Faf du Plessis, RCB captain, says the heat is one factor for the decision, and the players not getting cooked while fielding first is the other basis for the decision. He says a couple of bad games do not make theirs a bad team, and the solution is in the mindset change and not just in the nets. He says there are some quality players who need to be continually trusted as they know things will change and better results are around the corner.
Hardik Pandya, Gujarat captain’s 100th IPL game has him reminiscing and says he is proud of his growth as captain. He feels he wanted to bat first but thinks the pitch won’t change too much. In the meantime after the last game, the batters have had a hit in the nets and recovered to stay fresh and ready.
Faf du Plessis: We tried to get 175-180. They bowled well in the middle and kept us down. We started well with the ball but they played under pressure really well as they are in the tournament. Patidar played really well and with confidence. After two bad performances with the bat, coming back was good. But the bowlers being taken down by good batting took it their way. There was a big side on one side, and there was one over (4th last) where most balls went to the legside. (On Virat) It was a huge step in the right direction to get a solid 50. You want one of your top 4 to get the 70s in the future, so it’s good.
David Miller: Another game with Tewatia was great, it’s important to have such performances to get to the playoffs. Playing a lot of golf helped, but being relaxed with Ashish Nehra and Gary Kirsten on the coaches’ list helped. (On Hardik) He’s taken to captaincy well, his batting is good. He’s level-headed off the field and has managed the atmosphere excellently. Role clarity is essential, we are feeding off each other. Hope we put a well-rounded performance soon to go one step better from now, where we are doing well in parts. We have been good in the powerplay. It was pretty hot, so we will have a few ice baths and cold beers.
Gujarat Titans vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Highlights today, Saturday 30-4-2022. 43rd Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
RCB win the toss and choose to bat first.
Gujarat Titans team: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Hardik Pandya (capt), 4 Sai Sudharsan, 5 David Miller, 6 Rahul Tewatia, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Pradeep Sangwan, 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Lockie Ferguson, 11 Mohammed Shami
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: 1 Faf du Plessis (capt), 2 Virat Kohli, 3 Rajat Patidar, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Shahbaz Ahmed, 6 Mahipal Lomror, 7 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Rahul Tewatia is the Player of the Match for 43* (25). He becomes the seventh player in Gujarat Titans’ squad to win the award this season.
Mayank: “Lots of blunders by RCB today, under bowling Maxwell On a pitch which supported spinners and when the opposition had plenty of left-handers, Rawat dropping Miller, Solid but slow knock by Kohli cost them around 20-30 runs and lack of DK’s finishing prowess today proved costly.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 0
GT Won: 0
RCB Won: 0
Match Timings: 10:00 GMT | 15:30 Local
Umpires – Saiyed Khalid, Virender Sharma
TV Umpires – Nitin Menon
Match Referee – Shakti Singh
Reserve Umpire – Chirra Ravikanthreddy
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 43rd Match