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Hardik Pandya Explains Why GT Lost Despite Posting a ‘Par Score’

Gujarat Titans (GT) skipper Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 62 off 47 deliveries however his efforts had been overshadowed by Virat Kohli’s superlative 73 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) registered a shocking 8-wicket win on Thursday. The victory stored their playoff hopes alive within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 however on the identical time, marked the top of the marketing campaign for the likes of Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Hardik lifted GT to a aggressive whole. Coming into the sport with a string of low scores, he warmed up properly for the play-offs with a well-crafted fifty despite the fact that he was not at his fluent greatest. After getting dropped on 14, he made it rely alongside David Miller (34 off 25), who continued his spectacular run within the match.

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But Kohli roared again to kind with a tremendous half-century, enjoying a 73-run knock off 54 deliveries. He shared a match-winning 115-run opening stand with skipper Faf du Plessis (44 off 38) earlier than Glenn Maxwell (40 not out off 18) went ballistic to make sure the staff bought dwelling in 18.four overs.

Speaking on the post-match presentation, Pandya mentioned he felt that 186 was a par rating however the way in which RCB batters, particularly Maxwell performed, it made them really feel like they had been 10 runs quick.

“We had just a par score. The ball was stopping here and there and we were happy with 168. We wanted to give Lockie the opportunity, but the wicket was holding a bit. So, we wanted to go for bowlers who bowled slower ones and took pace off the ball. We pulled things back in the middle but the way Maxwell played, in the end, made us feel we were 10 runs short,” Pandya mentioned.

Pandya asserted that they could have misplaced their final league match within the match however will attempt to not repeat the identical mistake within the playoffs.

“We are on the right track and we just need to look after losing back to back wickets. The learning is to make sure we don’t do it in the playoffs. It is always good to score runs. The way the boys are gelling and the way we are going, it is a learning for the players. I don’t know about Saha’s injury. He was feeling his hamstring and it was a precautionary measure to keep him off the field,” he concluded.

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