Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the IPL 2022 match between Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Thursday.
A very convincing win for the Titans in the end. Hardik Pandya led from the front in all three departments. His unbeaten 87 off 52 balls powered GT to a fighting total. He then caused damage with the ball, picking 1 for 18 in 2.3 overs before walking off with what seemed like an inner thigh injury. GT would hope it is nothing serious. Tough luck to RR. The chase got off to a flying start courtesy Buttler but once he was dismissed, the game slipped out of RR's hands. That would be all from our side. Thanks.
- END OF MATCH -
Yash Dayal to bowl the final over. Chahal takes a couple next ball before being caught off the third! Dayal gets his third. Last man in, Kuldeep Sen. Player review for caught behind against Kuldeep, off the last ball. Given Not out. No bat involved. Kuldeep remains unbeaten. End of the contest. GT win by 37 runs and go top of the table.
RR 153/8 in 19 overs: Ferguson to bowl the 19th. Hardik seems to have an inner thigh injury. Four from the over. Need 40 off 6 balls. Ferguson: 4-0-23-3.
RR 149/8 in 18 overs: Hardik to bowl the 18th. Neesham collects a couple off the first ball. GONE! Neesham has holed out and Hardik has a wicket! What a night this has been for the GT skipper. Chahal is in next. Off the mark with a single. Hardik is walking off. Not sure why. Vijay Shankar to finish the over. 4 runs and a wicket.
RR 145/7 in 17 overs: Rashid Khan to Neesham, no run. Neesham gets a single next ball. Prasidh Krishna is the new man in. Meanwhile, Neesham has swung the fifth ball away for four. Single to finish. Rashid: 4-0-24-0.
RR 138/7 in 16 overs: SIX! Parag whips a full ball for six. Ferguson greeted with a maximum. GONE! Parag perishes off the final ball. Ferguson picks up his third. 8 runs and a wicket. 55 needed off 24 balls.
RR 130/6 in 15 overs: Shami to bowl out. Eight off his last over. Shami today - 4-0-39-1. Hardik is out of the field.
RR 122/6 in 14 overs: Here's Neesham. He will be on strike against Rashid. Excellent from Rashid, just five singles off it in the end.
RR 117/6 in 13 overs: Mohammed Shami replaces Dayal. Hetmyer hits a six and a four, tough chance for Hardik, goes down. Hetmyer collects a couple off the fourth ball. GONE! Shami gets his man as Hetmyer holes out at long-on. He goes for 29. 15 runs and a wicket. Need 76 from 42 balls.
RR 103/5 in 12 overs: Hardik to continue. Hetmyer brings up the team 100 with a pull shot for four. 8 off the over including a wide.
RR 94/5 in 11 overs: Yash Dayal is back for his third. Referral for a run out off the second ball, at the non-striker's end. Another direct hit by Hardik. But Hetmyer is in. OUT! Dayal strikes; van der Dussen has been caught behind. Here's Riyan Parag. Parag is off the mark with a four. 5 runs and a wicket,
RR 89/4 in 10 overs: Hardik Pandya with the ball now. 7 off his first over. Tidy start from Hardik.
RR 82/4 in 9 overs: Rashid Khan is back into the attack. Slip in place. Rashid Khan to Hetmyer, dot balls. Rashid Khan to Hetmyer, 3 runs. Just three off the next four. 6 off the over. Need 111 off 66 balls.
RR 76/4 in 8 overs: Ferguson to Samson, two dot balls. GONE! Samson is run out courtesy a direct hit by Hardik Pandya at the non-striker's end. RR reeling now. Shimron Hetmyer joins Rassie van der Dussen. Ferguson to van der Dussen, no run. Ferguson to van der Dussen, 1 run. Hetmyer off the mark with a single.
RR 74/3 in 7 overs: Rassie van der Dussen comes to the crease. Tewatia comes into the attack. Tewatia to Samson, 1 run. Tewatia to vd Dussen, 1 run. SIX! Samson goes big over deep midwicket. Nine off the over.
RR 65/3 in 6 overs: OUT! Ashwin is caught first ball. Lockie Ferguson strikes straightaway. Unbelievable catch by Miller. Captain Sanju Samson walks out now. Samson's off the mark with a couple. Buttler reaches his 50 with a six, off just 23 balls. He is clean bowled next ball! Yorked out. Nine runs and 2 wickets. Need 128 from 84 balls.
RR 56/1 in 5 overs: Rashid Khan replaces Shami. Hardik is back on the field. Ashwin on strike with a slip in place. He launches the second ball over long-on for six. There is a huge lbw appeal against Buttler. Not given. GT review. Wickets, umpire's call. GT don't lose the review but Buttler survives.
RR 49/1 in 4 overs: Dayal into his second. Buttler goes on the back foot and punches through covers for four. Buttler gets one over the 30-yard circle and collects four more off the third ball. He goes two better next ball as he slaps the next one over deep mid-wicket for six. Buttler's on a rampage. He ends the over with another four. 18 off the over.
RR 31/1 in 3 overs: R. Ashwin in at 3. Whoa. Shami to Buttler, no run. Buttler pulls the next ball for a single. Just three off it in the end.
RR 28/1 in 2 overs: Buttler dealing in fours. Yash Dayal bowls a friendly length ball on leg stump and it's tucked away for four. Dot ball. Four more as he stands tall and punches it through covers. Dayal under the pump now. Buttler ramps up the pressure by ramping the fourth ball over fine leg for six. Single next ball. OUT! Dayal has his first wicket as Padikkal is caught at slip. 165 needed off 108 balls.
RR 13/0 in 1 over: RR chasing for the first time this IPL. Devdutt Padikkal to open with Jos Buttler. Buttler on strike. Shami with the ball. Huge appeal for caught behind off the first ball. Not given. GT review. No spike on UltraEdge as ball passes bat. Buttler survives, GT lose a review. Buttler opens his account with a sumptuous cover drive for four. He follows it up with a wristy flick to deep square for four more. A hat-trick of fours as Buttler clips through midwicket and gets the Orange Cap back. Hardik Pandya isn't on the field. Rashid Khan is leading in his absence. 1 to finish.
- START OF CHASE -
Hardik on strike. Prasidh starts with a wide. Prasidh to Hardik, six over point for six. Single next ball. He is the highest run-getter this IPL now. Dot ball, swing and a miss for Miller. Single off the penultimate ball. Hardik manages to get the last ball away for four. Hardik finishes on 87 off 52 balls. GT finish on 192/4. Miller unbeaten on 14-ball 31. RR need 193 to win.
GT 179/4 in 19 overs: Kuldeep to Hardik, single off the first ball. Miller puts the second ball away for four. Miller launches the next ball over long-on for six. Miller collects a couple next ball. Miller finding his rhythm here as he clobbers the fifth ball for four more. He ends with another four. 21 from the over. Miller on 30 off 12 balls.
GT 158/4 in 18 overs: FOUR! Hardik continues to pile misery on the RR attack, greets Prasidh with a scorching drive for four. Single off the next ball. Prasidh to Miller, two dot balls. Prasidh goes short and Miller swivels a pull for four. Another straight four to end the over. 13 off the over.
GT 145/4 in 17 overs: Ashwin to bowl the 17th. Starts with a dot to Hardik. Wide off the next ball. Hardik collects couple now. Single to Hardik off the fourth ball. Miller runs two off the last ball. Just six from the over.
GT 139/4 in 16 overs: Chahal to bowl out. SIX! Manohar getting stuck into Chahal, clobbers one over deep midwicket for six. GONE! Manohar has been caught for a 28-ball 43. Miller keeps out the last ball.
GT 130/3 in 15 overs: Ashwin returns with the ball. A couple for Hardik with a hard slash outside off to long off. SIX! Too full and Pandya hoicks it over deep mid wicket. The fielder in the deep leaped into the air, grabbed it for a brief moment, before losing balance and letting it go over the rope. SIX! Shorter and Pandya goes deep and pulls this over deep square leg for a more convincing maximum. Length ball and Pandya pulls again to deep mid wicket for just one. Manohar flicks to long on to end the over with a single.
GT 114/3 in 14 overs: Kuldeep Sen is back into the attack. Hardik on strike. He will look to up the ante. Hardik slams the first ball for four, brings up the 50 stand with Manohar. Hardik gets to his 50 with a four, off 33 balls. Manohar smashes the last ball for four. 13 off the six balls.
GT 101/3 in 13 overs: Chahal is back into the attack. Manohar steps out, gets to the pitch of the ball and launches it down the ground for four. Next ball, Manohar lifts one over deep extra for six. Four singles to end the over. 14 off it.
GT 87/3 in 12 overs: Neesham replaces Chahal. FOUR! Hardik pulls one towards long-on for four. Good save by Buttler but his back leg was in contact with the rope as he was releasing the ball. Nine off the over.
GT 78/3 in 11 overs: Ashwin to Hardik, single first ball. Stumping appeal against Manohar. Some part of Manohar's foot is behind the crease. He survives. Ashwin to Manohar, dot. Ashwin to Manohar, pulls it to backward square for four before pinching a single next ball. Dot to end.
GT 72/3 in 10 overs: Chahal replaces Neesham. Chahal to Hardik, single. Chahal to Manohar, 1 run. Chahal to Hardik, dot and a single. Couple of singles to finish. Just 5 from the over.
GT 67/3 in 9 overs: Ashwin replaces Parag. Ashwin to Hardik, 1 run. Ashwin to Manohar, 1 run. Ashwin to Hardik, 2 runs. Ashwin to Hardik, 1 run. 2 dots to finish.
GT 62/3 in 8 overs: Neesham into the attack. Four off the first five balls followed by a boundary to third man for Manohar off the last ball.
GT 54/3 in 7 overs: Abhinav Manohar comes to the crease. Gets off the mark with a single.
Here's Riyan Parag. Hardik Pandya clobbers the first ball over long-on for six. Gill wants in on the fun as he pulls one to deep square for four. GONE! Gill has holed out.
GT 42/2 in 6 overs: Prasidh Krishna to bowl the last over of the PowerPlay. Prasidh bowls a waist-high delivery; called no-ball. Free hit. Gill on strike. Gill smashes the extra ball for four. 8 off the over.
GT 34/2 in 5 overs: Kuldeep to continue. FOUR! Hardik plays a horizonal batted shot down the ground for four. Kuldeep gives him width next ball and Hardik cuts to the sweeper cover fence. A hat-trick of fours as an outside edge off Hardik's bat races away to the third-man fence. He was looking to go over mid-off. Dot and a single to finish.
GT 20/2 in 4 overs: First sight of spin. Yuzi Chahal to bowl the fourth. Slip in place. Great start from Yuzi, just four singles off it.
GT 16/2 in 3 overs: Kuldeep Sen to get a crack inside first six. Good, pacy start from Kuldeep, who bowled an excellent last over against Lucknow in the last match. OUT! Vijay Shankar, who replaced Sai Sudharsan, has been caught behind for 2. Hardik Pandya comes to the crease, off the mark with a single off the last ball.
GT 13/1 in 2 overs: Prasidh Krishna with the new ball. OUT! Wade is run out. Gill tries to steal a single but van der Dussen is quick to swoop in from cover and take down the stumps at the non-striker's end, catching Wade short. Vijay Shankat at 3. Dot to finish. 1 run and a wicket.
GT 12/0 in 1 over: Shubman Gill and Matthew Wade to open the batting. Neesham to take the new ball. Wade on strike. One slip in place. Neesham offers a leg stump full toss and Wade has clipped that away for four. Wade drives the fourth ball through covers for four. Wade makes it three in the over with a rasping cut square of the wicket for four.
TOSS UPDATE: RAJASTHAN HAS WON THE TOSS AND ELECTED TO FIELD FIRST.
Rajasthan Royals (Playing 11): Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Rassie van der Dussen, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Gujarat Titans (Playing 11): Matthew Wade(w), Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal
With six points each from four games, leaders Rajasthan Royals will take on Gujarat Titans in a battle of evenly matched teams at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on Thursday.
While the Royals will come into the match after a good win against Lucknow Super Giants, the Titans suffered their first defeat in the last encounter with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In the past few years, the middle-order has been a perennial problem for the Royals, and it is an area that the team has worked to get right this year.
The solution has been Shimron Hetmyer, and the West Indian batter has been prolific in all four games with valuable knocks at a handsome strike rate.
Combined with Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson at the top-order, the team’s batting has looked assured, while Yuzvendra Chahal has been the standout bowler in the tournament thus far. He has been well-supported by Ravichandran Ashwin and pacers Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna, who have been effective.
The Royals cannot be over-reliant on a few batters, and the team will hope Riyan Parag repays the faith after being retained.
The Titans' batting approach was conservative against the Sunrisers, and they would expect skipper Hardik Pandya to bat more aggressively. The form of overseas players Matthew Wade and David Miller is a concern, and it will be interesting if they get replaced by fresh faces.
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