#IPL2022: GT wins by 37 runs against RR; captains say THIS


Mumbai: Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans have won against Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs in the 24th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2022. Pandya powered his side by making 87 runs to take the total to 192 runs, an unachievable target for Rajasthan Royals. 

Samson credited Pandy for the win and said, “I would like to give credit to their batters. Hardik played a very good innings, they played really well to get that score. If we had wickets in hand this was chasable I feel. We were almost there in terms of run rate, in the powerplay we had a better run rate actually, But we kept losing wickets. Freaky niggle last night in training, definitely missed him (Boult). Hopefully he will be back soon. He (Hardik) had a really good day today, batted, bowled and fielded well.”

“I have played enough number of years in this league to understand that each game is crucial. Very important to learn and comeback stronger in the next game. I was doing No. 3 continuously till last season. So we decided to have that flexibility, come down at No. 4 or 5 or wherever the team needs me. Having someone like R Ashwin allows us to do that, Devdutt Padikkal batted 3 in the first three games. So it all depends on the combination we are playing,” he added. 

Winning captain Hardik Padya described the win by sayon, “Always good to win. It is just cramps. Not used to batting for so long. Gives me time though to calculate. Today I got the rhythm and planned my knock. It allows the others to play freely. I have done the other role where I have scored 12 balls 30. Captaincy is always fun. Be the flagbearer of the team. The team is gelling well. I wanted all of us to be happy for each other’s happiness. That is working well for the team.”

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first published:April 14, 2022, 11:57 p.m.

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