The best team of IPL 2022, Gujarat Titans (GT) suffered an eight-wicket defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday. After the defeat, the team is at the top of the IPL 2022 points table and has qualified for the playoffs first. At the same time, Bangalore has kept alive their hopes of reaching the playoffs with this win. Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya has reprimanded his team after the defeat against Bangalore. Pandya said that had he had a few more runs, where could the match have gone.
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Hardik Pandya said about his team’s defeat after the match, ‘We could only make the score. We were thinking that we will bowl at a slower pace, it will be good if we change the pace, but we could not succeed. We were losing one wicket after the other, that’s not what we have to do in the next matches. When we reach the playoffs, we don’t want to lose wickets early. This match has been a lesson for us and we look at it that way. Wriddhiman Saha had mild hamstrings so we thought of giving him rest.
Hardik strengthened the preparation for the playoffs by scoring an unbeaten 62 off 47 balls in this match. On the other hand, Bangalore has 16 points in 14 matches. With this, the teams of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings are out of the tournament. Because they have 12 points now, although both the teams have 1-1 matches left. But even after winning this match, they will have only 14 points. Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders are already out of the race for the playoffs. Bangalore will now have to pray for Delhi’s defeat in the match between Delhi and Mumbai to reach the playoffs.