IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson reveals reason behind losing Qualifier 1 to Gujarat Titans
IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson thought his team had put up a solid total against Gujarat Titans, but blamed the loss on Eden Gardens’ rough track.
Rajasthan were defeated by Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday, despite scoring a magnificent total of 188. David Miller’s 68 from 38 balls and Hardik Pandya’s 40 from 27 balls helped Gujarat Titans beat the inaugural champions by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens.
“Felt good to put up that kind of total as I felt the wicket was a bit sticky and there was a lot of swing in the powerplay. I think we managed to put in a good score, but I think they played really well to chase the score down. It was a bit two-paced and the bounce was also not even. I just went after the bowling from ball one and I got a bit lucky to get a few runs in the powerplay, but the wicket was a bit tough to bat on and we finished off really well,” Sanju Samson said in a post-match presentation.
Samson hit a quickfire 47 off 26 balls, and he thought his team performed well to reach the total given the difficulty in scoring runs in the opening half of the game and the type of assault they were facing.
“Scoring that kind of a total on this wicket in these conditions, against that bowling attack was a great performance by our batters. We have been doing really well, the five bowlers have been our main bowlers. And also they have done really well throughout the tournament,” Samson said.
“Having Riyan also helps, but felt it was a bit better to bat in the second innings. As it came on nicely onto the bat. We have been playing some really good cricket throughout the tournament. A couple of overs here and there, a couple of extra runs, a couple of off-rhythm by a couple of our bowlers. Also we will try to come back and play some good cricket. In this format luck (the toss) plays a huge role. So it all comes down to what you want to do in your control. Hoping for a good result in the next game,” he added.
Gujarat Titans got off to the worst possible start in their chase for a daunting 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 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.