Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper KL Rahul expressed his disappointment after the side’s defeat to Gujarat Titans (GT) by 62 runs on Tuesday (May 10), but he stated that he doesn't want to overanalyze the loss.
After restricting the Titans to a below-par total of 144/4 in 20 overs, the Super Giants were all out for just 82. The Titans' bowling attack was led by leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who registered his best IPL stats of 4/24. The pace quartet of Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal, Hardik Pandya, and Alzarri Joseph bowled exceptionally well in the powerplay overs allowing the team to put immense pressure on the opposition.
The Lucknow openers Quinton de Kock and the captain have been brilliant at the top throughout the tournament but failed to get going on Tuesday. The captain of the chasing team said after the match while speaking to Star Sports that there were some poor decisions made by the batters during the chase and that did not help matters on a tricky pitch.
"Some poor shot selections and a runout didn't help... some good learning from this for us hopefully,” he said.
“A loss for this is not what a team wants but sometimes you need a little reminder to keep turning up every game and keep doing our best," he added.
Both the Super Giants openers and Karan Sharma were dismissed within the first 6 overs. Rahul said the situation of the game required a different start to the chase but their powerplay score was far from ideal.
"These low totals, you want to make use of the Powerplay.”
"So for me and Quinton, it was about getting the team off to a good start, not necessarily getting off to a 60-run Powerplay, but at least get to 35 or 45 without losing too many wickets would have been ideal and set us up.”
"Because we knew the pitch was going to grip a bit and scoring runs after the Powerplay and hitting boundaries might be difficult so we took a few chances that didn't come off.”
"In the middle, we knew that their spinners will be difficult to score off, but having said that we have to find ways to score runs against good opposition on tricky pitches," he said.
The right-hander remarked that he would not spend a lot of time thinking about what went wrong saying as batters, one can make mistakes.
"Obviously we're not going to sit back and overanalyze a game like this. What we want is energy and intensity in the field and that was quite good while we were fielding.”
"Batting, you get one chance and you can make a mistake. So you don't want to overanalyze a game like this," he said
The Lucknow franchise is 2nd on the points table and has a great chance to make it to the IPL 2022 playoffs.
(INDIA TODAY INPUTS)