Hardik Pandya wins IPL 2022 title against Gujarat Titans

IPL 2022 Final: GT loses to RR- The Gujarat Titans, who made their debut with Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance of 34 runs with the bat and three wickets with the ball, defeated the defending champions Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium here on Sunday. Follow the latest IPL 2022 updates on InsideSport.IN

Chasing a medium target of 131, the Gujarat Titans got off to a bad start and lost opener Riddhiman Saha by 5 runs as he was cleared by pacer Krishna for 9 in the second over.

IPL 2022 Final: All-rounder Hardik Pandya returns, defeats Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in final to win IPL 2022 title against Gujarat Titans

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Gujarat suffered a second blow as Matthew Wade was bowled out for 8 by Trent Bolt and was bowled out for 23/2.

GT desperately needed a partnership opener Shubhaman Gill and captain Hardik Pandya did exactly what their team did when they crossed the 50-run mark in 9.2 overs.

Hardik Pandya-Shubman Gill put on 50 off 43 balls as the hosts moved closer to the target. The 73-run stand was broken when leg-spinner Yuzbendra Chahal Hardik was dismissed for 34 to take his 28th wicket of the season.

David Miller went down to bat with Gill and the pair exceeded the team’s total triple-figure in 15.2 overs. The Miller-Gill pairing looks tough and their pairing brings the team closer to the goal.

The Gujarat Titans, who made their debut with a huge six from Shubhaman Gill in the bowling of Obed McCoy, won their first IPL title by winning the final by seven wickets. Gill was unbeaten on 45 and Miller was unbeaten on 32 off 19 balls as GT chased down the target in just 18.1 overs.

IPL 2022 Final: All-rounder Hardik Pandya returns, defeats Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in final to win IPL 2022 title against Gujarat Titans

After deciding to bat first the day before, Rajasthan got off to a good start in their innings with openers Jassvi Joyswal and Jos Butler scoring 21 runs in 3 overs. But after Yash Dayal dismissed Jaiswal in the 4th over, the team’s total score was 31/1.

Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson joined Butler at the crease and kept the scoreboard in their favor. The duo beat Rajasthan by 50 runs in 7 overs and kept the momentum going.

Gujarat got another breakthrough in the 9th over when Hardik Pandya dismissed Samson who was caught by Sai Kishore after scoring 14 runs. His departure brings Devdatta Padikkal to strike, who couldn’t do much and was caught by Mohammad Shamir in Rashid Khan’s delivery.

This was another blow for Rajasthan as they lost Butler’s most valuable wicket in the next over as he fell victim to Hardik’s spell and his team struggled to 79/4 in 13 overs.

Shimron Hetmeyer and Ravichandran Ashwin joined hands at the crease and tried to anchor the innings for some time. Hetmeyer was then caught and bowled by Hardik in the 15th over and Ashwin was dismissed by Sai Kishore in the 16th over, giving the team a score of 98/6.

IPL 2022 Final: All-rounder Hardik Pandya returns, defeats Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in final to win IPL 2022 title against Gujarat Titans

Ryan Parag and Trent Bolt could not stand for long as they came to the crease as the last hope of Rajasthan. In the 16th over, Bolt caught the ball of Sai Kishore by Rahul Tewatia.

Parag then joined Obed McCoy, who was run out in the 20th over and then bowled by former Mohammad Shamir to end Rajasthan’s innings at 130/9.

IPL debutants now need 131 off 120 balls to win their first title.

Short Score: Rajasthan Royals 130/9 (Jos Butler 39, Yashaswi Joycewal 22; Hardik Pandya 3/17) vs Gujarat Titans 133/3 in 18.1 overs (Shubman Gill 45 *, Hardik Pandya 34; Trent Bolt 1/14).

IPL 2022 Final: All-rounder Hardik Pandya returns, defeats Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in final to win IPL 2022 title against Gujarat Titans

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