Decided to bat first to test the team in tough conditions: Hardik

Navi Mumbai, May 3 (PTI) After suffering a crushing eight-wicket defeat against Punjab Kings, Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya on Tuesday said he had won the toss and decided to bat to test the team in tough conditions.

He said that a score of 170 runs on this pitch would have been competitive but due to continuous loss of wickets, the team could not make a big score.

After deciding to bat first, Gujarat’s team could only manage 143 runs for eight wickets. Punjab registered victory for the loss of two wickets in 16 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 62, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 40 and Liam Livingstone scored an unbeaten 30 for that.

“Obviously we weren’t even close to a competitive score here,” Hardik said at the award ceremony after the match. A score of 170 on this pitch would have been ideal but we kept on losing wickets and couldn’t find the momentum.

“We wanted to test our team in a difficult situation. So decided to bat first. I knew the new ball can move, but if you keep losing wickets you will be under pressure.

Punjab captain Mayank Agarwal said that his team would like to continue with the momentum and win matches continuously.

He said, “Kagiso Rabada bowled well so we had a small target in front of us. After this there was a good partnership between Shikhar and Rajapaksa.

“We want to win matches continuously from here. The decision was taken to open the innings from Jonny Bairstow because he has done well in this role. I myself thought of batting at the fourth order but we had net run rate in mind so Livingstone was sent to the fourth order. ,