The Gujarat Titans team played seven matches so far and won six of them. One match they have lost against their today’s opponents Sunrisers Hyderabad. HH Pandya the captain of the Gujarat Titans team is their leading runs scorer, by scoring 295 runs in six matches. DA Miller is their second-best performer in terms of batting. He scored 220 runs, Shubman Gill 207. From the SRH team, Abhishek Sharma is their top performer with 220 runs, RA Tripathi 212, and AK Markram scored 190 runs.
T Natarajan is the second most wickets taker of the tournament so far with 15 wickets in seven innings. Umran Malik took ten and B Kumar took nine wickets. From the Gujarat Titans team’s bowling performances, Mohammed Shami is their leading wickets taker with ten wickets, LH Ferguson took nine and Rashid Khan took eight wickets.
“It was a fantastic game of cricket that ebbed and flowed throughout the whole 40 overs really. From our perspective, when you have two really strong sides that are playing good cricket going at it, the game is played at very small margins. As we saw going into that last over, it could’ve gone either way. So great learning for us as a side, first time batting first for us as well, so a lot of good learning. Another strong performance against top-of-the-table opposition.
[in the first innings] and Shashank has obviously been in the side for five games now and hasn’t quite had an opportunity, so he came out and played beautifully well and gave us a great opportunity to post a strong total. But credit to Gujarat. They played outstandingly well. They’re a side that are winning some of those fine margins at the moment and credit to where they are on the table. But for us there was a lot of good in that game and we’ll take the positives.
[On Umran Malik]
He’s sort of been bowling beautifully really and making a difference but it was only a matter of time before he would have a day like this. An outstanding performance from him, a match-winner there. [On Rashid Khan vs Marco Jansen] “He’s got some of the fastest hands going around. So if you’re not quite on the money, the ball can fly anywhere and go a long way. He’s done it already in this tournament and he’s done it again today. We tried to get our plans right and get it out of his zones but the margins are fine. When the pressure is on, there’s a lot of learning to be had and we were not quite there.
Our death bowling
for us has been outstanding throughout this competition, but with two strong sides, these sorts of things happen, and credit to Gujarat. It was a very good performance. [On Marco Jansen] He’s a strong competitor and he’ll bounce back nicely. It’s one of those things. T20 cricket, as we know there’s been some close games and this was another one of those. For us, the focus is about the cricket that we want to play and it was another good performance. We didn’t quite get the win but sometimes you’re beaten by a better side or perhaps a side on the day that wins some fine moments.”
Man of the Moment Rashid Khan:
“The feeling feels good, but at the same time you just have it in mind to go out there and have the self-belief, keep my shape strong and hit it. I was happy to do it against them, but I was just trying to play my game and have the belief in my batting which I’ve been working on for the last two years. [Heading into the last over mindset] When it was 22 left, I just told Tewatia that we have given 25 in the last over with our best bowler Ferguson. We just have to have that belief in ourselves. If we have one missed ball, don’t think about it and don’t panic.
Just stay strong
and we need to finish it or get as close as possible because it might help us with run rate. But as long as we have that belief, anything is possible. Just stay there, keep your shape, and hit it strong. So that was our plan and luckily we had those four sixes. [On Rashid’s bowling] I haven’t bowled as good as I should have done. I bowled four or five bad deliveries which have been punished. On a wicket like this, you can’t miss your line and length and that is something which I have done and Abhishek finished it off. This was a good wicket to bat on. Still, we bowled really well to restrict them to 190. I felt it was a wicket of 180+. I haven’t bowled as well as I should have been but this is something that is good for my learning and something I will try my best to not repeat in the next games.
[On being at Gujarat]
I think it has been very calm and cool. It’s very relaxed. Everyone has been doing great. It’s a great team to be part of. Most important is that everyone knows their responsibility, and everyone respects each other. We have been given positive energy from the captain, and especially the head coach Ashish Bhai, I think he has kept the team in a beautiful environment. It’s all about having good memories outside of the ground and then just focusing on the game. We’re enjoying each other’s company and give 100% to enjoy the game. I’m so happy to be a part of this but most importantly to win the game and these two points will help us.”
Gujarat Titans vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Highlights today, Wednesday 27-4-2022. 40th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
GT won the toss, Hardik chose to bat second.
Gujarat Titans team: Gill, Saha (wk), Hardik (capt.), Miller, Tewatia, Manohar, Rashid, Alzarri, Ferguson, Shami, Yash.
Sunrisers Hyderabad team: Williamson (capt.), Abhishek, Tripathi, Markram, Pooran (wk), Shashank, Washington, Bhuvneshwar, Jansen, Umran, Natarajan.
“I think God is telling us I’ll help you guys. But it’s happening quite often that by the time the main games come, we might run out of luck. But it’s been fantastic. People are stepping up. A lot of credit goes to the support staff, the kind of environment we have kept. A lot of people get a lot of freedom. It’s very chilled out. There’s not much pressure given to the players. A lot of pressure is taken on by the leadership group. Everyone is stepping up and doing justice to what they represent. I’m trying to manage when I should bowl in important games. It’s a long tournament. I don’t want to get too excited. I don’t have to show how I’m bowling.
Whenever my team needs it
as required, I’ll come back and bowl as well and the same with Rahul [Tewatia] as well. He’s ready whenever the ball is given to him. [On Saha] Fantastic. A lot of experience and he was batting fantastically throughout the tournament. It was just unfortunate a couple of games he got out. Last game I was asked about the opening partnership and I think today it was a fantastic start by Shubman and Wriddhi and Wriddhi played some amazing shots which helped us. [On Rahul and Rashid at the end] We are quite practical as well and talk about winning the right situations. We always back them because they have a lot of self-belief. We have intentionally tried to make sure that the dugout or the dressing room keeps the atmosphere calm because it helps the players play their best game. A lot of credit goes to the support staff.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 1
GT Won: 0
SRH Won: 1
Player of the Match is Umran Malik.
[Translated by SRH assistant Hemang Badani] “The idea was just to bowl as fast as I can. The ground is slightly on the smaller side so the idea is to stay on the stumps, mix the pace and try to keep the ball within the stumps. [On targeting 155 kph] God willing if I have to bowl 155 kph, I will do it one day. But at the moment, all I want to do is bowl well.”
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Navdeep Singh
TV Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match Referee – Shakti Singh
Reserve Umpire – Sadashiv Iyer
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 40th Match