Gujarat Titans (GT) humbled Rajasthan Royals (RR) in match no. 24 to register their fourth win in the IPL 2022 season and go to the top of the table.
Batting first, Gujarat rode on the back of the skipper, Hardik Pandya‘s knock. He built two crucial partnerships – first with Abhinav Manohar (43) and then with David Miller (31 off 14).
Hardik himself smashed 87 in just 52 balls, the knock included 8 fours and 4 massive sixes. It was the return of the explosive and intent-filled Hardik, who had gone missing due to the responsibility of being the captain.
Chasing the target of 193, Rajasthan was buoyed by Jos Buttler’s stunning 24-ball 54 at the top. He did the majority of the scoring in the powerplay, scoring more than 95% of the runs at one point.
Unfortunately, he didn’t receive much support from the other end and once he was dismissed, the untested middle order was exposed. Lockie Ferguson feasted on them, finishing with figures of 3/23 in four overs.
Debutante, Yash Dayal also contributed with 3 wickets of his own. With the win, GT now moves to the top with four wins in five matches. As for Rajasthan, they remain in 2nd place because of a superior net run rate.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to GT vs RR:
Hardik Pandya 2.0 #GreatValue.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) April 14, 2022
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 14, 2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 14, 2022
Gujarat Lions first 5 IPL matches – W W W L W
Gujarat Titans first 5 IPL matches – W W W L W
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) April 14, 2022
GT have been the surprise package of the season. Lots of credit should go to @hardikpandya7 and Nehra ji. Both are quite relaxed characters and keep things simple. Hardik definitely the standout new captain of this season. #RRvGT #IPL2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 14, 2022
If ever there is a debate on who is going to replace or in competition for Captaining team India 🇮🇳 in shorter format then it has to be @hardikpandya7 Yes watever little I have seen of him in this #IPL as far his leadership skill is concerned, I’m damn impressed wit it 👍 #RRvGT
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) April 14, 2022
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) April 14, 2022
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) April 14, 2022
Top of the table #GujaratTitans 👏
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 14, 2022
This bad patch will go fast and your form and your team will bounce back prior don't depend on overseas bowler let our bowler can play atleast they will get courage like gujrat has manohar, dayal new comers but performing well… you also give new talant chance….hope you got me
— Minar Chandan (@ChandanMinar) April 14, 2022
— Arshiya (@ublewmymind) April 14, 2022
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 14, 2022
— Vineet (@lundia_vineet) April 14, 2022
Congratulations GT well deserved win 🎉
Hardik lead from front
Keep going like this 😌 #Aavade
— May27 🇮🇳 #RR💗 🤝🏻 #GT💙 (@MegaVyas) April 14, 2022
#RRvsGT Gujrat Titans be like, humare khilaf 12 overs ki match hogi. Bcoz Rashid aur Ferguson ko maarna bht mushkil hai. Excellent captaincy from Hardik Pandya again. Nice grip of the game nd situational awareness
— MOHD FUZAIL AHMAD (@mohdfuzailahmad) April 14, 2022