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Rahul Tewatia: Tewatia is a revolution, there is unrest in the front team… Virender Sehwag was glad to see his quick innings


new Delhi: A super exciting match was played at Wankhede between two new teams, Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Supergiants, who are making their IPL debut. Gujarat Titans eventually won by 5 wickets in a very close match. Senior pacer Mohammed Shami (3/25) made the match almost one-sided in the beginning with his sensational bowling. There was a target of 158 runs in front of Gujarat Titans but the team seemed to falter. Later, Rahul Tewatia’s quick batting gave the team victory.

Former India explosive batsman Virender Sehwag has praised Rahul Teotia in his own style. Sehwag has written while rhyming that Tewatiya is a revolution, there is unrest in the front team. Apart from this, he has also praised the young batsman of Lucknow team, Ayush Badoni. The Lucknow team was seen surrendering in the fifth over after losing the wickets of four top batsmen for 29 runs. But in this difficult time, two young batsmen Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni refused to lay down their arms. Both of them got the team out of trouble by putting up a brilliant partnership of 87 runs in 68 balls. Hooda scored 55 off 41 balls while Ayush contributed 54 off 41 balls. Due to the strong innings of both of them, Lucknow made a strong total of 158 runs for 6 wickets. While chasing the target, Titans were also in trouble at one point of time but Rahul Tewatia scored an unbeaten 40 (24 balls) to give the finishing touches to the match.

Hardik took the responsibility
In reply, Gujarat did not start well and they too lost two important wickets for 15 runs in three overs. In such a situation, the captain of the team, Hardik Pandya took up the responsibility. Hardik, who came on the field after a long time, together with the second opener Matthew Wade from here, took the score to 72 runs in 10 overs. Hardik was caught on a personal score of 33 by his elder brother Krunal Pandya. This was the first time the two brothers were playing against each other at a senior level. Rahul Tewatia and David Miller turned the tide of the match for their team by sharing a scintillating 60-run partnership off just 34 balls. Tewatia once again showed Gujarat on the backfoot when Miller was dismissed for 138 in the 18th over. But Abhinav Manohar, who came on the field to support Tevatia, once again put Gujarat ahead in this race by playing some big shots. Gujarat needed 11 runs to win in the last over and Abhinav hit two fours in the first two balls to decide the result of the match. Tewatia finished the match with a four on the fourth ball.

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Minus from the very first ball
Earlier, after winning the toss, Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya decided to bowl first and on the very first ball, Shami took the valuable wicket of Lucknow team captain KL Rahul. The ball bowled over the fine line went into the wicketkeeper’s glove while kissing the bat but the umpire turned down the appeal for a catch out. Referring to his wicketkeeper bowler, Hardik took the referral and the Lucknow team went to the minus on the very first ball. His first wicket had fallen without opening the account. In front of Shami, new batsman Evin Lewis and second opener Quinton de Kock were also not feeling comfortable on his balls. In the entire season of the last IPL, Shami could take only four wickets in the powerplay, but in the very first match of this season, he took three wickets in the powerplay.

Hooda-Badoni changed color
The impact of Shami’s havoc was visible on the score of the powerplay. The Lucknow team had lost four wickets for 32 in the first six overs. From here, Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni, playing with the wickets, took the team’s score to 47 runs for four wickets in 10 overs. In the 11th over, Hooda gave some momentum to the run-rate by hitting two fours on Hardik Pandya. But for the first time in the Lucknow camp, there was some happiness when Hooda hit the first six of the match on the second ball of the 13th over. In this over of Varun, he scored a total of 17 runs by hitting two more fours, making it the most expensive over ever. He completed his fifty off 36 balls. Batting at the other end, Ayush Badoni had so far only scored 11 runs in 20 balls and was only looking to save the wicket. But seeing Hooda in color, he also joined the party. When Hardik came on the attack, Badoni filled the Lucknow camp with 6, 4, 4 in his first three balls.

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