GT vs MI: I thought if GT’s openers had failed it would have been better

Former Indian player Virender Sehwag has slammed Gujarat Titans for their approach in their chase against Mumbai Indians on Friday. The IPL 2022 table leaders lost their second game in a row after trailing MI by five points at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Mumbai Indians rolled on Tim David’s late shot (44 on 21 balls) after openers Rohit Sharma (43) and Ishan Kishan (45) provided some crucial early points as they finished with 177 for 6 .

Gujarat Titans lost to Mumbai Indians by five points

Gujarat Titans fly-half Wriddhiman Saha (55) and Shubman Gill (52) laid the platform for the chase with a stellar 106-point stand between them before the duo started in 13th over Murugan Ashwin.

Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha. (Photo: IPL)

Sai Sudarshan knocked down his stumps with the bat to be returned for a hit at the wicket of Kieron Pollard. After Sudarshan left, it was the task of skipper Hardik Pandya and David Miller to get across the finish line.

The pair looked confident to get the job done with ease, but Pandya’s miss in the 18th turned the game around.

Hardik Pandya is exhausted (Image credits: Twitter)
Hardik Pandya is exhausted (Image credits: Twitter)

The Gujarat Titans’ lower midfield batting order comprising of Miller, Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan who changed the outcome of games from a losing position failed to emulate their success against MI.

Miller fired a hard shot for a six against Jasprit Bumrah in the penultimate to reduce the equation to nine points in the final.

However, left-arm pacer Daniel Sams had a great game and denied Miller the burden of finishing the game as MI took a five-point win.

Gujarat Titans chase should have been over with 2 overs to spare: Virender Sehwag

Sehwag said that when the Gujarat Titans fly-half performs well, the middle order loses momentum and vice versa.

“I thought if the GT openings had failed it would have been better. Usually when they flop they end up winning. Now today they had such a great start the chase should have been over with 2 overs to spare,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image credit: Twitter)

“Hardik Pandya and Rahul Tewatia dug their own graves today. They ruined a game that should have been won,” he added.

Gujarat Titans will play their next match against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on May 10 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.

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