The Gujarat Titans (GT) led by Captain Hardik Pandya made history in their first season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to win the title. Gujarat clinched the IPL Cup by defeating Rajasthan Royals (RR) by seven wickets in the IPL 2022 final held at Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday. With this, Hardik Pandya became the third captain in IPL history, who won the IPL title in his first season as a captain. Shane Warren and Rohit Sharma have done this amazing thing before him. After winning the Gujarat title, five years later, the IPL got a new champion.
Electing the bat after winning the toss, Rajasthan made only 130 runs for 9 wickets in 20 increases, which Gujarat achieved by losing three wickets with 11 balls to spare. Captain Hardek 34 and Chopman Gill 45 scored outside Gujarat. With this defeat, Rajasthan’s dream of winning the title after a hiatus of 14 years was shattered.
Chasing the goal 131 times from Rajasthan, the Gujarat Titans lost their first small gate in the form of Wriddhiman Saha (5) with a score of 9. Then the team also lost to Matthew Wade (8) with a score of 23. After that, Chopman knocked out Gil (45 not out) and the captain Hardik Pandya (34) got Gujarat into trouble by sharing 63 throws on 53 balls for the third wicket. Hardik returned to the winger as the third hitter in Gujarat with a score of 86. He was caught in slips by Yozvendra Chahal. Hardick hit three fours and six on 30 balls.
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After Hardik was sent off, Gujarat had to score 34 runs in the last 30 balls to win the match and David Miller and Jill were present at the crease. Both hitters shared 47 throws in 29 balls for the fourth wicket to give Gujarat the title with seven wickets remaining. Miller played 32-round undefeated 19-ball innings with the help of three, four and six.
Earlier, the bowlers of the Gujarat Titans performed well for restricting the Rajasthan Royals to 130 rounds for 9 wickets. Captain Hardik Pandya had three wickets for just 17 runs in four runs, while Afghan legroom Rashid Khan played in a very economical competition and took one wicket for just 18 runs in four overs. Sanju Samson captain of Rajasthan won the toss and decided to hit first, although none of the batsmen managed to hold the game. Gus Butler (39 off 35 balls) and Yashsvi Jaiswal (22 off 16 balls) can get some kicks off the bat.
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Jaiswal, who could not play comfortably against Mohamed El Shamy’s pace and swing, left no stone unturned to take risks. Al-Shami hit six in hiding, and Yash Dial hit six in the long leg. In an attempt to play higher shots, he was caught deep. The orange hat bearer Butler and Shamson was in the crease now. Rajasthan scored 44 runs in one wicket in powerplay. Butler, who was in good shape, hit Loki Ferguson four times in a row. Hardik sent Samson to the winger on his second ball. Trying to play a pool shot, Samson grabbed him away. Devdutt Padikkal took eight balls to open the account and came back after scoring twice.
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Butler also lost his share after three balls. Padikal sent by Rashid and Butler by Hardik. Hardik also sent Shimron Hetmer to the ward and now it was Rajasthan’s score of 94 for five. With the dismissal of Ravichandran Ashwin, hopes of Rajasthan’s comeback are dashed. Shammy kicked out Ryan Barrage on Best Yorker.