IPL 2022: David Miller’s ballistic knock takes debutants Gujarat Titans to final
IPL 2022: Gujarat Titans beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets at Eden Gardens on Tuesday, with to David Miller’s 68 off 38 balls and captain Hardik Pandya’s 40 off 27 balls.
GT have made it to the finals in their first foray into the tournament. Gujarat Titans got off to the worst possible start chasing a difficult 189-run mark, losing Wriddhiman Saha for a duck off two balls of Trent Boult’s bowling, caught behind by captain and wicket-keeper Sanju Samson.
Matthew Wade then joined opener Shubman Gill, and the pair pushed GT’s total above 50 runs in just 5.1 overs, putting on a 50-run partnership in just 29 balls.
As both hitters batted aggressively, the alliance continued. Gill was run out for 35 off 21 balls by Devdutt Padikkal and Shimron Hetmyer, ending the 72-run partnership.
Obed McCoy, a left-arm medium-pacer, gave RR their third win, knocking Wade for 35 off 30 balls.
Gujarat’s total was passed the triple-figure mark in 10.4 overs when captain Hardik Pandya and David Miller joined hands.
In just 32 balls, the Pandya-Miller duo reached 50. Rajasthan Royals, the inaugural winners, tried but failed to break the partnership as GT reached 150 runs in 16.1 overs. David Miller completed his half-century in 35 balls.
Pandya and Miller went on to score a century together. Gujarat Titans needed 16 runs in the final over to win the match, and Miller hit Prasidh Krishna for three sixes off the first three balls to secure a seven-wicket victory and advance to the final.
Earlier in the day, Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson scored 47 runs off 26 balls, while in-form Englishman Jos Buttler slammed 89 off 56 balls. For Gujarat Titans, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, and Hardik Pandya each took one wicket.
Rajasthan Royals batted first and got off to a good start, scoring 55/1 after the powerplay.
In the second over, the first wicket of the night fell. Yashasvi Jaiswal was taken off by Yash Dayal after the RR opener drove the ball to the bounce and nicked it to Wriddhiman Saha.
After that, Sanju Samson joined opener Jos Buttler on the crease, and the pair began scoring runs for Rajasthan. Sanju departed on the second last ball of the 10th over after Sai Kishore got the better of him for 47.
GT skipper Hardik Pandya then dismissed Devdutt Padikkal in the 15th over. While Mohammad Shami dismissed Shimron Hetmyer in the penultimate over. Buttler continued to knock GT bowlers out of the park despite the dropping wickets.
Jos Buttler finished with 89 off 57, including 58 off the final four, to move RR to 188. Jos Buttler’s first six did not come till the penultimate ball of the 19th over.
Rajasthan Royals 188/6 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 89, Sanju Samson 47; Hardik Pandya 1-14)
Gujarat Titans 191/3 in 19.3 overs (David Miller 68*, Hardik Pandya 40*; Trent Boult 1/38)