IPL 2022 Highlights, Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals: Miller and Pandya take Gujarat to the final | Cricket News



KOLKATA: David Miller hit three effortless sixes that looked like action replays as the Gujarat Titans, under inspirational skipper Hardik Pandya, scoffed for any chance of reaching the IPL final -15 with a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday.
On a two-pace track, the Royals rolled over Jos Buttler’s 56-ball-89 to post 188 for six in 20 overs, which looked like a winning total given the pressure of the occasion.
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But Pandya (40 no on 27 balls) and Miller (68* on 38 balls) added 106 runs in exactly 10 overs to seal the deal with three balls in reserve.
For a team that many thought would finish last due to some out of the box picks, proved the most consistent and will now play the final in front of their home crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium, with over 100,000 people watching. cheering.
No amount of praise is enough for new ‘Captain Cool’ Pandya, who always seemed in control even when things didn’t seem to be going his team’s way.

One of the cleanest hitters, Pandya pushed the game deep with well-placed boundaries that allowed Miller to take his time before unleashing five huge sixes – three on Prasidh Krishna’s last, when the bowler completely lost his temper.
The best part of captaining Pandya was not taking chances against the opposition’s top bowler, Yuzvendra Chahal (0/32 in 4 overs), but leaving it to his partner, who hit two huge sixes to ease the pressure.
Once Trent Boult (1/38 in 4 overs) and Chahal were done, it was left to the worst player of the day, Obed McCoy (1/40 in 4 overs), to make a good 19th with Titans needing 23 balls from 12 .

McCoy used his back of the hand slower balls to perfection as only seven came out, leaving Krishna with 16 points to defend, but it took Miller three balls to nail him, all in the length slots.
At the start of the chase, Wriddhiman Saha (0) was all at sea against Boult and edged out whoever moved then straightened up after throwing. Matthew Wade (35 from 30 balls) and Shubman Gill (35 from 21 balls) didn’t let that affect their batter as they added 72 for the second wicket to keep the chase on track.
Gill started slow but then charged into Ravichandran Ashwin with a long-off six over followed by two limits on both sides of the square.

Wade also continued quickly before a big mess ended with Gill exiting.
Skipper Pandya started with a square cut from McCoy before the bowler similarly brought in Wade when Buttler took a well-judged hold in the middle of the wicket.
Earlier, Buttler was very lucky and showed a bit of grit in an 89 inning which took the Rajasthan Royals to a tough total after being batted.
Orange cap holder Buttler, who had failed to pull himself together in the second half of the season, got off to a slow start but made full use of a few catches on his shot, which was peppered with 12 fours and two sixes .

Buttler, who now has 718 points in 15 games, scored 39 on his first 38 balls and then crushed another 50 on his next 18 deliveries.
Buttler was also lucky to get two reprieves – the first on 43 – when Hardik Pandya slid to miss a keeper and then Rashid Khan gobbled it up on 69.
He then faced Alzarri Joseph, breaking three bounds in an over to speed up his scoring before running out in the final over.
First, it was Sanju Samson’s bluster that was in the spotlight as the Royals skipper, seemingly hurt by India’s latest rebuff, responded in style with a 47-26 ball ( 5×4, 3×6).
At a time when Buttler was struggling to get started, the hitter-wicket-keeper dealt with the limits in his entertaining power play.
Samson shared a 68-point stand with Buttler, 47 of which came off the former’s slide which summed up the skipper’s dominance of the Royals following their set-up.
He looked ominous from the first ball itself, when he tossed Dayal long for an effortless six.
The Titans’ pace duo of Mohammed Shami and Alzarri Joseph struggled with their line and lengths as Sanju took full advantage to make it 55/1 in six overs.
Just as they were looking to lose control, none other than the crafty Afghan Spinner braked, entering the bowl after the power play.
With the ball clinging to the dry surface, Rashid cleverly used his variations against his ‘rabbit’ Buttler as the Englishman struggled to pivot the strike.
He only conceded two points from the second, which apparently put pressure on Sanju to face Sai Kishore in the next lesson as he perished in an airborne delivery.


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