Gujarat Titans (GT) became the first finalists of the IPL 2022 thanks to David Miller, who apart from making an unbeaten fifty, hit Rajasthan Royals (RR), Prasidh Krishna, for three sixes in three balls in the last over to finish the match on a high.
GT won the toss and Hardik Pandya chose to bowl first. He also said that Alzarri Joseph replaced Lockie Ferguson in the playing XI from the last game. RR came into this crucial match unchanged.
While GT managed to get Yashasvi Jaiswal out early for 3 runs, Jos Buttler clawed his way through the innings despite struggling early on to get any timing. Meanwhile captain Sanju Samson gave a good start scoring 47 in 26 balls with 3 sixes and 5 fours and added 68 runs with Buttler for the second wicket.
Then Devdutt Padikkal contributed 28 runs in 20 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. But, in the last five overs, Jos Buttler flicked a switch and moved up two gears, and smacked the GT bowling to all parts of the Eden Gardens.
Jos Buttler got run out for 89 in 55 balls with 12 fours and 2 sixes while Rajasthan Royals finished their 20 overs on 186/6.
David Miller’s 68* And Three Sixes In Last Over Against Prasidh Krishna Takes Gujarat Titans In The IPL 2022 Final
In reply, GT lost Wriddhiman Saha who got out on the second ball of the chase, while Shubman Gill got run out for 35 runs after adding 72 runs for the second wicket with Matthew Wade. But the Rajasthan Royals bounced back with wickets of Gill, and Wade for 35 runs, leaving GT on 85/3 in the 10th over.
But then Hardik Pandya made 40* in 27 balls with 5 fours and David Miller led the recovery and then took the team to the win. Especially David Miller was brutal in particular.
He hit 5 sixes and 3 fours in his 38-ball 68* and three of those came in the last over off Prasidh Krishna, who had 16 runs to defend in 6 balls, but the match was over in the first three balls itself.
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Watch: David Miller Hits Prasidh Krishna For Three Consecutive Sixes To Put GT Into IPL 2022 Final: