In the last night’s clash against Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Titans came menacingly close to a win but would eventually be denied of the bragging rights after the final over saw Ishant Sharma defending the total on the board successfully for the Delhi Capitals, imparting their third win of the tournament.
Batting first, in a late show of resilience after an early avalanche of wickets, Delhi Capitals came back strongly through the likes of a young Aman Hakim Khan followed by the experienced campaigners of Axar Patel and Ripal Patel adding crucial runs to the board. For Gujarat Titans it was a magical showdown by Mohammed Shami who would produce figures of 4/11 from his four overs.
Here is how Gujarat Titans fell short of the finish line against Delhi Capitals
Mohit Sharma chimed in with a couple of wickets too while Rashid Khan proved to be expensive in the context of the game. Delhi Capitals managed to post 130 on the board which seemed like pretty easy to chase down.
However, Gujarat Titans had everything going south as they had to recover from a handful of early blows through the likes of Ishant Sharma and Khaleel Ahmed who would plunder 4 wickets between them to leave the reigning champions in absolute shambles.
You May Also Like: Ravi Shastri picks X-factor for India in upcoming days
This is what Hardik Pandya had to say about Mohammed Shami
Hardik Pandya would fight till the very end as he stayed unbeaten for 59 from 53 balls while Abhinav Manohar would go onto score a warring 26 but the fact that he took 33 balls for the same dealt a denting blow to the aspirations of the Capitals.
Gujarat skipper, Hardik Pandya made it very clear in the post-match conference that they let down Mohammed Shami who pulled off a stunner of a show but was eventually let down by the remainder of the team.
Pandya said, “I feel sorry for (Shami). If you bowl like that, then you restrict the team to 129 (130), I think (our) batters disappointed. I don’t think the ball did a lot. It’s just that Mohammed Shami’s skillset he has and he made the ball talk. Otherwise, I think for fast bowlers, the wicket did not have much assistance. But the way he bowled four on the trot and got us in the game, full credit (to him). As I said, batters and particularly myself did not finish and we disappointed him.”