“We are here to win” – Twitter explodes as Gujarat Titans are the first team to qualify for the playoffs

WATCH: Hardik Pandya’s distraught reaction after getting out caught behind

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Ladies and Gentlemen, after 57 league matches, we have our first qualifiers for the playoffs in the IPL 2022. The new entrants, Gujarat Titans, have become the first team to qualify for the playoffs after defeating Lucknow Super Giants by 62 runs in the 57th match of the IPL 2022 at the MCA Stadium, Pune.

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On Sunday, both teams locked horns in the top-of-the-table contest with a place in the playoffs on the line. Gujarat Titans’ skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss flip and asked the opposition to bat first on a tricky surface.

Lucknow Super Giants were superb with the bowl as they didn’t allow the opposition to break the shackles. They kept chipping wickets at the regular interval to contain the Titans for a below-par total of 144/4 in 20 overs.

The opener Shubman Gill was brilliant with the bat as the young Punjab-lad held one end with an unbeaten knock of 63 runs off 49 deliveries. He got some support at the death from Rahul Tewatia, who played a useful knock of unbeaten 22 runs off 16 deliveries to give bowlers something to fight for.

Gujarat Titans successfully defended the total to seal a berth in the playoffs

Defending the total, Gujarat Titans removed LSG’s two best batters, KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock, early to break the backbone of their batting. After that, they never allowed the opposition to settle in as Deepak Hooda top-scored for the Super Giants with 27 runs.

Such was the dominance of the Titans’ bowlers that only three batters, including Avesh Khan, reached the double-figures. In the end, Lucknow Super Giants were bundled out for paltry 82 runs to surrender a 62-run defeat.

With 9 wins in 12 matches, Gujarat Titans become the first team to qualify for the playoffs. They will now try to stay among the top two to qualify for the qualifiers first.

After the IPL 2022 got its first playoffs team, Twitter went into a frenzy. The fans appreciated Gujarat Titans and their skipper Hardik Pandya for their brilliant performances.

Check out the best tweets here:

 

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