Pandya expects dew to be present on the ground. He says he is happy with the “character” of the side, and himself declares the changes: Shankar is out with a back spasm, and Aaron is out too. Agarwal would have bowled first too and says Bairstow for Rajapaksa in their only change.
Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Highlights today, Friday 8-4-2022. 16th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Toss: GT won and they will bat second.
Punjab Kings team: 1 Mayank Agarwal (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Jonny Bairstow, 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Shahrukh Khan, 6 Jitesh Sharma (wk), 7 Odean Smith, 8 Arshdeep Singh, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Rahul Chahar, 11 Vaibhav Arora.
Gujarat Titans team: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Sai Sudarshan, 4 Abhinav Manohar, 5 Hardik Pandya (capt), 6 David Miller, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Darshan Nalkande, 10 Lockie Ferguson, 11 Mohammed Shami.
Nalkhande: “I was nervous, but before the match, Ashish sir and Hardik Bhai gave me some confidence. I am feeling good, and want to contribute. I just wanted to execute what Hardik Bhai said. It is a good batting wicket and the ball is coming on nicely, so we are hoping to chase it down.”
Head to head
Total matches played: 0
PBKS Won: 0
GT Won: 0
Agarwal: “It was a tough game, but we fought hard. We were five-seven runs short… We did really well to get ourselves to that score, so we were really happy with that. Last over could have been anybody’s game; we totally back Odean. It’s all right; it’s just a game of cricket. The talk in the group is we back the guys.”
Tewatia: “Amazing feeling. There was nothing to think about! Just go there and hit sixes, that’s what I and David were thinking. I planned against Smith… The last ball was off the middle of the bat, and I knew it was six. The first ball he bowled was wide outside off, and so I thought the last ball was going to come there too. The staff is really chilled here. They just tell us to practice hard…”
Pandya: “The kind of ups and downs happen, I think I have now become used to. It was Kings’ game; some sympathy for them losing this. Gill has been telling everybody that he is there. A lot of credit goes to Sai as well. My body is coping all right; I am getting tired obviously. As the games come, I’ll be getting better.”
Gill is the Player of the Match: “It’s important to keep the scoreboard ticking. The outfield is really rapid… It’s just about execution. It’s just one of those days when I was hitting the ball well. Trust me, I am hitting it very hard from my own power! It might not feel like that, but I am doing my level best. Me as an opener is important to bat through the innings. You go to nets and try to practice… We all are really tired, and it’ll take us an hour to get back to the hotel.”
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, Virender Sharma
TV Umpires – Pashchim Pathak
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Chirra Ravikanthreddy
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 16th Match