Rahul had termed the pitch tricky at the toss itself and was not sure how it would play.
However, there were rewards for batters who played with caution and stayed at the wicket. Gujarat opener Shubman Gill proved that with his fighting unbeaten 63 that helped his team reach 144/4 in 20 overs.
While defending that total, GT leg-spinner Rashid Khan claimed 4/24 to lead a clinical bowling performance as Gujarat won handsomely.
Rahul blamed his batters for the defeat and said they were guilty of poor shot-selection, adding that it was a learning experience for his team.
“We should have batted a lot better. Some poor shot-selection and a run-out didn’t help. Some good learning from this for us hopefully … sometimes you need a little reminder to keep turning up every game and keep doing our best,” he said at the post-match presentation on Tuesday.
Rahul said the trick here was for him and fellow-opener Quinton de Kock to take the team through the powerplay overs with something like 30-40 runs on the board.
Tough match, but haar nahi maanenge. We’ll come back stronger and sharper 💪🏽#AbApniBaariHai💪#IPL2022 🏆… https://t.co/32lmMwLhPM
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“With 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, (it) 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,” he added.
Rahul, who complimented his bowlers for their superb performance in restricting Gujarat to a score below 150, said they were aware that batting against the spinners would be difficult in the second innings.
“In the middle (overs), 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. That’s something that we need to learn and figure out,” he said.
He said the task for his team now was to regroup quickly and come back with good energy and intensity in the remaining games in IPL 2022.
Bumpy ride tonight. We’ll come back stronger.#AbApniBaariHai💪#IPL2022 🏆 #bhaukaalmachadenge #lsg… https://t.co/msrT3jK7EE
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“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. You want to learn from it and see how we can do better if we’re put in a situation like this again.”
Lucknow are currently in the second spot in the points table with 16 points from 12 games. A win in their next two matches will seal their place in the playoffs.