GT vs RR Qualifier 1: The Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata got lightened up by sixes & fours as Hardik Pandya (48 off 27) & David Miller (68 off 38) guided Gujarat Titans to a seven-wicket win over RR in the Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2022 at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday. With this win, Gujarat Titans became the first team to enter the final of the IPL 2022.
Killer Miller outclasses Rajasthan in a nail-biting thriller
The match was at an interesting point as both Rajasthan & Gujarat were trying hard to pull the game in their favor. The equation read 16 off 6 balls with Prasidh Krishna into the bowling attack & Miller at the strike. And here the unexpected happened as Miller displayed his killer batting skills to smash Prasidh Krishna for three sixes off the first three balls in the final over to take his team over the line. Miller was in an astute form as he mixed aggression with caution to chip in with crucial 68 runs off 38 balls smashing three boundaries & five sixes to make this win possible for Gujarat. With this scintillating victory, Gujarat becomes the first team to qualify for the IPL 2022 final.
Miller was well supported by Captain Hardik Pandya who himself notched up 48 runs off 27 balls to keep GT on track in teh run-chase. The Hardik-Miller duo stitched a lethal 104-run stand for the fourth wicket to take Gujarat Titans near the chase & in the end, it was Miller’s heroic stunt with the bat which guided GT over the line in 19.3 overs.
GT batters formed crucial stands to lay the foundation of their gleaming win
Chasing a decent 188 runs target, Gujarat got off to a poor start as they lost their in-form opener, Wriddhiman Saha, for a duck off Trent Boult’s delivery. Matthew Wade & Shubman Gill joined hands & did the rebuilding job for Gujarat to bring them back into the game. Shubman Gill scored 35 runs off 30 balls while Matthew Wade at the other end provided a helping hand by smashing 35 off 30 balls. Soon RR bowlers bounced back to break their blooming 72-run stand by removing Shubman Gill for a run-out. Matthew Wade was the next to walk back to the hut off Obed McCoy’s delivery.
Hardik Pandya & David Miller took over from there & guided GT beyond the triple run mark in 10.4 overs. The duo stitched a lethal 104- run stand & stayed unbeaten till the end. They responsibly rotated the strikes & chipped in with crucial runs to take Gujarat Titans to a blistering win in the final over of the match.
Jos Buttler’s scintillating 88 runs guided RR to 188 runs Total
Earlier, sent in to bat first, RR got off to a scintillating start as their score read 55-1 after the powerplay overs. Sanju Samson joined hands with Jos Buttler to stitch a 68-run stand for the second wicket. However, soon GT got the better of Sanju Samson with Sai Kishore dismissing him after scoring 47 runs. After Samson’s dismissal, Buttler joined hands with Devdutt Padikkal to take RR’s innings forward. However, Padikkal was removed by Hardik Pandya in the 15th over, followed by Shimron Hetmyer in the 19th over off Mohammed Shami’s delivery.
Wickets kept falling for RR but Buttler at the other end was heading strong with the bat. The Englishman smashed GT bowlers all across the park as Titans had no answer for his fine strokeplay. Jos Buttler finished on 89 off 57 balls smashing 12 boundaries & two sixes. Rajasthan finished on 188 for six in the allotted 20 overs, thanks to Buttler’s aggressive approach that yielded 58 in the last four overs which helped RR to reach 188 at the end of 20 overs.
GT vs RR Qualifier 1: Brief Scores
RR 188-6 in 20 overs ( Jos Buttler 89, Sanju Samson 47; Hardik Pandya 1-14) vs GT 191-3 in 19.3 overs (David Miller 68*, Hardik Pandya 40*; Trent Boult 1-38)
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