Gujarat Titans suffered their third loss of the current Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Friday as the side failed to cross the line against Mumbai Indians. In the final over, Gujarat was unable to chase for nine runs and as a result, Rohit Sharma and his company emerged victorious. Gujarat Titans may be at the top of the points list at the moment, but the side has lost back-to-back games. Former England captain Kevin Pietersen highlighted how skipper Hardik Pandya was also wrong at the toss during the match against Punjab Kings.
Pietersen also said that winning at the back of the tournament matters and that every team has to peak at crucial moments to cement a place in the playoffs.
“Yeah, Daniel Sams would have thought he doesn’t stand a chance because of what Rahul Tewatia and David Miller did in this year’s IPL. But if you’re going to mess around with a game like the guys did at the DY Patil. We were the last night and they chose to change things because hey let’s change things because we have enough points. At the beginning of the tournament they didn’t think they would be in this position but they built this position, negative thoughts they would have had six weeks ago, well I can tell you something now,” Pietersen told Star Sports after the match between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians.
“You lose a nail biter like tonight, you lose a game because of a bit of a bad decision the other night, what happens in the locker room? That negativity starts seeping into that room because you just start thinking about the big periods in the game “Do we get it right or are we wrong? It’s a marathon, not a sprint. You want to play your best cricket now and win your games now,” he added.
In the match against Punjab Kings, Hardik Pandya had chosen to bat first after winning the toss. Punjab won that game comfortably by eight wickets.
Speaking of the clash between Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans, the former batted first, posting 177/6 in 20 overs. Gujarat Titans chased 178 and crossed at one point while openers Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill made 106 runs for the opening wicket.
However, the 13th over bowled by Murugan Ashwin proved to be the game-changer as he turned down both Gill and Saha. In the end, Gujarat Titans suffered a five point loss.
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