Hardik Pandya says we lost because I could not find my rhythm. cricket news
Riding on Mohammed Shami’s five-wicket haul, Gujarat Titans restricted Delhi Capitals to 130/8. Chasing 131 for victory, defending champions Gujarat Titans were 32 for 4 at one stage, but Pandya’s unbeaten 59 off 53 balls kept them in the hunt.
Rahul Tewatia then hit a 7-ball 20, including three consecutive sixes, but with 12 needed off the last over, Ishant Sharma (2/23) restricted the defending champions to 125 for six.
“Obviously, we could have taken 129 any day. The last few wickets and finally, Rahul got us back in the game. I tried my best but couldn’t capitalize. It boiled down to how I wasn’t able to Finish the game,” Pandya said during the post-match presentation.
“We were expecting some big overs in the middle but at that time we could not find the rhythm. It was new for Abhinav (Manohar) as well.”
“I think it’s just that this game I think we lost because I couldn’t find my rhythm and we kept losing wickets early on and that put us under pressure. We want to take it deep And wanted to get some big overs that we could.” not get.”
The Delhi pacers were on the money, making early breakthroughs as Gujarat lost three wickets inside the powerplay.
Pandya said, “Full marks to their bowlers as well and complete ownership for my team where I could not finish the game. I should have. The wicket was very good.”
“I think it was more about the pressure of the wicket. I don’t think the wicket played too much. It was a bit slower than what we are used to here. But he bowled really well.
“We lost a few early wickets where we had to take some time. We couldn’t find the rhythm in the middle. The intention had to be there… If you keep losing wickets, it’s difficult to maintain the intention.”
Shami (4/11 in four overs) was lethal with the new ball as he tore apart the Capitals’ top-order.
“I feel sorry for him. If you bowl like that, you take the team to 129, I think the batsmen let it down. I don’t think the ball did much. I think it Only Mohammed Shami has the skill set that he has and he talks with the ball.
“Otherwise, I think for the fast bowlers, the wicket didn’t help much. But the way he bowled four in a row and got us into the game, credit goes to him.”
“Like I said, the batsmen and especially me didn’t finish and we let them down.”
I don’t know what is happening to our batting: Warner
With the win, DC put their playoff hopes on hold.
Captain David Warner credited the bowlers for their third win but was at a loss for words to explain his struggles with the bat.
“Our bowlers were outstanding. Our batsmen struggled but credit goes to Shami’s bowling. Credit to the way Aman and Ripple scored,” he said.
“We just find ways to lose wickets in clumps, I always hate it when we get run out. I don’t know what’s happening with our batting.
“We tried to play well with the bat today but didn’t come through. We just wanted to come out and swing the ball, get early wickets,” he said.
Delhi fast bowlers Khaleel Ahmed, Anrich Nortje and Ishant Sharma took five wickets among themselves.
“Khaleeel did well after coming back from injury, and Ishant is getting young forever. Enrique is our most consistent death bowler but couldn’t get it right today. But what Ishant wanted to do for us I was very clear.”
(With inputs from PTI)