Lockie Ferguson: It’s been a crazy IPL. It’s been a bit naughty for the quicks. Sometimes it’s about parking what happened last game and keeping it simple, with the same attitude. I had a great time at KKR and a great family. But once we cross the rope, it is full competition. Just soak in a bit more Vitamin D and it’s warmer than the evening games. It’s important to keep calm and put our best foot forward.
Ajinkya Rahane: Talks have been about backing the individual game plan. It’s important to not lose morale in a tournament like this. Advice to youngsters Just stay in the present and focus on the things at hand. The focus is on winning small moments. Brendon asked me to back my game and it’s important to find the right combination. I am trying to improve in the nets too.
Shreyas Iyer: The way we started in the powerplay while chasing and even with the ball. We shouldn’t have conceded that much in these conditions. I think 160-165 was a decent score and we did well to keep them below that. In this format, in all matches that are close we need to win those and only then we can climb up the ladder. Three out of our last four were very close matches. The energy and vibe is high before the game and it is disappointing that we are unable to convert it.
Hardik: “We have to preserve our energy and is better to bat when it’s hot. Vijay Shankar is out for Pandya. “We haven’t really played bad games and need to keep vibes and energy strong,” says Shreyas Iyer. Tim Southee, Sam Billings, and Rinku Singh come in for the Knight Riders.
Gujarat Titans vs Kolkata Knight Riders Highlights today, Saturday 23-4-2022. 35th Match (D/N), Tata Indian Premier League from Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai.
Hardik won the toss and bowl second.
Gujarat Titans team: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Abhinav Manohar, Hardik Pandya (capt), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami.
Kolkata Knight Riders team: Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (capt), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy.
Lockie Ferguson: Just gathering my thoughts after the win. Hell of an over from AJ after Russell did his thing. (About that catch) Honestly, it’s a bit of a blur. I thought he hit it straight up and it got big on me and did well to adjust. When someone like Dre Russ is in the middle anything can happen, the heart is still racing. The wicket was challenging to bat. The score that we got was a hiccup and Dre bowled a good last over. It’s nice to look around the change room and look at the quality and experience of the bowlers.
Hardik Pandya: I said by the time the tournament is over I would lose all my hair. As a team, we’ve been under pressure but the boys stepped up and showed their character. (Openers) I’ll play against the odds, it hasn’t come so far and must be around the corner. We’re backing them and in the middle, we’re managing alright. Once they kick in it’ll be wonderful. We have three days and I will go back and focus on the things I can control. I thought we were ten-twelve runs short. But I back my bowlers. The wicket played similarly throughout the match. I fancy on defending and having Rashid Khan and Lockie Ferguson changes dynamics. Shami in the powerplay, Alzarri bowling the way he bowled, Yash has bowled a no-ball for the second time and he will get better. When that happened, we were like that game would have been over and it wouldn’t have gone this close.
Head to head
Total matches played: 0
GT Won: 0
KKR Won: 0
Rashid Khan, the player of the match: Definitely it was a great win. The way Hardik batted at the top and took us to 156 was a good total. Shami, Joseph, and Yash bowled well and we tried to keep it tight. It is a kind of pressure when you are on 99. Luckily I got those two wickets and I am happy. But bowling economical helps put pressure. The more I bowl to Russell, the better for us. If we keep blocking, that might change momentum. His body doesn’t get used to blocking the ball. So happy to be on the winning side.
Match Timings: 10:00 GMT | 15:30 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, 35th Match