After edging out the hosts in a nail-biting contest, the Royals were able to keep their place atop the IPL standings and claim their first-ever win over the Titans.
Gujarat Titans Inning
Their 50 runs stand contributed to Gujarat Titans posting 177 for 7 which was made possible by Gill’s calm temperament in the face of hardship and captain Hardik Pandya’s rapid comprehension of the situation. Both players once more came to the forefront of the situation.
David Miller, a left-handed hitter for South Africa who faced 30 deliveries and scored 46 runs off of them, and Abhinav Manohar, who faced 13 deliveries and scored 27, gave the finishing touch with a 45-run partnership that featured 3 boundaries and 5 sixes.
Pandya with 28 runs and Gill with 45 runs joined forces during a point in the game in which the powerplay score appeared to be much below what it should have been. In addition, the reigning champs had two players return to the dugout, which made them appear vulnerable. Not only did the 59-run combination breathe new life into the game, but it also assisted the reigning champions in launching a full-scale assault in the final overs of the match.
It was up to the skipper alongside one of their most respected colleagues to turn everything around for the Titans when they were in a difficult position with the score being 42 for the loss of 2 wickets at the conclusion of the powerplay with Wriddhiman Saha with 4 runs and youthful Sai Sudarshan made 20 runs falling cheaply.
In the beginning, Gill played a game of waiting. On the final ball of the 3rd over, he got off the mark by hitting an easy boundary over extra cover from a long ball from New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult.
Pandya and Gill chose the 7th and 8th overs, which were bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin and Adam Zampa, respectively, to receive special treatment. The Titans captain spanked a six and a boundary off the Australian bowler in the 7th over, and the pair milked 17 runs off the 8th over thrown by Ashwin.
Rajasthan Royals Inning
Rajasthan, who were attempting to chase down a difficult 178, got through to a terrible start, losing both Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler inside the powerplay for scores in the single digits.
But the captain, Samson, responded admirably by hitting a 60 off of 32 balls. The asking price was never allowed to get out of hand thanks to his connections with Devdutt Padikkal who made 26 runs and Hetmyer.
After Samson was dismissed in the fifteenth over, it was Hetmyer and Dhruv Jurel making 18 runs who contributed a critical 47 runs off of just 20 deliveries to bring the Royals closer. After much perseverance, he was ultimately successful in leading his team past the line of goal with 4 deliveries to spare.
Hetmyer, who is 26 years old, completely altered the course of the match with his blitz, which had a strike rate of more than 215 percent. The over had two boundaries and 5 sixes, and it occurred at a point in the game when things appeared to be heading in the right direction for the team led by Sanju Samson.
As the Gujarat Titans produced early inroads and put the Royals into a tight corner, pace bowlers Hardik Pandya and Mohammed Shami performed well for the Gujarat Titans.
With 177 not appearing to be an intimidating total for defense by any measure — against a side stacked with batting aces like Jaiswal, Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, and Samson — the ideal option for Pandya and Shami was to use ball talk. This was because 177 did not look like an impressive total to defend by any measure.
Even after Pandya (28) and Shubman Gill (45), who had worked together to drag the Titans out of danger through a 59-run partnership, the captain bowled tirelessly in combination with Mohammed Shami, whose blistering pace and swing confused the RR top-order hitters. Shami’s blistering pace and movement confused the RR top-order batsmen.
Pandya coaxed Jaiswal into playing an insane short, which involved the batter extending the front of the bat to receive a delivery that was outside the off stump. This provided Gill with the opportunity to practice catching in the slips.
Buttler made a hesitant commitment to a stroke that he normally would not play due to the increasing amount of pressure that was being applied during the powerplay as well as the high expectations that the Royals had established for themselves in those crucial six overs.
The captain of the England while-ball team stepped across the stumps in response to a delivery that was seaming in towards his off stump. However, he failed in his attempt of scooping the ball over fine leg, which led to his off stump being plucked from the ground.
Because of this, Padikkal and Samson found themselves in the unfortunate position of having to reconstruct the house from the ground up. The Royals were able to score 26 runs during the powerplay period, which is a credit to the unsettling length that Shami and Pandya delivered.
But after that, the job of rebuilding began in earnest, beginning with a partnership of 43 runs between Samson and Padikkal who made 26 runs, which was followed by the skipper forming a partnership of 59 runs with Riyan Parag (5). The relationship between Dhruv Jurel and Hetmyer flourished in the latter stages of the game, with the West Indian contributing the majority of the runs scored.
There were some tense moments as both Ashwin and Jurel fell in rapid succession, but Hetmyel finished the work with another big six to make everyone happy.
Swashbuckling after Sanju Samson’s aggressive half-century, Shimron Hetmyer stole the show with a stunning unbeaten 56 runs off just 26 deliveries that helped Rajasthan Royals win Gujarat Titans by 3 wickets in Ahmedabad. Hetmyer’s performance came after Rajasthan Royals had already taken the lead.
Roaring Rajasthan has already won four of their last five games, while steady Gujarat has maintained their position as the third team in the points chart.
Aon Ali has graduated from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan in 2012 and then he started his career in a local News agency as an IT manager. Later on, he started creating news reports for the sports category. Since he is fond of cricket, so most of his work is in the coverage of news related to local cricket events.