Gujarat Titans (GT) captain Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 62 out of 47 deliveries, but his efforts were overshadowed by Virat Kohli’s super 73 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) scored a stunning win by 8 wickets on Thursday. The win kept their hopes alive in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 qualifiers, but at the same time, it marked the end of the campaign of the likes of Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Elevate your Hardik GT to a competitive total level. Entering the game with a streak of low scores, he prepared well for matches with fifty well-made even though he wasn’t at his best. After losing 14th, he made it count alongside David Miller (34 of 25), who continued his impressive championship run.
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But Kohli reclaimed his form with an impressive half-century, playing 73 innings from 54 deliveries. He featured in a 115-game opening podium with captain Fav de Plessis (44 of 38) before Glenn Maxwell (40 not out of 18) went ballistic to secure the team’s home run at 18.4.
Speaking at the post-game presentation, Pandya said he felt 186 was an equal score, but the way the RCB players, especially Maxwell’s playing, made them feel like they were 10 short runs.
“We only got an equal score. The ball was stopping here and there and we were happy with 168. We wanted to give Loki the chance, but the wicket was holding a bit. So, we wanted to go for bowlers who threw slower players and got away from the ball. We pulled,” Pandya said. Things are in the middle, but the way Maxwell played, in the end, made us feel like we were 10 short runs away.”
Pandya emphasized that they may have lost their last league game of the tournament but will try not to repeat the same mistake in the qualifiers.
“We’re on the right track and we just need to take care of losing the wicket. Learning is to make sure we don’t do that in the playoffs. It’s always good to score points. The way the boys hurt and the way we go, it teaches the players. I don’t know about Saha’s injury. It was He feels his hamstrings and it was a precautionary measure to keep him off the field.”
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