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IPL 2024: GT skipper Gill reveals plan to chase down 45 runs in three overs

Jaipur, April 11 (IANS) After Gujarat Titans (GT) chased down a stiff 197 against Rajasthan Royals in a last-ball thriller at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Wednesday evening, captain Shubman Gill revealed that the mindset had become to chase down 45 in the last three overs, which was a gettable equation for them.

Gill set up the chase for Titans with his 72 off 44 balls. But after he fell, RR had become the favorites to win at home. But Rashid Khan came out to bat, with 40 runs needed off 15 balls and slammed an unbeaten 24 off 11 balls, with Rahul Tewatia chipping in via 22, to seal a three-wicket win coming on the last ball.

“We were targeting 45 in three overs and that is very much gettable. Fifteen runs per over (means) you just need two hits in the over and that was the mindset at that time. Mathematically, both batsmen need to score nine-ball 22 runs and if you think like that, okay, it’s three hits in nine balls.”

“If one of the batsmen goes berserk, you’ll see the match getting over in two-three balls. (Impact player) definitely makes a difference, if you have an extra batter there. But it’s just the mindset (thinking of making 45 runs in three overs as needing just two hits an over) to make things more easy, and more simple,” said Gill after the match.

Apart from his finishing exploits, including hitting a four on the last ball off Avesh Khan, Rashid finished with figures of 1/18 from four overs, enough to get him the Player of the Match award.

“I did not bowl much in the last three-four months after the surgery. I am still getting used to bowling in the middle. In the first few games, I was struggling a bit, especially with my line and length. I bowled a few good balls but inside I was not feeling it. There was no satisfaction. I was like no, no, that is not me.”

GT, the IPL 2022 winners, are currently in sixth place in the points table and will be on rest mode till they face Delhi Capitals at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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