Riding on Mohammad Shami’s brilliant pace bowling, Gujarat Titans (GT) started their IPL 2022 campaign on a winning note, beating Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday, March 28.

Put in to bat first, LSG managed to post a competitive after some early hiccups. The KL Rahul-led side was reduced to 29/4 inside the powerplay, but Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni scored half-centuries to take their team’s total above the 150-run mark.

In reply, Gujarat too kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, however in the end, Rahul Tewatia held his nerves to take his side over the finish line. Abhinav Manohar also played a crucial knock of unbeaten 15 runs off 7 balls for Hardik Pandya’s team.

Brief Scores: Lucknow Super Giants 158/6 (Deepak Hooda 55, Ayush Badoni 54; Mohammed Shami 3-25) lost to Gujarat Titans 161/5 in 19.4 overs (Rahul Tewatia 40 not out; Dushmantha Chameera 2-22) by 5 wickets.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

Gujarat titans welcome to the league. Solid win! But Lucknow super Giants kept fighting. Don’t take this team lightly even though they lost tonight.

— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 28, 2022

A thriller was called and a thriller it is 🤷‍♂️! Well played @gujarat_titans could have been easier but I really think this team with a couple of tweaks could be a real threat to the others! #LucknowSuperGiants just need momentum going and sure they will come back strong! #LSGvsGT

— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) March 28, 2022

Tewatia Ek kranti hai, saamne waali team mein ashaanti hai.
All hail Lord Tewatia.

Fantastic win for Gujarat.
Great to see the debutant Indians from both teams Ayush Badoni and Abhinav Manohar showing their skills. #LSGvsGT pic.twitter.com/ChLjFCGygJ

— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 28, 2022

Super game of cricket! @MdShami11 proved his class again, @hardikpandya7 did well in his captaincy debut in @IPL & @rahultewatia02 showed his prowess in #TataIPL. Congrats to @gujarat_titans for their first ever victory in the tournament.#LSGvGT #CricketTwitter #GujaratTitans pic.twitter.com/DMb5HDs1H0

— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) March 28, 2022

If you lose more than 3 wickets in power play, game is over. But credit to @LucknowIPL for fighting till the end. Good start by @hardikpandya7 the captain and his team. #LSGvGT #LSGvGT #GTvsLSG #IPL2022

— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) March 28, 2022

What a way to kick-off the tournament, @gujarat_titans 🔥 Great performances by the captain @hardikpandya7 @DavidMillerSA12 and the man @rahultewatia02 🙌 and a brilliant cameo by Abhinav Manohar. Mubarak ho Nehra ji 🎉 #IPL2022 #LSGvGT

— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 28, 2022

Absolutely wonderful performance by @mdshami11 😍👏#LSGvsGT #IPL2022

— Kendra Lust™ (@KendraLust) March 28, 2022

Congratulations on winning your first game @gujarat_titans. Great performance by @MdShami11 @rahultewatia02 @HoodaOnFire and our youngsters Ayush & Abhinav. It was a tough game, IPL promised nail biting games & that’s what is exactly happening #IPL2022 #GTvLSG

— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 28, 2022

Mohammad Shami is easily the world’s most underrated pacer. Bhai ko halke mein maat lena.. #puregold @MdShami11

— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 28, 2022

Sensational Shami 🥳🥳 #IPL2022

— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 28, 2022

Top knock under pressure from the debutant Ayush Badoni! This #IPL2022 is going to bring a lot of young stars into the limelight for sure, this is just the beginning 👌🏽 #LSGvsGT

— Abhinav mukund (@mukundabhinav) March 28, 2022

Player of the Match: Mohammed Shami #GTvLSG pic.twitter.com/YfACyhCOu1

— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) March 29, 2022

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