Sai Sudarshan, who was the first to bat for Gujarat, continued to relax and added 65 off 50 balls. Among others, Viruthiman Saha scored only 20 (17) 20+. Everyone else was badly beaten. Thus, the team added only 143/8 in 20 overs.
Shikhar Dhawan 62 (53), Rajapaksa 40 (28) and Livingston 30 (10) were the main contributors as Punjab chased down the target, scoring 145/2 in 20 overs to win by 8 wickets.
Speaking to Hardik Pandya after the match, was it right to win the toss and choose to bat in the night time match? As questioned by the moderator. Hardik replied, “We started with 170 runs in mind. But, he could not hit the big score as he was constantly losing wickets. There is nothing wrong with choosing batting first. We want to get out of our comfort zone, ”he said.
He added, ” What if, perhaps, the next important match comes when we have to bang first? It just needs rehearsal. That’s why we chose batting first and tried to set the target. Today we will definitely sit down and talk about what we got into. Hopefully we will definitely perform better in the next few matches. Winning and losing are both part of the competition, ”he said.