Interestingly, the team still has a chance to reach the final. It is also possible that there will be a title match between Rajasthan and Gujarat and then Sanju Samson’s team will have a chance to avenge the loss in Qualifier-1. In fact, the eliminator match of the tournament will be played today in Kolkata between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rajasthan Royals will play Qualifier 2 with the winner of this match. The winner of this match will get an entry in the final.
Chasing the target, North Gujarat suffered the first blow in the first over when Ridhiman Saha was dismissed without opening an account. But then Shubhaman Gill and Matthew Wade gave the team a desirable start by scoring 64 runs in the powerplay itself. Both were batting in a great rhythm. Then in the eighth over a mistake was made and Gill was run out. At the same time, a splendid 72-run partnership between the two ended.
Shortly afterwards, Wade also left. However, it was led by Hardik and David Miller. Although Miller was slow in the beginning, Pandya continued with his bat and kept the team’s run rate close to 10. Seeing Hardik’s innings, Miller also started attacking and before that he completed 50 runs in 35 balls. The duo put on an unbroken partnership of 106 runs in 10 overs to lead the team to victory.
Pick up speed
Earlier, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, when Gujarat skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and asked Rajasthan to bat, Sanju Samson did not show much embarrassment. This is because Rajasthan have won seven of the nine matches they have won in the league this season, batting first. However, the start was not good and Yashvi Jaiswal was out in the second over. Sanju, who came in his place, opened the scoring with a six off the first ball. In the powerplay, Sanju played a total of 13 balls and the 30 runs he scored came with all fours and sixes.
Killer Miller’s three consecutive sixes in the final of the Gujarat Titans
Sanju’s good start (47 off 26 balls) was not allowed to turn into a big innings by Sai Kishore. He was replaced by Devdutt Padikal (28 runs, 20 balls) but Butler remained silent. However, after Devdutt’s dismissal in the 14th over, Butler picked up the pace. In the 17th over, Yash Dayal hit four fours and completed his half century in 42 balls. Now it was difficult to stop Butler. It was the result of his innings that Rajasthan could add only 60 runs in the last four overs.