IPL 2022 – Gujarat Titans vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Match 40 – Post match comments
The Gujarat Titans defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 40 of the IPL 2022 in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The match went down to the wire, and a last-over drama saw the Hardik Pandya-led team emerge victoriously. With the win, the Gujarat Titans have reclaimed first place in the points table with seven wins in eight games and are inching closer to qualification.
Gujarat Titans won the toss and chose to bowl first without hesitation. Mohammed Shami dismissed Kane Williamson and Rahul Tripathi early, leaving Abhishek Sharma (65) and Aiden Markram (56) to steady the ship. The pair combined 96 for the third wicket and provided the fuel for a strong finish. With Shashank Singh’s 6-ball-25, the Sunrisers recorded a massive total of 195/6 in their 20 overs.
In response, the Gujarat Titans got off to a flying start, with openers Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha both going after the bowling, with Saha, in particular, being aggressive from the start. Umran Malik dismissed Gill and Hardik Pandya with some jaw-dropping deliveries, and the speedster looked a lot more dangerous in the middle overs. However, Saha continued to attack the spinners from one end, and it took a magnificent yorker from Malik to dismiss Saha for a well-made 38-ball 68.
Malik then grabbed David Miller and Abhinav Manohar in quick succession to complete his maiden five-wicket haul in the IPL. Despite Malik’s superb stint, Rahul Tewatia (40*) and Rashid Khan (31*) kept their side in the chase with some lusty strokes in the finish, and it came down to 22 needed off Marco Jansen’s last over. Rashid, the former SRH spinner, struck two sixes off the last two deliveries to help his team win the game on the final ball.
At the end of an entertaining match, here’s what the captains and the player of the match had to say.
Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – Losing Captain
It was a fantastic game of cricket that ebbed and flowed throughout the 40 overs, it’s a game of very fine margins. Could have gone either ways, but a great learning for us. Another strong performance at the top of the table though. It was a fantastic finish by Shashank Singh, he played beautifully. Credit to Gujarat as they played outstandingly well, we’ll take positives out of this game. He (Malik) has been bowling beautifully, an outstanding performance by him. If you are not on the money, the ball can fly anywhere. He (Rashid) has done it already in this tournament, and he has done it again. There’s a lot of learning for us, but with two strong sides such things happen. He (Jansen) will bounce back nicely, there have been a number of games like these. Sometimes you are blown away by the better side, credit to them (Gujarat) as they played outstandingly well.
Hardik Pandya (Gujarat Titans) – Winning Captain
I keep joking in the dressing room that God is telling us ‘You guys are good, I’ll help you’. It’s happening so often that I fear we may run out of luck in the knockout games. We keep a very chilled atmosphere and everyone is stepping up. We’re ensuring that the players are backed well. (On his bowling fitness) It’s just a conscious decision to manage my bowling, plan is to bowl whenever the team needs me. It’s a long tournament and I don’t want to get too excited early. We’re quite practical, we’ve spoken about winning these situations and there is a lot of self-belief in the camp. It’s important to keep the calm in the dugout, lot of credit goes to the support staff for how they’ve been handling the players.
Umran Malik (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – Player of the Match
I always bowl fast but I’ve been trying to bowl better lines and lengths. Plan was to rotate between between my plans. Idea was to attack the stumps and it’s worked well for me. 155 (kph), hopefully it happens, but the main goal is to bowl well and pick wickets for my team.