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IPL 2022 – Gujarat Titans vs Punjab Kings Match 48 – Post Match comments

The Punjab Kings defeated an in-form Gujarat Titans by eight wickets in Match 48 of IPL 2022, avenging their painful reverse fixture loss. Despite the loss, GT maintains its lead at the top of the standings, having won eight of ten games.

Hardik Pandya, the Gujarat captain, won the toss and chose to bat first. Due to an unfortunate run-out, they lost opener Shubman Gill. Wriddhiman Saha, the veteran wicketkeeper-batter, got off to a terrific start but was unable to convert it into an impacting knock. The Titans then lost their middle-order cheaply, as none of Rashid Khan, David Miller, or Rahul Tewatia performed effectively. GT posted a decent score of 143/8 thanks to Sai Sudharsan’s unbeaten 50-ball 65.

In response, Jonny Bairstow was dismissed again cheaply, but Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa contributed 87 runs for the second wicket until the latter was dismissed for 28 runs off 40 balls. Dhawan was then joined by Liam Livingstone, who also remained undefeated and enabled Punjab Kings to cross the line with four overs to spare. The highlight of the competition was Livingstone’s 117-meter-six. Shikhar remained unbeaten on 62 runs from 53 deliveries, while he was not out on a 10-ball 30.

The Punjab Kings emerged victoriously and this is what the captains and the player of the match had to say.

Hardik Pandya (Gujarat Titans) – Losing Captain

We weren’t even close to a par score. 170 would have been ideal, but we kept losing wickets regularly and never came anywhere near it. I backed ourselves with the bat, batting first wasn’t a wrong call, we needed to come out of our comfort zone (which was chasing targets). We have chased well in this tournament, if required (later on in the tournament), we had to know how to set targets. This is part of a learning curve, but this is all about learning to come out of our own comfort zone. We were always talking about getting better even when we were winning, we would talk about things that didn’t go our way (today) and would look to come back better in the coming games. We have another game in a couple of days, we need to regroup, winning and losing is a part of the sport.

Mayank Agarwal (Punjab Kings) – Winning Captain

We would like to string a few (wins), no better time than getting a few wins back-to-back. We are trying to get the best out of Jonny. He’s done well opening. I said, ‘It’s okay, I’ll bat at four, I’ll anchor the innings at four’. With Livi, it was clear, that Shikhar batted through and Livi could go out and play the way he wants to play. It was nice the way he played, got the score quickly. When we got to that position, two points are almost clear, if we can score it as quickly as possible, we could also improve the Net Run-Rate. I thought we bowled exceedingly well, we got early wickets and choked them in the middle. That really helped us to restrict them to a below-par score. The partnership between Shikhar and Bhanu was crucial for us.

Kagiso Rabada (Punjab Kings) – Player of the Match

Finally, we got the win. After being a bit inconsistent, we just wanted to string a couple of wins under our belt. We bowled well to restrict them. Our batters did the job. As a team, we had a good outing. You can’t get too greedy, you need to stick to your basics, that’s what I tried to do. (On Arshdeep) He’s got a lot of nerve, he has shown that, especially in the death overs. He reads the game well, he’s able to execute his skill and he’s done it game in game out. He knows what he wants to work on, I am not saying too much to him. As a bowler, you have to bowl in all stages of the game. It’s about figuring out how to be the most effective in each stage of the game.