Ruturaj Gaikwad: Good to get some runs under the well. A bit disappointed that I couldn’t finish. I think we are 10-15 runs short but the wicket is on the slower side. I think we were just looking to time the ball and not over-hit. So we were just trying to target certain bowlers. Before the toss, we would have taken this total but as one side is shorter, we need to bowl and field well. The ball is doing a bit. So hopefully we can make use of that.
Ravindra Jadeja: “We started brilliantly. The first six overs were good as a bowling unit, but credit goes to Miller, who played some good cricket shots. When we were batting, the wicket was gripping and the ball was holding so we thought 169 was a par score. But we didn’t execute our plans in the last five. (20th over) I think CJ is experienced so I thought let me go with him. He can bowl 4-5 yorkers. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen today, that’s the beauty of T20 cricket.”
Chennai Super Kings vs Gujarat Titans Highlights today, Sunday 17-4-2022. 29th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
Abhinav Manohar: “It felt great. Miller played a blinder, and so did Rashid. We were biting our nails, hoping we can go over the finish line. I was sitting in the same seat, the same position didn’t move an inch. Hardik is full of energy and he was putting his vibes out there. It was a great team performance. (Rashid as captain) Tough for Rashid, the first game as captain. Lots of pressure but handled it well. Bowled the 19th over too – doing great with bat and ball. Enjoying the franchise, letting me express myself, with no pressure from the management. Hope to make the most of it.”
Toss: GT won and chose to bat second.
Rashid Khan is out for the toss with Ravindra Jadeja. So no Hardik tonight. Titans have won the toss and they will bowl first. “Hardik has a little bit of stiffness in his groin,” Rashid says. “We have a break after this game, so hopefully he should be fine by the next one. Saha comes in for Wade.”
“Good positive energy in the dressing room,” Jadeja says. “We are going with the same team.”
Chennai Super Kings team: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Robin Uthappa, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Ravindra Jadeja (capt), 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Shivam Dube, 8 Dwayne Bravo, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 Maheesh Theekshana, 11 Mukesh Choudhary.
Gujarat Titans team: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Vijay Shankar, 4 David Miller, 5 Abhinav Manohar, 6 Rahul Tewatia, 7 Rashid Khan (capt), 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Yash Dayal, 11 Alzarri Joseph.
Rashid Khan: “It’s a dream to captain the team, but overall the win made it memorable. Special to deliver it with the bat. (When Miller walked out) We wanted to take the game deep. We knew we can get 90 in 7 overs. We told David to go for it when the ball was in his zone. We have a good lower order that can hit the ball really hard. (One batter short?) The discussion was that I haven’t got to bat in the first five games.
I consider myself an allrounder, want to fulfill that responsibility. Yes, we are going one batter short but Nos. 6 and 7 and so on need to take responsibility and finish it. I backed my batting skills and had a got discussion with Miller. Stayed focused and tried to hit the ball hard. (Jordan’s third over) That was the time I had to step up with the short boundary in play. Told him that if we can get 20 in the over then we can chase 30 in the last two. Luckily he bowled where I wanted it to.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 0
CSK Won: 0
GT Won: 0
David Miller, the player of the match: “(Similarity to century for Kings XI Punjab) Yes took me down memory lane. I wanted to see the ball, hit the ball. Wanted to express myself from the word go. It came off really well. Coming in at the powerplay allowed me to shine when the ball is harder than normal. Got more time too, so that was cool. Rashid’s batting releases a lot of pressure. It was an exceptional innings, for it that over was the gamechanger. The first couple of games we played we won close games. This is a close game too. We could’ve lost 4 out of 6, but instead have won 5 out of 6. Want to keep the gentle strokes coming.”
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – KN Ananthapadmanabhan, Ulhas Gandhe
TV Umpires – Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee – Narayanan Kutty
Reserve Umpire – Vinod Seshan
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 29th Match