Skipper Hardik’s unbeaten half-century was backed by a spirited performance of bowlers as Gujarat defeated Rajasthan by 37 runs here at the DY Patil Sports Academy.
Debutants GT’s fourth victory in five matches has taken them to the top of the Indian Premier League table while for Rajasthan this is their second loss in the league as they fall to the third spot.
“I would like to give credit to their batters,” said RR skipper Sanju Samson at post-match presentation.
“Hardik played a very good innings. He had a really good day today; batted, bowled and fielded well. They played really well to get that score (192/4). 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 (comparatively) better run-rate actually, but we kept losing wickets.
Samson said the team “definitely” missed Trent Boult.
“(Boult had a) Freaky niggle last night in training, (we) definitely missed him. Hopefully he will be back soon.,” said the RR skipper
“I have played enough number of years in this league to understand that each game is crucial. Very important to learn and come back stronger in the next game. I was doing (batting) 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 No. 3 in the first three games. So it all depends on the combination we are playing.” he added.
Opener Jos Buttler’s quick knock of 54 went in vain for RR, while for GT Lockie Ferguson and debutant Yash Dayal were the picks among the bowlers. The pace duo scalped three wickets each. Gujarat skipper Hardik also took a wicket and forced a run-out, besides his heroics with the bat.