Gujarat Titans (GT), on Tuesday, defeated Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 62 runs at Pune’s MCA Stadium to storm into the playoffs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Opener Shubman Gill and all-rounder Rashid Khan were the chief architects of a sensational victory for Gujarat, who had lost back-to-back matches before this contest.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Gujarat lost three wickets early on a slow track where run-making looked quite challenging. Shubman, however, stood tall and played an anchor role to make sure his side reached a competitive score. The right-handed batter carried his bat, smashing an unbeaten 63 from 49 deliveries with the help of seven boundaries.

David Miller and Rahul Tewatia chipped in with valuable contributions to help GT post 144/4 in their allotted 20 overs. Miller scored 26 off 24 balls, while Tewatia made an unbeaten 22 from 16 deliveries.

In response, Lucknow never looked like they were in any control whatsoever as they kept losing wickets at quick successions to eventually get bundled out for 82 in 13.5 overs, losing the match by a big margin of 62 runs. Deepak Hooda, with 27 off 26 balls, was their highest run scorer.

For Gujarat, Rashid completely dominated the proceedings picking up a brilliant 4-wicket haul while conceding 24 runs in 3.5 overs. Apart from the Afghanistan superstar, uncapped Yash Dayal (2/24) and Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore (2/7) bagged a couple of scalps each.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

Playoffs, #AavaDe💙#SeasonOfFirsts #AavaDe #LSGvGT

— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) May 10, 2022

Saru Che !!! @Gujaratitans congratulations on qualifying in your first year of #IPL2022 well done guys !

Tough wicket to bat on but very well played @ShubmanGill showing great signs of maturity 👍

Bowlers winning the game with some top spells by @MdShami11 and @rashidkhan_19

— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 10, 2022

Playoffs calling 📞 @gujarat_titans

— Shubman Gill (@ShubmanGill) May 10, 2022

Nice to have the ‘Q’ next to our name 😃 Well done to everyone on achieving our first objective in this new franchise in our very first season 💪 Proud of all the boys and the work we’ve put in ❤️❤️ @gujarat_titans

— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) May 10, 2022

Awesome performance, First Team to qualify in their first season.Many Congratulations @gujarat_titans #TataIPL

— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) May 10, 2022

Tricky wicket but bowlers have to bowl in the right areas to get wickets. Brilliant bowling from GT bowlers. Specially Rashid Khan and Sai Kishore. #GTvLSG #IPL2022

— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) May 10, 2022

Congratulations to @gujarat_titans on becoming the first team to qualify for the #TATAIPL 2022 Playoffs.

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2022

🎉🥳 QUALIFIED! In the #SeasonofFirsts , Gujarat Titans become the first team to qualify for the playoffs of #IPL2022 .

📸 IPL • #GujaratTitans #GT #GTvsLSG #LSGvGT #IPL #IPL2022 #TATAIPL #BharatArmy

— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) May 10, 2022

Time for playoffs 🏆🔥#AavaDe @gujarat_titans #Playoffs #Titans #IPL2022

— Rahmanullah Gurbaz (@RGurbaz_21) May 10, 2022

Congratulations @gujarat_titans. First timers became the first qualifiers to playoffs. Very very happy for Aashupa. Good going 👏#Nehraji #PPpedia #GTvLSG

— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) May 10, 2022

Congratulations @gujarat_titans on qualifying for IPL play offs. First team to do this in this year’s IPL. Many had their doubts over them but their captain, players, coaches and support staff truly nailed it. #GTvsLSG #TATAIPL2022

— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) May 10, 2022

Gujaratis on top. Many congratulations to the franchise and the team for qualifying for the playoffs. Bowling was top class! @gujarat_titans

— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 10, 2022

Delighted for @gujarat_titans – A tale of second chances. A team made around experience not hype, basics over matchups. Expecting LSG to bounce back and cruise into the playoffs too. But congratulations GT, the team and management for a stellar show so far #GTvLSG

— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) May 10, 2022

Tough match, but haar nahi maanenge. We’ll come back stronger and sharper 💪🏽#AbApniBaariHai💪#IPL2022 🏆 #bhaukaalmachadenge #lsg #LucknowSuperGiants #T20 #TataIPL

— Lucknow Super Giants (@LucknowIPL) May 10, 2022

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