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IPL 2022: Gujarat Titans lift IPL trophy in fairytale debut season

Debutant franchise Gujarat Titans won the IPL 2022 after defeating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the final in Ahmedabad yesterday.

The Gujarat-based team was able to outclass Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals in the summit clash and hence the ultimate glory was theirs. In the final, it was skipper Hardik Pandya who took three wickets with the ball, including the prized scalp of Jos Buttler.

In the end, Gujarat went on to chase the total with seven wickets in hand and 11 balls to spare.

Shubman Gill and David Miller remained unbeaten on 45 and 32, respectively, to complete an emphatic win for their team.

The Gujarat-based franchise was able to outclass Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals in the summit clash
The Gujarat-based franchise was able to outclass Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals in the summit clash. Photo courtesy: Twitter.@hardikpandya7

The pace duo of Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna were brilliant in the powerplay, reducing Gujarat to 31 for two with Wriddhiman Saha (5) and Matthew Wade (8) back in the dugout.

Krishna got one to seam back in from good length to breach Saha's defence and crash into the stumps.

Boult, who also bowled a maiden over in his tidy spell, removed Wade. Gujarat would have been three down in the powerplay if Yuzvendra Chahal held on to a simple catch of Gill off Boult in the first over of the innings.

Hardik and Gill struggled to get the boundaries but never felt extreme pressure as the asking rate remained very much in control.

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Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya lifts the IPL trophy. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@hardikpandya7

R Ashwin was introduced in the 12th over and Hardik (34 off 30) decided to go after him, collecting a four and six off successive balls to bring up the 50-run stand with Gill and take Gujarat to 77 for two in 12 overs.

Teams

Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha (w), 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 Samso (w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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