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LSG vs GT: We Ticked All Boxes Today – Hardik Pandya After 62-Run Win Over Lucknow Super Giants

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Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans (GT) defeated KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the 57th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Tuesday, May 10.

Gujarat Titans won the toss and opted to bat first in the match. However, the batters kept batting slow till the very end and as a result, Gujarat Titans were able to score only 144 runs with Shubman Gill being the top run-getter with 63 runs under his belt.

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Gujarat Titans (Image Credits: Twitter)

Defending the target, GT bowlers did a remarkable job and they were able to bowl out strong Lucknow Super Giants batting unit for 82. Also, with the win, Gujarat Titans have become the first team to qualify for the IPL 2022 playoffs.

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Really, really proud of the boys – Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill and Rashid Khan
Hardik Pandya With GT Teammates (Image Credits: Twitter)

During the post-match presentation ceremony, GT skipper Hardik Pandya said that he is proud of the way the team played against LSG and was delighted to see GT qualify for playoffs before the 14th game. He asserted:

“Really, really proud of the boys. It is a great effort to qualify before the 14th game in this league.”

Hardik Pandya added that they took the learnings from their previous game against Mumbai Indians, where they lost in the last over. He explained:

“To be honest, in the last game, we kind of thought that the game was over before it was over. We were always under pressure in all the other games that we won, and we felt that we’d finish off the last game with the kind of batting we had. That was learning we took.”

Hardik Pandya added that they just wanted to be ruthless against Lucknow Super Giants and he also said that he rates Sai Kishore very high as a spinner. He asserted:

“We just wanted to be ruthless today, and relax post-game. I rate Sai Kishore quite high as a left-arm spinner. Because of the kind of fast bowlers we had, it wasn’t possible to play him and Jayant Yadav.”

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Gujarat Titans (Image Twitter)

Hardik Pandya further said that the Gujarat Titans bowlers did an amazing job in the match and they ticked all the boxes. He once again talked about their last game against MI and said that they messed up a lot of things in the previous game but they win and lose games together as a team. He elaborated:

“Lucknow were a bit short in their lengths, and fuller lengths were working. Our bowlers did everything that we asked of them, and we ticked all boxes today. I always feel that if you lose a game like the one we lost in our last game, we win and lose games as a team.”

“Yes, we did not do what we wanted to do. We messed it up, but we messed it up as a team. Everyone stood by each other, and we had a get-together post-game and made sure the vibe was always there. We were still on the second spot and that meant we were doing something right.”

Also Read: LSG vs GT: Sunil Gavaskar, Harbhajan Singh, Matthew Hayden Praise Gujarat Titans (GT) For Playing Fearless Cricket

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