Jos Buttler – Top Run Scorer (Rajasthan Royals) @2.63Casumo Popular Bet – GT VS RR
Rashid Khan – Top Wicket Taker (Gujarat Titans) @3.60Casumo Popular Bet – GT VS RR
|Yashasvi Jaiswal||c Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore b Yash Dayal||22||16||1||2||137.5|
|Jos Buttler||c Wriddhiman Saha b Hardik Pandya||39||35||5||0||111.43|
|Sanju Samson||c Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore b Hardik Pandya||14||11||2||0||127.27|
|Devdutt Padikkal||c Mohammed Shami b Rashid Khan||2||10||0||0||20|
|Shimron Hetmyer||c & b Hardik Pandya||11||12||2||0||91.67|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||c David Miller b Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore||6||9||0||0||66.67|
|Riyan Parag||b Mohammed Shami||15||15||1||0||100|
|Trent Boult||c Rahul Tewatia b Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore||11||7||0||1||157.14|
|Obed McCoy||run out (Rahul Tewatia)||8||5||0||1||160|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 6.5)||130/9|
|Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore||2||0||20||2||10||0||0|
|Wriddhiman Saha||b Prasidh Krishna||5||7||1||0||71.43|
|Shubman Gill||not out||45||43||3||1||104.65|
|Matthew Wade||c Riyan Parag b Trent Boult||8||10||0||1||80|
|Hardik Pandya||c Yashasvi Jaiswal b Yuzvendra Chahal||34||30||3||1||113.33|
|David Miller||not out||32||19||3||1||168.42|
|Total||(18.1 Ov, RR: 7.34)||133/3|
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Gujarat Titans will be up against Rajasthan Royals in the final of IPL 2022 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. After 73 nail-biting and riveting contests, we have finally arrived at the final match of IPL 2022 where the winner takes all.
Gujarat Titans have comfortably been the best and most consistent side in the league and are playing the final in their maiden appearance in the competition. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals are appearing in their first final since winning the inaugural season under the leadership of the late, great Shane Warne in 2008.
Gujarat Titans have been the team to beat throughout much of the IPL season. Hardik Pandya, in his maiden IPL outing as captain, has rallied his boys and they have been able to dig deep and get over the line in several crucial matches. As a result, they unsurprisingly finished on top of the table and were the only team to collect 20 points this season. GT ended the league phase with 10 wins and four losses from their 14 games.
Gujarat Titans will also be comfortable knowing that they will be up against the side that they defeated in the first qualifier to get to the final in the first place. Despite Jos Buttler’s heroic knock, the target didn’t prove to be good enough on a surface as great for batting as the Eden Gardens.
David Miller stormed his way into the headlines and smacked three sixes in the final over off Prasidh Krishna to book GT’s tickets for the final of IPL 2022 where they will enjoy considerable home support in Ahmedabad.
Rajasthan Royals will be hoping that they have learnt their lessons following that seven-wicket defeat to Gujarat Titans in the first qualifier. Despite losing the contest, they got an extra bite of the cherry and made full use of it courtesy of their second-place finish in the league stage. RR won nine of their 14 matches and finished with 18 points. They edged Lucknow Super Giants to the second spot courtesy of their better net run rate of +0.298.
Jos Buttler, who has been the man for all occasions, for Rajasthan Royals this season cemented his status as the most in-form player in the league, and arguably the world with yet another century, this time in the second qualifier against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He took the opposition bowlers to the sword and not only did he remain unbeaten on 106 off 60 deliveries, he also hit the winning runs of the match to send RR through to the final.
Gujarat Titans will also have recent history on their side as they face Rajasthan Royals in the final. GT have already gotten the better of RR on both the occasions these two sides have met in IPL 2022, including the most recent win in Qualifier 1.
Wins: Gujarat Titans 2, Rajasthan Royals 0
Last 5 matches: Gujarat Titans 2, Rajasthan Royals 0
Gujarat Titans will have the edge heading into this encounter. They have bested Rajasthan Royals twice already this season and are aware of the chinks in their armour. GT have also seen some top performances, especially by the bowling unit and the middle-order batters.
For Rajasthan Royals, plenty will depend on how the bowling trio of Ashwin, Chahal, and Boult are able to assert themselves. RR fans will also be hoping for yet another jaw-defying knock from Jos Buttler in the final as they stand one step away from winning their second IPL title.
Gujarat Titans will depend on captain Hardik Pandya who has been a reliable and commanding figure. There have been suggestions that he has batted too cautiously and Pandya will be hoping to utilize chances better. Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, David Miller and Rahul Tewatia are also dependable. In Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal and Rashid Khan, GT have one of the best bowling units in the league.
For Rajasthan Royals all eyes will be on their batting unit comprising stars like Devdutt Padikkal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, and led by the great Jos Buttler. Shimon Hetmyer hasn’t been at his best since returning to the side but will be hoping for a better show in the final. Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult will also be players to watch out for.
Yuzvendra Chahal has easily been one of the best acquisitions in the IPL this season and he has been magical so far for RR. Chahal is tied at the top of the Purple Cap list with Wanindu Hasaranga having taken 26 wickets. He hasn’t been at his best during the playoffs and Rajasthan Royals fans will be expecting more from him.
Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, David Miller, Rashid Khan and Mohammed Shami are expected to be in contention to win the man of the match award. Meanwhile, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal and Trent Boult could be key for RR.
Hardik Pandya has been the leading run-scorer for Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022. He has amassed 453 runs at an average of 45.30 but has been guilty of taking too cautious an approach. His strike rate of 132.84 has been considerably lower than his IPL average strike rate of 148 and GT will expect fireworks off his bat in this important and decisive clash.
Jos Buttler is the top-scorer in the Indian Premier League and he has already slammed four centuries so far to join Virat Kohli as the only other batter to get four tons in a single season. He comfortably leads the Orange Cap standings with 824 runs from 16 games at an average of 58.86 and a strike rate of 151.47. Buttler has become the third batsman after David Warner and Virat Kohli to smash over 800 runs in a single season and with 123 fours and sixes, he now holds the record for the most boundaries in a single season of IPL.
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