After defeating the Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs on Thursday in Navi Mumbai, the Gujarat Titans ascended to the top of the TATA Indian Premier League 2022 table.
Hardik Pandya starred in all three areas as the Gujarat Titans captain led his club to a 37-run triumph at the top of the table. With 193 runs to chase, Buttler made a splash in the opening two overs, scoring five fours and a six.
Yash Dayal took his first IPL wicket when Padikkal was caught at first slip on the first delivery he faced. Buttler, on the other hand, kept the boundaries coming after hitting three fours and a six against Dayal in the third over.
Buttler reacted with a quickfire 23-ball fifty to reclaim the ‘Orange Cap’ from Hardik, but he received little help from the other RR batsmen as GT cruised to victory thanks to a solid bowling performance.
Buttler blasted Shami for 13 runs in the first over before smashing two fours and a six against debutant Dayal in the next over to get RR off to a flying start in their chase.
After that baptism of fire, Dayal got his reward when he returned Padikkal (0) on a ‘Golden Duck’ in the same over, the RR opener edging a short ball back to slip. In the fourth over, Buttler showed no compassion, hitting three fours and a six against Dayal.
At the toss, Samson chose to bowl, forcing Rajasthan to make one change, with Jimmy Neesham replacing Trent Boult, who was out with a niggle. Gujarat made two changes: Darshan Nalkande was replaced by Yash Dayal, and Vijay Shankar was replaced by Sai Sudharsan.
Matthew Wade, who has had a difficult season, got off to a terrific start against Neesham in the opening over, hitting three boundaries. Wade, on the other hand, maintained his terrible luck by being run out in the next over. Shubman Gill attempted a dangerous single, but Wade (12 off 6 balls) was slow to react and was caught short of safety by a hard hit from van der Dussen.
Hardik had already found an effective ally in Abhinav Manohar (43 off 28) before exploding with David Miller (31 not out off 14) to help the IPL debutants to their highest score of the competition.
Before the skipper and Miller hammered 53 off 25 balls to close the innings in style, Hardik and Manohar enjoyed an 86-run fourth-wicket partnership.
Gujarat was reeling for 53 runs after being put in to bat. Manohar hit four fours and two maximums in his 52-ball innings, compared to Hardik’s eight fours and four sixes in 52 balls.
In the final over, RR needed 40 runs. As RR fell 38 runs short of the target, Dayal took his third wicket of the innings.
The Gujarat Titans, who were given the opportunity to bat first, made two changes to their lineup: Vijay Shankar and Yash Dayal were picked in the starting eleven. In his first over against Mathew Wade, James Neesham, who replaced the injured Boult, let up three fours. With a direct hit, Rassie van der Dussen produced a run-out to conclude Wade’s innings.
In the third over, Kuldeep Sen located Vijay Shankar’s outside edge and dismissed him for two runs. Hardik Pandya, the captain, counter-attacked by hitting three consecutive fours against Kuldeep.