96 off 59 balls vs PBKS||Quinton de Kock - 140* off 70 balls vs KKR|
|Best Bowling Innings||Rashid Khan - 4/24 vs LSG||Mohsin Khan - 4/16 vs DC|