Hardik Pandya is animated during Gujarat Titans match against Punjab Kings.© BCCI/IPL
The Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans (GT) suffered their second loss in the 2022 Indian Premier League on Tuesday, going down to the Punjab Kings by eight wickets. Despite the loss, the new franchise, which is in its first IPL season, is firmly at the top of the 10-team table with 16 points from 10 games (eight wins and two defeats). Lately, though, they’ve been looking vulnerable, especially in the batting department. Former Indian cricket team player Aakash Chopra thought GT should pull up on its socks as the race for a place in the play-offs heats up.
“Gujarat, they have obvious flaws. You know their percussion is a bit light. You are tested every now and then. More than once in a while it is now tested. Only they have found new heroes, eight games and eight other man of the games That’s okay but if you bat first and score only 140 you won’t win a game Nine times out of ten you won’t win a game Occasionally you will but tonight wasn’t that night GT was due for a bad game. It came this way,” Chopra told ESPNCricinfo in a video.
“But the cause for concern, in my opinion, is that Hardik and Shubman are failing together. It hasn’t happened what (on) three or four occasions. Those are ominous signs. You may have gotten out of prison a few more times, helped by David Miller and Tewatia, but it won’t always work.”
While Gill was out for just 9 (6b), GT Captain Pandya scored just 1 in seven balls. Gujarat Titans were limited to 143 for eight by Punjab Kings after choosing to bat. Sai Sudharsan scored the highest score for the Titans with an unbeaten 65 off 50 balls. In response, Punjab Kings completed the chase with 24 balls left, with opener Shikhar Dhawan making 62 of 53 balls.
Among PBKS bowlers, pace javelin Kagiso Rabada finished with excellent marks of 4/33 in four overs. Sandeep Sharma allowed just 17 runs in his four overs, while Rishi Dhawan scored a wicket for 26 runs in his full four overs quota at the DY Patil Stadium.
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