Delhi Capitals (DC) succumbed to their first loss in the IPL 2022 season as Gujarat Titans (GT) managed to wrangle their opponents and take home the two points courtesy of a 14-run win.
Batting first, Gujarat put up a competitive total of 171 on the board. Much of it was down to the brilliant knock from Shubman Gill, who took his time before unleashing his orthodox array of strokes.
Skipper Hardik Pandya chipped in with a 27-ball 31 while David Miller scored 20 in 15 balls. For Delhi, Mustafizur Rahman was stunning with the ball, ending with figures of 3/23 while the other bowlers were taken to the cleaners.
In response, Delhi was struggling at 34/3 before Lalit Yadav and Rishabh Pant revived the innings. The former was run-out at an inopportune moment following which, DC began losing wickets at regular intervals.
The match was finally killed off by Mohammed Shami when he dismissed the dangerous West Indian batter, Rovman Powell, leaving Delhi in tatters. Eventually, Delhi was restricted to 157/9, handing Pandya and co. their second win of the season.
Lockie Ferguson and Shami were the picks of the lot. The latter took two wickets while Lockie returned figures of 4/28, constantly troubling the batters with his excessive pace.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to GT vs DC:
Gujarat Titans surely had the better bowling plan. Use the short ball well. Delhi capitals must be disappointed, they had game in their hand! #GujaratTitans
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 2, 2022
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) April 2, 2022
Great start for new captain @hardikpandya7 and coach #Nehraji in this #IPL2022 with consecutive wins. Defending a tricky total wasn’t easy but Hardik led from the front and his ‘international’ attack showed its class in #GTvsDC match. pic.twitter.com/ztYIH5zFZU
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 2, 2022
Sarum ramya Gujratis 👍 bowlers have won that game for the titans ! Very well led by @hardikpandya7 great spell @MdShami11 #lockiefurguson !! Great knock @ShubmanGill but still need to make improvements in death hitting ! Aur yeh nehra ji ki smile offside 😁 #DCvsGT #IPL2022
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 2, 2022
The biggies rise to the occasion again for the @gujarat_titans . Fantastic last over of their spells from Lockie, Rashid and Shami. Timely course correction from Hardik Pandya. The best version of Shubhman on display. Quietly, strung two impressive wins already #GTvsDC #IPL2022
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) April 2, 2022
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 2, 2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 2, 2022
— Raj dAiYA (@RajdAiY59424140) April 2, 2022
Two in Two Matches won by Gujarat Titans. Hardik Pandya leading this side and won two matches in a row, second team in this IPL. Brilliant performance by Hardik Pandya and co. pic.twitter.com/6I64tiF3Qz #IPL2022
— Gaurav Singh (@GauravS20880650) April 2, 2022
😉 These two know how to win on April2⃣ pic.twitter.com/AFZFs1d14S
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) April 2, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 2, 2022
Gujarat Titans have got a dream start in #IPL2022 – winning both the matches – stars are Lockie Ferguson and Shubman Gill.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 2, 2022