"Would not appreciate it"- Hardik Pandya unhappy with GT batters to take the game to last over vs PBKS
We had yet another last-ball thriller on Thursday when the Punjab Kings took on the defending champion Gujarat Titans at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. The match went to the last over, and it was Gujarat who came out victorious. GT won the game with six wickets and one ball to spare.
Chasing the target of 154 runs, GT got off to a flying start with both openers scoring 48 runs in just 4.4 overs. Wriddhiman Saha scored a quick 30 off 19 and became the first wicket to fall.
After that, Shubman Gill and Sai Sudharshan added another 41 runs for the second wicket. GT was going strong, but PBKS bowlers pulled the game back. Gill carried his form and scored yet another half-century. Needing seven off last, Gill got out for 67 runs off 49 balls.
The equation came down to four runs off the last two balls when Rahul Tewatia struck a boundary on a lap shot to lead GT to a thrilling victory. With this win, GT has now won three out of four games this season and is tied with RR and LSG for the top.
But despite the win on Thursday, GT skipper Hardik Pandya didn't seem that happy. After the game, in the post-match presentation, he said that it shouldn't have gotten this close and that the batters should have chased it earlier.
Hardik said, "To be very honest I would not appreciate for the game to go this deep. There was definitely a lot for us to learn from this game. We should take risks and play shots in the middle overs, need to make sure the game doesn't go so deep. I would like to finish the game earlier, not a big fan of taking it to the last over."
Earlier, PBKS scored 154/4 in their first inning. Matthew Short was the top scorer for the home team with 36 off 24. GT will now face Rajasthan Royals in their next game on Sunday at Narendra Modi Stadium.