Gujarat Titans chased down Rajasthan Royals' 130/9 with ease for a seven-wicket win in the IPL 2022 final. Catch highlights of GT vs RR.
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No dilution of quality here, but instead breaking the status quo! In front of a packed Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, debutants Gujarat Titans chased down Rajasthan Royals' 130/9 with 11 balls to spare. The Hardik Pandya-led Titans topped the points table with 10 wins in 14 games, then eased into the final with a seven-wicket win in Qualifier 1 against the Royals at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Then they dominated the IPL 2022 final, against the same opponents, at home for a seven-wicket win (deja vu).
In a season defined by their fearlessness and some luck, Gujarat Titans sure emulated the feat achieved by their rivals tonight, Rajasthan Royals in 2008. Sanju Samson won the toss and opted to bat first. With bounce on offer, Titans pacers dominated the Royals batters with skipper Hardik Pandya leading from the front with figures of 3/17. And in his deputy Rashid Khan (1/18), the former Mumbai Indians all-rounder found a perfect ally. Their combined figures of 4/35 sealed the fate of the match.
But Pandya was not done yet. After losing two quick wickets, Titans needed the skipper in the middle with the bat. Pandya (34 off 30) and unbeaten Shubman Gill (45 off 43) calmed the frayed nerves, then came the final dash. It's only fitting that David Miller (32 not out off 19) was there to witness the win, first hand, in the middle as Gill smashed Obed McCoy for a six.
For Royals, Jos Buttler (39 off 35) played a measured knock, and except his opening partner Yashasvi Jaiswal (22 off 16), none of the Royals batters crossed the 20-run mark. Defending a total of 130/9 against a boisterous side was always going to need some magic. Royals did produce some magic, with Trent Boult returning 1/14. But, big battles need multiple warriors. Catch GT vs RR, IPL 2022 final highlights:
Shubman Gill, who carried the bat, says "after winning the under-19 World Cup, winning the IPL is just as big. It is my fourth year. I wanted to be there till the end".
David Miller, enjoying his most prolific IPL season, hails the "collective effort," saying: "Everyone has stuck up their hand and performed well."
Rashid Khan, the vice-captain, reveals the game plan: "We assessed the wicket well, we knew it would be hard to chase down 150."
The spin maestro also terms the win his "biggest achievement."
3/17 in four with the ball and 34 off 30 with the bat for Hardik Pandya. And the winning captain is also the player of the match.
Hardik Pandya joins an elite list of Indian captains winning the IPL. MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma. Gujarat Titans are only the third team to top the points table and win the title, after Rajasthan Royals (2008) and Mumbai Indians (2017, 2019, 2020).
Obed McCoy on and Shubman Gill hits the first ball for a six, over deep square leg. Victory by seven wickets with 11 balls to spare. Gill unbeaten on 45 off 42. David Miller umbeaten on 32 off 19. And Gujarat Titans win the IPL 2022. GT - 133/3 (18.1); RR - 130/9 (20)
Ravichandran Ashwin on with his third. Two singles, then a dot. A single, then a couple to fine leg for David Miller. Inside edge. Gujarat need 4 in 12. GT - 127/3 (18)
Prasidh Krishna returns for his third over. Rajasthan Royals need wickets. A dot, then a couple to third man. Obed McCoy does well to restrict it to a couple. A bouncer for a dot, then another one, but this time get a top-edge a four to fine leg. A wide for height. 15 needed in 20. Another four, this time to third man. Edge. Then a couple to deep square leg. 13 from the over. 1/40 for McCoy so far. Gujarat need 9 runs in 18 balls. GT - 122/3 (17)
Ravichandran Ashwin on with his second. Shubman Gill takes a couple, to square leg. Poor fielding, to allow the second. A single to mid-wicket and 100 up. Ashwin tosses up, and David Miller dismisses it for a six, over deep midwicket. A confident Miller can be a killer. And a single. Then, another. 12 from the over. 0/27 for Ashwin so far. Leaking. Gujarat need 22 runs in 24 balls. GT - 109/3 (16)
Obed McCoy returns for his third. Two singles, and a dot. David Miller breaches the cover fora four, and a single to short third man. Very tight. Another single to end the over. Eight from it. Gujarat need 34 runs in 30 balls. GT - 97/3 (15)
David Miller is the new man. A dot, then a couple to midwicket. A dot, then a single to point. Five runs and a wicket from Yuzvendra Chahal's final over. His figures: 1/20. He's the highest wicket-taker this season. 27. And also the highest by a spinner in an IPL season. Gujarat need 42 runs in 36 balls. GT 89/3 (14)
Yuzvendra Chahal on with his final over. Hardik Pandya guides the first ball to fine leg, and taken two. Then the wicket. Chahal is ecstatic, and why not. Beauty. Spinning away and fine catch by Yashasvi Jaiswal at slip. Hardik Pandya goes for 34 off 30. And 63-run stand in 53 balls broken. Hardik not happy, for the third run not taken off the previous ball. Gill trying to avoid the skipper's glare. GT - 86/3 (13.2)
Trent Boult with his final over. Hardik Pandya takes a couple off the first, to backward point. Good fielding from Yuzvendra Chahal. A single, past point. A couple, past cover for Shubman Gill. And shout of LBW against Gill. But one leg bye. A dot, then a single. And a dot. Seven from the over. 1/14 for Boult tonight. Gujarat need 47 runs in 42 balls. GT - 84/2 (13)
Ravichandran Ashwin on with his first over. Singles off the first two, and outside edge for a four to third man for Hardik Pandya. And six, over deep mid-wicket. And fifty-run stand (51 off 43). Singles to end the over. 15 from the over. Gujarat need 54 runs in 48 balls. GT - 77/2 (12)
Obed McCoy returns for his second. Shubman Gill lobs and a couple to deep mid-wicket. A single, past mid-wicket. All along the ground through cover, and four for Hardik Pandya. Timing. A single to cover. A slower bouncer for a dot, then a single. Eight from the over. Gujarat need 69 runs in 54 balls. GT - 62/2 (11)
Yuzvendra Chahal on with his third. Singles off the first two, and fifty up for Gujarat Titans. A dot to Hardik Pandya, and a single to mid-wicket. Paddle sweep and a couple for Shubman Gill, to fine leg. A dot to end the over. Six from it. Gujarat need 77 in 60. GT - 54/2 (10)
Prasidh Krishna returns for his third. Shubman Gill plays the first to long on for a single. Swing and miss, then a four, over mid-off. Hardik Pandya picks the half-volley and deals with it. And another swing and miss.A comfortable single to long on. And inside edge for four. Gill is very lucky tonight. On 19 off 23. 25 in 27 for the third wicket with Pandya (9 off 14). Ten from the over. GT - 48/2 (9)
Yuzvendra Chahal continues. And on the sidelines, Lasith Malinga gives words of wisdom to Obed McCoy. Two singles, then a single for Shubman Gill
to long-on. Hardik Pandya takes a single off the fourth, and a skier. Shimron Hetmyer chases from cover but not quite there. Lucky, Gill. A dot to end. Three singles from it. GT - 38/2 (8)
Obed McCoy on. A bouncer to start, for a dot. A single to sweeper cover. A dot, then another single, to deep mid-wicket. A quick single to mid-off. One more single, and four from it. GT - 35/2 (7)
Yuzvendra Chahal with his first over. Two singles, and a single for Shubman Gill, to mid-wicket. A dot, then a single to mid-wicket. Gill sweeps and four to end the over. Six from it. GT - 31/2 (6)
Hardik Pandya is the new man. A wide, outside off. Tight call. A dot. One more. Another wide, down the leg. Short, and straight to the fielder for a dot. Three runs and a wicket from Trent Boult's third. 1/8 so far. GT - 25/2 (5)
Trent Boult on with his third. Shubman Gill takes a single off the first, past point. A slip in pace. And dot. Shaping away from Matthew Wade. And taken by Riyan Parag at md-wicket. Probing, probing and probed. Wade goes for 8 off 10. Parag has the most catches for an outfielder in this IPL. GT - 23/2 (4.3)
Prasidh Krishna continues. Five wides, down leg. No chance for Sanju Samson. And a beauty to Matthew Wade. Digs it out. Two dots, then a six. Over backward square leg as Wade connects. Jay Shah, in the crowd, is impressed. Two dots to then the over. 11 from it. GT - 22/1 (4)
Trent Boult continues. Three dots to Shubman Gill. Make it four. Then, an outswinger and with some bounce. Prasidh Krishna applauds. A maiden. Sensational effort. GT - 11/1
Matthew Wade is the new man. He starts with a couple, to third man. A dot to end the over. Sic runs and a wicket from Prasidh Krishna's first over. GT - 11/1 (2)
Prasidh Krishna shares the new ball. A dot, then Krishna misses the length. Wriddhiman Saha pulls it for a four. And what. Seam up and swung back, and the middle stump is gone. Magic ball. Saha goes for 5 off 7. GT - 9/1 (1.4)
Two dots, and Wriddhiman Saha takes a single to extra cover. Then Yuzvendra Chahal drops Shubman Gill on duck. Inside edge, and a dolly at forward short leg. Chahal, diving forward, overcompensates. Another dot, then a four to fine leg. GT - 5/0 (1)
Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill to open for Gujarat Titans. Trent Boult with the new ball. Target - 131 in 120 balls. The lowest total defended in an IPL final was 129/8 by Mumbai Indians against Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017.
Meanwhile, watch that fastest delivery of the season. Lockie Ferguson just beat Umran Malik.
Mohammed Shami with the final over. To long-on, and Riyan Parag won't take a single. To backward square leg, and pushes for a second. Tight, but safe. Four, over point. To long-off, and run out. Obed McCoy sacrifices his wicket going for the second. A dot, then the wicket. Uprooted the off-stump. Class! Parag out for 15 off 15. Seven runs and two wickets. 1/33 for Shami tonight. Four wickets and 36 runs in the last five. Royals in a spot. RR - 130/9 (20)
Yash Dayal returns for his third over. Riyan Parag takes a single off the first, then a bouncer for a dot, Top edge and a single to third man. A dot, then a single, A dot to end the over. Three from it. RR -123/7 (19)
Obed McCoy is the new man. He takes a single off the fourth, a single, then a six. Flat, over deep mid-wicket. 16 runs from Sai Kishore's second over. RR - 120/7 (18)
R Sai Kishore continues. Trent Boult heaves and a couple to long-off. Boult heaves again, caught by David Miller at long on, but the fielder misreads the boundary and oversteps. Six. Another heave, but this time caught by Rahul Tewatia at long off, for real. Boult goes for 11 off 7. RR - 112/7 (17.3)
Lockie Ferguson returns for his third. Six single from the over. 25 runs and three wickets in the last five overs. RR - 104/6 (17)
Riyan Parag is the new man. 22 runs and three wickets in the last 30 balls. And R Sai Kishore gets his first over. Singles, then the wicket. Ravichandran Ashwin is caught at long-on by David Miller. He goes for 6 off 9. A dot to new man Trent Boult to end the over. Four runs. RR - 98/6 (16)
Hardik Pandya on with his final over. Ravichandran Ashwin takes a single off the first, to fine leg. Shimron Hetmyer comes down and lofts the third over mid-off for a four. A well-directed bouncer for the response. Hetmyer guides the fifth for a four to third man. And caught and bowled. Extra bounce doing the damage. Leading edge. Hetmyer goes for 11 off 12. 10 runs and a wicket. 3/17 for Hardik. Exceptional. RR - 94/5 (15)
Rashid Khan on with his final over. An appeal for stumping. Ravichandran Ashwin's backfoot is grounded. No harm. But brilliant delivery and quick work behind the wicket. A single, to long-on. And a dot, then another. Hetmyer fails to read and is beaten. A single to end the over. Two from it. 1/18 for Rashid tonight. Magical. RR - 84/4 (14)
Ravichandran Ashwin is the new man. A dot, then a single to mid-on. Another dot, and a single for Shimron Hetmyer to mid-wicket. A single to end the over. Three singles and a wicket. 2/7 in three for Hardik Pandya. 11 in the last three overs. Strangling. RR - 82/4 (13)
Hardik Pandya continues. And the big wicket. Pressure telling. Jos Buttler is caught behind. Looks to steer but ends up getting an edge. He goes for 39 off 35. RR - 79/4 (12.1).
And here are the most runs in an IPL season: 973 by Virat Kohli (2016), 863 by Jos Buttler (2022), 848 by David Warner (2016), 735 by Kane Williamson (2018), 733 by Chris Gayle (2012) and Mike Hussey (2013).
Shimron Hetmyer is the new man, and gets an unplayable googly for welcome. Dot. Four runs and a wicket from Rashid Khan's third over. His figures so far: 1/16. 25 runs and two wickets in the last 30 balls. RR - 79/3 (12)
Sai Kishore gets ready, but Hardik Pandya brings Rashid Khan back. Devdutt Padikkal pulls the first, and a single to long-on. Almost carried. A single to square leg. Two more singles, and the wicket. Top edge, straight to Mohammed Shami at short third man. Padikkal out for 2 off 10. In a final! RR - 79/3 (11.5)
Hardik Pandya continues. Jos Buttler takes a couple off the first, to backward point. A dot, then a single straight down the ground. A dot to Devdutt Padikkal. Yet to open his account. A bouncer, and another dot. 0 off 6 for Padikkal. One leg bye, to short fine leg. Four from the over. 1/4 for Hardik in two overs. RR - 75/2 (11)
Mohammed Shami returns for his third over. A dot, and Jos Buttler in on 23 off 24. Very quiet, only three fours for the Englishman. A couple as Lockie Fergusson makes a brilliant effort at sweeper cover. Then a four, to deep square leg. Back of lenght and Buttler in the act. In control. Then a beauty fo a drive, through cover for another four. Now, he is the most prolific scorer in a single IPL edition, only behind Virat Kohli's 973 in 2016. 857 runs for Buttler in 2022. 11 from the over. RR - 71/2 (10)
Devdutt Padikkal is gthe man. And he is beaten. Such fine margins. Ball sniffing the outside edge. Three more dots. One wicket and one run. Excellent first over from Hardik Pandya. RR - 60/2 (9)
Hardik Pandya introduces himself. Jos Buttler plays uppishly for a single, to deep cover. And one more catch for Sai Kishore at short third man. Off cutter and top edge. Sanju Samson goes for 14 off 11. RR - 60/2 (8.2)
Rashid Khan continues. Jos Buttler takes a single off the first, past cover. Another single, to long-off. Play and miss. Widish and Buttler looks to cut, but gets beaten. Two singles, one more. Five singles from it. RR - 59/1 (8)
Lockie Ferguson continues. A dot, then a single to sweeper cover for Sanju Samson. Then the fastest delivery of IPL 2022, a searing yorker at 157.3 to Jos Buttler for a dot. A four, over mid-off. Just over. And one more, to third man. A single to the over. 10 from it. RR - 54/1 (7)
Rashid Khan on. Sanju Samson plays the first ball past cover, and four. Poor effort from Sai Kishore. After a hard chase, he drags the ball to boundary. Two singles. A dot to Samson. Hardik Pandya is egging the crowd. A single to mid-wicket. One more, to short fine leg. Eight from the over. RR - 45/1 (6)
Sanju Samson is the new man. And Lockie Ferguson on. A dot, then a single to mid-off. Samson starts with a four, over mid-on fielder. A single to third
man. A slipper delivery, widish yorker and dot. Beaten, and dot to end the over. Six from the over. RR - 37/1 (5)
Yash Dayal continues. Yashasvi Jaiswal guides the first to short third man and a direct hit from Mohammed Shami would have ended Jos Buttler's stay. Desperate dive. A single for the trouble. And a single to long-on. Jaiswal backs off and looks to play uppishly, but misses. Over the infield for a couple, Rashid Khan doing the work at extra cover. And six, deep into the fine leg stand. Using the pace. Another pull, and Sai Kishore takes the catch at deep. Jaiswal goes for 22 off 16. 10 runs and a wicket. RR - 31/1 (4)
Mohammed Shami continues. Jos Buttler takes a single, and a big swing from Yashasvi Jaiswal. But misses, and a brilliant take behind the wicket by Wriddhiman Saha. Seven balls and still on 0. Jaiswal then finds enough power to clear the mid-off fielder for a four. Another wild heave, and misses. Shami is taking a breather. And six, over extra cover. Picks the half-volley and creams. Pulls and in the air, but Rashid Khan chases down to restrict it to a three at deep mid-wicket. 14 from the over. RR - 21/0 (3)
Yash Dayal shares the new ball. Two dots. And first boundary of the final. Wide, and Jos Buttler flashes and hard, to deep backward point. A dot, then a single to square leg. A dot to end the over. Five from the over. RR - 7/0 (2)
Mohammed Shami with the new ball. Yashasvi Jaiswal takes the first strike. Bang on the money first ball. A dot, then one leg bye. Going down the leg. A single for Jos Buttler, to mid-on. A dot. Then, almost carried to mid-wicket as Jaiswal flicks. No run. Another dot, a bouncer and almost plays on. Two from the over. RR - 2/0 (1)
Gujarat Titans take the field first. Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal to open for Rajasthan Royals. Chris Gaffaney and Nitin Menon are the on-field umpires. KN Anantha Padmanabhan will assist them as third umpire.
Players and match officials are in the middle. Time for the national anthem of India.
Rajasthan Royals are unchanged. One for Gujarat Titans. Lockie Ferguson in Alzarri Joseph. Here are the playing XIs:
Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami.
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Sanju Samson wins the toss, and Rajasthan Royals will bat first against Gujarat Titans.
Jos Buttler has been dismissed four times - three times in IPL - by Rashid Khan. The GT vs RR IPL final will be about many mini battles. Both the team have quality batters and quality bowlers and thus this GT vs RR match has the potential to produce multiple game-changers.
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, R Sai Kishore, Yash Dayal, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami.
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna.
Visuals shift to players now. Both the teams are in the middle for the warm-up.
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And with "Jai Ho", AR Rahman's performance is over. Ranveer Singh was back on the stage.
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This is probably the biggest sing-along as AR Rahman belts out "Maa Tujhe Salaam". Cricketers, fans all having an inspired moment in Ahemdabad.
TATA IPL salutes Indian cricket. A montage of past wins and some more iconic moments, including the 1983 World Cup victory.
Now, AR Rahman to perform for the first time in IPL.
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Meanwhile, Simon Doull was busy with the pitch report. His predictions - bigger bounce, and score 180-190 batting first to win the title.
Ranveer Singh is the first performer. Enters the stage running, waving IPL flag and a salute. He is performing on a mashup of songs, presenting the ten IPL teams
Ravi Shastri welcomes everyone. The former India coach relives the past 15 years of IPL. Full of energy, as expected. He says, "Let the emotions of the past sink in".
And here's also the world's largest cricket jersey - a Guinness World Record.
Shastri introduces BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, BCCI secy Jay Shah and IPL chairman Brijesh Patel. Then the captains, Hardik Pandya and Sanju Samson.
Ranveer Singh was just spotted taking a lap. The ceremony will also mark 15 years of IPL. Narendra Modi stadium is already packed.
But first, we will have some fanfare - a closing ceremony feat. Ranveer Singh, AR Rahman and other Bollywood stars.
IPL newbies Gujarat Titans aim for a hattrick of wins against Rajasthan Royals this season. GT beat RR in the league stage by 37 runs and then again by seven wickets in the first qualifier to reach the final.