GT Vs RR : Introduction
Cricket lovers probably turned on their TV last evening, hoping that they would get to see a thrilling title clash between Gujarat Titans (GT) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the 15th edition of the T-20 IPL finals. The game that lasted until late night yesterday was proof that all their speculation was wrong.
GT walked away with the IPL T-22 trophy by beating RR by 7 wickets at Narendra Modi Stadium.
Toss and Batting decision: Sanju Samson decided to bat first
Sanju Samson broke a longstanding tradition by batting first after winning the toss. The decision might have been costly as the entire batting of Rajasthan stumbled upon the tight bowling and fielding of GT.
Maybe RR’s skipper strategy was different. The final can be tense. Chasing a big total by the fielding side in the final is likely to be stress-filled. After winning the toss, Samson might therefore choose to bat first.
The game’s main point:
Rajasthan was restricted to a total of 130 for 9. Only Buttler could play a decent inning of 39 runs.
Gujarat had a cakewalk and achieved the winning target with 11 balls to spare the 20 overs.
It was undeniably a Hardik Pandya’s day. Hardik excelled with tight bowling of 3 for 17 runs, but his bat also sparkled with an aggressive 34 runs. Hardik helped Gujarat to race towards the target with a 63 run stand with Shubman Gill,
Gill remained not out on 45 before skying a sixer to end the match.
Skipper’s versions after the finals
In the prize distribution function, GT skipper Hardik Pandya said that the bowler has a vital role in winning any match, although the secret of our success is the tireless work of the entire team.
Skipper Sanjoo Samson of RR said he feels proud to lead Rajasthan. He stressed having a quality bowler on the team.
Hardik was on the winning team for the fifth time in IPL. So on Sunday late night, he deservedly got the honor of ‘Player of the match and the ‘Game changer’ award.
Description of the match
RR came out to bat first after winning the toss. Opening batsmen, Jos Buttler and Yashasvi were playing coolly. But after a few overs, Gujarat’s fast bowlers build up pressure. First, Jaiswal hit two sixes while changing the situation. Then, with the greed of going for a sixer again, he skied the ball and was caught by Sai Kishore in the fourth over.
After this, skipper Sanjoo Samson and Buttler took command. The duo picked up the pace of the game. Buttler hit Hardik for two consecutive fours. But a mistimed stroke of Samson on the other end showed him the door to the pavilion.
After Samson’s dismissal, the rest of Rajasthan batsmen could not support Buttler. Hetmyer, Aswin, and Trent got out in quick succession. Buttler was also dismissed by Hardik in his total of 39 runs.
Chasing a victory target of 131 runs, Gujrat did not start well. Opener Wriddhiman was bowled out by Prasidh Krishna.
After that, Mathew Wade came. He got out after playing some good strokes. After that, the pair of Gill and Hardik accelerated the run rate. Hardik
Yuzvendra Chahal, in a sharper delivery, got Hardik caught at first slip.
: Gujarat Titans 133/3 (Shubman Gill 45*, Hardik Pandya 34; Trent Boult 1-14) beat Rajasthan Royals 130/9 (Jos Buttler 39, Yashasvi Jaiswal 22; Hardik Pandya 3-17) by 7 wickets.