Another day and another victory come for Gujarat Titans, as they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday at DY Patil Stadium. They picked up the win by 8 runs, and the victory credit goes to skipper Hardik Pandya for his captain’s knock and the bowlers of Gujarat. GT batted first and put up 156 for 9 on the scoreboard, and successfully limited KKR within by picking up 8 of their batsmen.
GT Captain’s impressive knock
Gujarat Titans’ captain Hardik Pandya has been in good form this season and has been playing various sensible knocks as well. Coming to bat at first, Hardik came at number three, as he usually comes, and scored 67 of 49 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes, with a strike rate of 136.73. Though none of the other GT batsmen was able to stand for long, for his 67, Gujarat was able to reach a defendable total of 156 in 20 overs.
Good bowling by the Gujarat bowlers
Though 156 is a defendable total but not a score that ensures the win, especially in modern t20 cricket. Hardik Pandya used five bowlers in the match, and each and every one of them picked up wickets, with Shami, Yash Dayal, and Rashid Khan picking up 2 wickets, and Alzarri Joseph and Lockie Ferguson picked up one 1each. The impressive bowling by the GT bowlers was a prime factor in limiting KKR to 148.
Getting rid of Andre Russell
None of the KKR batters were able to score some significant runs for the Riders, except Rinku Singh and Andre Russell. Rinku scored 35 of 28 with 4 fours and 1 six, with a strike rate of 125. Though he got out and only Russell was there among the Knight batters who could get his team past the victory line. He tried his best, as he registered 48 of 25 balls with 1 four and 6 sixes, but got out in the last over, in the ball of Alzarri Joseph, which was caught by Lockie Ferguson.