Rashid Khan. Photo-iPL
Rashid Khan. Photo-iPL

Rashid Khan’s four for 24 from four overs against Lucknow Super Giants on Tuesday powered Gujarat Titans to a 62-run win and also became the first team to secure a berth in the IPL 2022 playoffs.

Gujarat Titans opener Shubman Gill remained unbeaten on 63 to push the Titans’ score to 144 after LSG bowled with discipline in the first innings.

Rashid Khan’s 4/24 helps GT defeat LSG by 62 runs

In the third delivery of his spell, Rashid foxed Krunal Pandya with a googly and Wriddhiman Saha was quick to whip the bails behind the stumps. The Titans vice-captain pinned Jason Holder in front of the stumps for LBW.

Rashid dismissed Deepak Hooda in the 14th over to end LSG’s hopes of staying in the chase before nicking Avesh Khan behind the stumps as KL Rahl & co skittle out for 82 in 13.5 overs.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan celebrates the wicket of LSG batter Deepak Hooda on Tuesday at the MCA stadium in Pune. Image: BCCI/IPL

Ahead of the LSG clash, Rashid had accounted for 11 wickets in as many games at an economy of 6.84. The Afghanistan leg-spinner admitted that he picked less wickets this season compared to the previous ones.

I cannot afford to lose my line and length: Rashid Khan

Rashid said he rectified with his line and length and sought aid from the pitch at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

Those couple of games which did not go well was all about my line and length. That was something I was missing in those games. The pace I bowl and action I have, I cannot afford to lose my line and length, it was about focusing on hitting the right area,” Rashid told official broadcasters after the game.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo: IPL)

“The wicket was helping today with bounce and turn, but overall it was about bowling in the right areas,” he added.

Pace bowler Yash Dayal (2/24) and IPL debutant Sai Kishore (2/7) picked two wickets each while Mohammed Shami bowled a tremendous spell of 1/5 in three overs.

Gujarat Titans will face Chennai Super Kings in their next game on May 15 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Also Read: LSG vs GT: Watch – Rashid Khan Bowls A Beauty To Trap Jason Holder Plumb LBW