RR opt to field against GT

Mumbai, April 14 : Rajasthan Royals (RR) have won the toss and opted to field against Gujarat Titans (GT) in an IPL match here at the DY Patil Sports Academy on Thursday. Trent Boult, who picked up a niggle on Wednesday, has been replaced by his New Zealand teammate Jimmy Neesham in RR’s lineup. GT made two changes, with Vijay Shankar and debutant Yash Dayal taking places of Sai Sudharsan and Darshan Nalkande respectively. After winning the toss, RR skipper Sanju Samson said: “We’d like to bowl first here. We did a very good job to win the game with dew condition and losing the toss but I’d like to use the conditions.” GT captain Hardik Pandya said: “We would have liked to bowl first as well but I wouldn’t mind batting first as well. It’s always good to get responsibility, I have always been a player who has enjoyed taking responsibilities, taking things on my shoulder. It helps me to get better as a cricketer and as a person as well. The boys are pretty chilled out, the supporting staff is nice. “Right now, we are going in the honeymoon phase and I’d like to contribute. I know I always have two departments to contribute. Even if I am having a bad day with my bat, I can still contribute with the ball and vice versa. We were 5-10 short, but we could have been a little more disciplined with our bowling. I will not be too strict on the bowlers, they are trying their best and we are there to enjoy the sport.” Playing XIs: Gujarat Titans- Matthew Wade (wk), Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal. Rajasthan Royals- Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (wk/c), Rassie van der Dussen, Shimron Hetmyer, James Neesham, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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