IPL2024: Gujarat Titans’ run-chase tactic against Sunrisers Hyderabad is revealed by Sai Sudharsan

On Sunday, March 31, Gujarat Titans upset Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets thanks in large part to another valuable effort from Sai Sudharsan.

Gujarat Titans defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the afternoon on Sunday, March 31, in Ahmedabad, and Sai Sudharsan disclosed the team’s strategy after the match.

The Sunrisers labored to reach 162/8 in their 20 overs after Pat Cummins won the toss and decided to bat first. Gujarat’s best bowler was Mohit Sharma, who finished with a three-for while giving up just 25 runs in his four overs. Wriddhiman Saha, in response, gave the Titans an early advantage with a 13-ball 25. The skipper of Gujarat, Shubman Gill, also contributed with a useful 36 off 28 balls before David Miller and Sai Sudharsan’s 64 put their side in command.

After hitting four fours and one six in his 45-run innings off 36 balls, Sudharsan eventually left the field. Miller and Vijay Shankar then saw the Titans home with seven wickets and five balls remaining. The gifted young player said after the game that batting on the pitch was challenging at first but that it got slightly easier in the second inning under the lights. The southpaw explained that in order to extend the game, the plan was to attack the appropriate bowlers and hold onto wickets. Sudharsan and Miller dismissed Mayank Markhande for 24 runs in the sixteenth over. The 22-year-old disclosed that their strategy has always been to go for the spinner’s over.

“It was undoubtedly a challenging pitch to bat on, with little room to pursue every bowler in each over. Choosing the appropriate bowler, making the most of it, and extending the game while holding wickets are the key factors. It all depends on the circumstances; clearly, we must act when the squad need a higher run pace. However, the situation and wicket were different today. Cricbuzz cited Sudharsan as stating, “I felt that taking the game deep and keeping wickets in hand helped us today.”

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“Under the lights, the wicket became considerably easier. Additionally, we altered the momentum due to the increasing run-rate. We were also able to target the spinners more effectively because playing against them became somewhat easier. We deliberately chose to remove the spinner because we were waiting for that one spin over, and we are really appreciative of that,” he remarked.

In the 16th over, bowling Mayank Markande was a risk that didn’t pay off:
Muttiah Muralitharan Gujarat was just three down in the 16th over when Sunrisers Hyderabad’s spin-bowling coach, Muttiah Muralitharan, said that they had utilized Markande to try and seek for wickets.

“There was some spin, but the wicket was a touch low and slow. We considered approaching 180–170, but we fell short by 10–15 runs. They bowled exceptionally well, and we were unable to take advantage. It’s a manageable total—even 160. We continued playing till the fifteenth over. We had to take a chance in the 16th over as they had only lost three wickets. We decided to bowl Mayank against two left-handers. We were prepared for them to exert a lot of effort in that over, and if they mistime, we could take a wicket. It was unsuccessful “Muralitharan stated.

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On the difficult surface, Sudharsan showered the Gujarat bowlers with plaudits for their comeback in the final five overs, which saw them restrict the Sunrisers to a respectable score. Surprisingly, he also disclosed the conversation that occurred during the team’s time out, which enabled them to concentrate on turning the tide of the match in their favor.

They had excellent momentum and were hitting many boundaries on the powerplay. Everyone thought the score may reach 170-180, but we managed to take wickets when it mattered most, and our bowlers produced some outstanding last five overs. We discussed pulling the team back during the timeout because they were about 10–12 runs ahead of our estimate, according to Sudharsan.

Furthermore, Muralitharan admitted that Mohit caused difficulties for his hitters. The veteran praised the club for their effort and expressed his hope that they would learn from their mistakes in the upcoming game and resume their winning ways.

The way Mohit bowled, our hitters found it challenging. We believed that our bowlers had also adjusted. A decent game. It is unrealistic to anticipate winning every game. Our boys made a great effort. There will be a few minor errors. Thus, in order to gain a winning momentum in the following game, we must ensure that we don’t do it,” Muralitharan stated.

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