Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals, 24th Match (N), DY Patil, April 14, 2022, Indian Premier League
Match Result: Gujarat Titans won by 37 runs
Player of the Match: Hardik Pandya
Match Report: The captain stands up when you need him the most. What an innings by Pandya. Superb display of power-hitting. Gujarat Titans have come up as one of the best teams so far. The character they have shown is incredible. They are the first team to reach 8 points. The whole unit is performing brilliantly. Credit to Pandya for leading them in such a way. A promising future can be seen for them.
Batting first, Titans lost their openers early. Wade’s poor IPL continued while Gill got out for a low score for the second time in a row. Vijay Shankar never really has impressed in IPL and tonight was no different. But then there was a big partnership that changed the whole phase of the game. Pandya and Abhinav Manohar took the responsibility of carrying the team to a good total. And they did it pretty well. Pandya hit 4 sixes in his innings. It seems like he has returned to his old way. His striking was clean, timing was perfect and placement was beyond amazing. Looking at the bowling chart of Royals, no single bowler had an economy of less than 8. Everyone got hammered.
In reply, Royals lost their opener for a golden duck. Butler played well for his 54. He still has the orange cap with him. But the other top order batters did not get going at all. Hetmyer played well, Parag and Neesham failed to produce a miracle. Looking at the bowlers of Titans, Ferguson was the pick of them. His pace was too much for the Royals to answer. Yash Dayal had three wickets to his tally. Pandya ended the things with a wicket to his name.
Hardik Pandya: Always good to win. It is just cramps. Not used to batting for so long. Gives me time though to calculate. Today I got the rhythm and planned my knock. It allows the others to play freely. I have done the other role where I have scored 12 balls 30. Captaincy is always fun. Be the flagbearer of the team. The team is gelling well. I wanted all of us to be happy for each other’s happiness. That is working well for the team.
Sanju Samson: You can say that (if Gurajat got 10-15 extra runs). But I would like to give credit to their batters. Hardik played a very good innings, they played really well to get that score. If we had wickets in hand this was chasable I feel. We were almost there in terms of run rate, in the powerplay we had a better run rate actually, But we kept losing wickets. Freaky niggle last night in training, definitely missed him (Boult). Hopefully he will be back soon. He (Hardik) had a really good day today, batted, bowled and fielded well. I have played enough number of years in this league to understand that each game is crucial. Very important to learn and comeback stronger in the next game. I was doing No. 3 continuously till last season.
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Video of Hardik Pandya 87 Runs: 8 Fours 4 Sixes: GT vs RR: IPL 2022— Vicky Parvatan (@VParvatan) April 14, 2022