Gujarat has managed a comfortable and convincing win against RR by 37 runs in the 24th match of Tata IPL 2022 here at Dr. DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai. After winning the toss confidently, RR had bowled first; after twenty overs of batting, Gujarat set a target of 193. RR was wrapped up by 155 for losing nine wickets in the reply. The match witnessed a splendid knock by both Hardik Pandya and Jos Buttler, though Pandya was awarded the man of the match.
Matthew Wade and Shubman Gill opened Gujarat innings, and the very first over found three boundaries starting from the first ball. Wade clips, cover drives, and cuts to get through a superb start for his team. This could be an excellent day for Wade, but just on the second ball of the next over, as Gill hops and taps the ball in front of the cover, Wade was just midway down the crease for a single. Van Der Dussen was quickly on to the ball and made a direct hit! Wade was short as it seemed, and after a potentially good start, he was to take a leave.
Vijay Shankar, the new batter, was trying to make him stable, but Kuldeep’s extra bounce cut at the fifth ball of the third over, which made Shankar have an outside edge, and the RR keeper made no mistake. Pandya, the GT skipper, was the new man in the middle. On Sen’s final delivery of the third over, Pandya pushed the fuller length delivery down the mid-on. However, he was off the mark as the fielder fumbled there.
Chahal’s next over was tight; only a few singles were managed, but on Kuldeep’s next over, Pandya smashed three back-to-back boundaries. He was looking good on touch though the last boundary was a little bit edgy, Pandya brought himself back at concentration, and he ultimately hammered a loopy full delivery on seventh over for six, it was followed by Gill’s adorable copy-book pull towards deep square leg, but Parag struck with a splendid carrom ball. As Gill tossed that for a biggie, it was struck on the bottom of the bat and landed down at the palms of Hetgmyer.
Consequent fall, the three wickets made the run rate lower, and Pandya was trying his best to get the situation under his control. Starting from a boundary on the twelfth over, he and Manohar were hammering Chahal on the thirteenth. Finally, on the first couple of deliveries through one more boundary, Pandya reached his half-century; it was well-deserved.
However, after Manohar departed, Miller found no time and had to begin an insane back-to-back hammering on the eighteenth and the penultimate over. It was a massive 47 runs in the last three overs. A splendid and brutal partnership of 53 by ‘Killer’ Miller and powerful Pandya ultimately made a pretty 192 for GT.
RR, this year, as it seems, has got Buttler at his peak form, who gives his team an elongated boost through his bat. From the beginning, he had made a brilliant effort that ended on the sixth over; even Buttler knocked a brutal 54 out of 24 deliveries. None other than him could have played a winning inning; by the end of twenty overs, they ended in 155 for 9. Both GT and RR had played four matches before meeting in between; both the two teams were at six points, but after the match, it was GT beating the other.
Most cricket fans love to play fantasy cricket these days. Fantasy cricket is played on virtual apps that allows you to create your own dream teams based on players from the live match. You win the match according to the performance of the players in the live event. If the players you chose in your team perform well in the live match, you gain points. Choosing the team is the most important and exciting part of playing and requires some degree of knowledge and analytical skills.
Some of the players in the Gujarat Titans team and the Rajasthan Royals team that you can choose to be a part of your fantasy cricket team are:
- Hardik Pandya
- Shubman Gill
- David Miller
- Jos Buttler
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- R Ashwin