Gujarat’s much-loved bowling attack, led by skipper Hardik Pandya (3/17) himself, limited a formidable Rajasthan Royals batting unit to 130 for nine after losing the coin toss.
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Shubman Gill and David Miller went undefeated in 45 and 32, respectively, to complete an emphatic victory for their team.
It should have been a comfortable chase, but Rajasthan went all out to make it an interesting finale. As they have shown all season, Gujarat remained calm in tight situations to complete the chase in 18.1 overs.
Few gave Gujarat a chance in their debut season, especially after a mixed auction where they waited until the end to secure the services of wicketkeepers Wriddhiman Saha and Matthew Wade.
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It wasn’t a team dotted with star players, but Hardik impressed with his leadership and got the most out of his colleagues.
His performance with the bat and the ball also contributed immensely to the team’s triumph in addition to the ability to bounce back from any situation thanks to the brilliance of Miller and Rahul Tewatia.
After posting a disappointing total, Rajasthan had to make a special effort with the ball to get back into the game.
The pace duo of Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna were brilliant on the power play, reducing Gujarat to 31 for two with Wriddhiman Saha (5) and Matthew Wade (8) back in the dugout.
Krishna retrieved one of good length to break through Saha’s defense and crash into the stumps.
Boult, who also knocked down a young girl in her put away spell, pulled Wade out. Gujarat would have been three on the power play had Yuzvendra Chahal saved a simple hold from Gill on Boult in the first round of innings.
Hardik and Gill struggled to break through the limits but never felt extreme pressure as the requested rate remained very much under control.
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R Ashwin was introduced in the 12th and Hardik (34 from 30) decided to go after him, collecting four and six successive balls to raise the stand to 50 points with Gill and bring Gujarat to 77 for two in 12 overs.
The skipper fell to a brilliant broken leg from Chahal but Gill and Miller ended up getting the job done. The entire stadium, housing more than a lakh people, erupted as Gill hit the six winners.
Earlier, Hardik (3/17) struck three times in his four overs while Rashid Khan (1/18) delivered again on the big stage to put his side on course for a title in his debut season .
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Rajasthan didn’t have the best of starts after skipper Sanju Samson decided to put points on the board in a Grand Final.
Gujarat bowlers managed to keep the pressure on the opposition although Jos Buttler (39 out of 35) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (22 out of 16) tried their best to free themselves.
Jaiswal, who seemed hesitant against Mohammad Shami’s pace and swing, took more risks than Buttler early in the innings.
Of the shots Jaiswal attempted, his most reassuring shot was a beautifully timed cover six on Shami. After shooting Yash Dayal for a huge six on a long leg, the southpaw tried one too many and was taken deep. The extra bounce caused the miss.
Buttler, who started his innings with a clean square cut, was joined by Samson (14 of 11) down the middle.
Knowing well that both Rajasthan right-handers are struggling against Rashid Khan, Hardik brought the star spinner into the attack in the power play itself.
Both Buttler and Samson opted to play it safe against Rashid as Rajasthan went 44 for one on the power play.
The in-form Buttler decided to force the issue as he drove Lockie Ferguson onto the coverage field before cutting him for successive boundaries.
The New Zealander was generating serious pace and then clocked 157.3 km/h, the fastest ball in the tournament.
Samson didn’t last long as his counterpart Hardik retired him on his second point of the match. Hardik hit the hard length and Samson opted for the shot shot to be taken offside, leaving Rajasthan at 60 for two in 8.2 overs.
Rajasthan’s struggles were compounded when Devdutt Padikkal (2), who took eight balls out of the mark, and Buttler went within three ball space.
With Rajasthan chasing after 14 overs, big shots were the need of the hour.
However, Hardik made it 94 for five by catching and throwing the dangerous Shimron Hetmyer.
Ashwin perished in the aftermath, ending all hopes of a retaliatory response from Rajasthan.
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