Faf du Plessis:
“Obviously very disappointing. We got a really strong team tonight; excellent innings by Shuman Gill. There was a lot of grip in the second innings. I thought 195-200 was a good score. We needed that wicket of Shubman. From our batting perspective, our top four contributed really well… We missed a few runs consistently throughout the season, especially in the back-end of the innings. Perhaps in the middle [overs], we didn’t get as many wickets as we would have liked. We need a good middle order, and make sure we finish games off. Last season it was DK, but this season it wasn’t to be.”
“We wanted the momentum going, and wanted to finish on a high. As a bowler, Gill doesn’t give you a chance. Other batters also get confidence from it. We would have taken 197 at the start. We should have bowled good balls. Special innings from Virat as well. I can’t ask for anything better. Last year, everything went our way. This year, we were expecting people to challenge us. A lot of credit goes to all the boys.
Shubman Gill is the Player of the Match:
“It’s all about getting a start and converting it into a big one. Thankfully it’s working out for me in the business end. You have to keep applying yourself, that’s important. The new ball was holding on a bit. The ball was getting wet with the dew. I thought Vijay Shankar was trying to go too hard. Once he found the momentum, he hit it a long way. I know my game… for any player it’s important to know who you are. I think we have a great bowling attack for that [Chennai] wicket.”
Gujarat Titans vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Highlights today, Sunday 21-5-2023. 70th Match (N), Indian Premier League 2023, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Pandya says that with the weather around, he wanted to see how much they can chase. He says GT are unchanged, so no one resting ahead of the playoffs.
Du Plessis would have bowled first too. He says Himanshu Sharma is in for Karn Sharma.
Toss: Titans chose to field.
Gujarat Titans team: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Hardik Pandya (capt), 4 David Miller, 5 Dasun Shanaka, 6 Rahul Tewatia, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Mohit Sharma, 9 Noor Ahmad, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Yash Dayal.
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: 1 Virat Kohli, 2 Faf du Plessis (capt), 3 Glenn Maxwell, 4 Mahipal Lomror, 5 Michael Bracewell, 6 Anuj Rawat, 7 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Wayne Parnell, 10 Vijaykumar Vyshak, 11 Mohammed Siraj.
Head to Head In T20’s: 2
Gujarat Titans Won: 1
Royal Challengers Bangalore Won: 1
(last five completed Matches, most recent first)
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Match Timings: 2:00 PM GMT | 7:30 PM Local
Umpires – Nitin Menon, Virender Sharma
TV Umpire – Tapan Sharma
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – VM Dhokre
Match number – IPL 2023 – 70th Match
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Pitch and weather: Bengaluru has been hot and humid this week but i rained on match eve and a couple of spells of rain is likely on Sunday as well. The average first-innings total at the Chinnaswamy Stadium is 194, so expect a run-fest.