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IPL 2022 – Gujarat Titans vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match 43 – Post Match comments

On April 30, the Gujarat Titans defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in Match 43 of the IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. They also retained first place by winning their eighth game, giving them a total of 16 points.

In the afternoon game, RCB captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and chose to bat first. His stint at the crease lasted only four deliveries until he was caught for a duck by Pradeep Sangwan. The partnership of Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar then took the stage, putting on a 99-run stand for the second wicket. Kohli led the way with 58 runs off 53 deliveries, while Patidar hit a 32-ball 52 to help Bangalore reach 170/6.

The match ended in a win for the Gujarat Titans and this is what the captains and the player of the match had to say.

Faf du Plessis (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – Losing Captain

We were trying to get to 175-180, the foundation was good, but they did bowl well in the middle overs, but I thought we were 5-10 runs short of a total which I felt was very good. But we started well with the ball, but credit to the (GT) guys for being consistent right through the campaign, they have been so calm during their chases. Patidar played really well, it was great for him and the team. It was a good effort to come out and bat like that as a team, especially after what happened during the last two games, that confidence is what we’ll take forward, but we conceded 2-3 easy boundaries on the short side, but it still needed some quality finishing from them. There is always pressure, especially when you’ve quality players in the middle. But as I said, it was a tricky target and there was a big square on one side and we had to keep the ball away from the short side. If I’m not wrong, the 4th last over, we kept feeding them onto the short side and that’s what you’d have to stay away from, minimize the damage as much as possible. But with one big boundary, you can still do well if you bowl in the right areas. That was a huge step in the right direction (on Kohli scoring runs). Cricket is a massive game of confidence and it’ll be huge. To get a solid fifty, it’s big for him and for us, something that we can take forward. You will need someone in the top-4 to go out and make those 70s and 80s, scores around 30s and 40s will not help win matches

Hardik Pandya (Gujarat Titans) – Winning Captain

That’s the beauty of this team, people coming in and showing what they can do in clutch situations is becoming quite a habit, something I don’t mind happening. We always back them to do it, but they’re defying odds time and again. Credit to their confidence level (on Miller, Tewatia, and Rashid), the self-belief that they’re having, making sure they can finish games. To be very honest, we don’t play to what people say, at the end of the day, it’s up to yourself to improve, that’s what we want. I have had a lot of chats with Rahul (Tewatia), you can see that self-belief, if you can finish games like this, you need to be super cool. That makes you think that 7, 8, or even 9 can make you win. This win is dedicated to the people of Gujarat, as it’s Gujarat Day tomorrow, thanks for all the love and wishes you’ve shown us. As I have played a lot in Maharashtra, happy Maharashtra day as well.

Rahul Tewatia (Gujarat Titans) – Player of the Match

I can’t say that I stay cool during chases, but a lot of things will be going beneath, as to how to take it forward, which bowler to target, and which areas to hit. I then try and follow the plans. In the death overs, you’d need to play some pre-planned shots, but I certainly look at the field and then look at the ball before hitting. So, if the ball is outside off, I will look to go over the off-side, if it’s on the stumps, I play the leg-side shots. I have bettered my off-side game during this tournament, the bowlers had planned to keep fielders in the off-side, so I knew I could hit the gaps, I could get the boundaries, I have opened up both sides of the ground now. You have to finish games, never mind the target. The pitches have been really good, you can chase even 60 runs off the final 5 overs. I have spent a lot of time with him (Miller), we were together at PBKS for a year, with RR for a couple of years, so we have good bonding, and we talk about finishing games even in the nets. I have the belief in myself that I can finish games as long as I stay in the middle.