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Right then, that is all we have from this cracker of a game. Just the start we needed to the playoff stage and it is time to move ahead for the knockout game now. Yes, Eliminator is coming your way on Wednesday, May 25 from Eden Gardens and the two teams locking horns will be Lucknow and Bangalore. Let’s hope for another thriller and that game will start at 7.30 pm IST ( 2 pm GMT). Our coverage, as you know, will start well in advance. So do join us for the same. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
David Miller is the Player of the Match for his incredible 68* off just 38 balls. Regarding what has changed for him this season, the South African replies that he has got opportunities and a good role in the team, and that’s the reason for his success. He is enjoying his role and is understanding his game a little better. Further says that he wants to keep everything closer to his game plan. Tells that he just backed himself and went for the big shots. Adds that he has played for different teams and knew a few players already in Gujarat. Shares that the first win that they had was close, and that brought them together. On his plans for the final over, Miller says that you need to control what you can and cannot think too much ahead. Further says that if it’s in your area, you have to capitalize as it’s all about taking all your opportunities.
Hardik Pandya, the victorious captain of Gujarat, says that he has started to balance things in his life. Adds that it’s been difficult for him to manage his body, the bubble life, and his family has played a big role in making him a better cricketer. Tells that he is trying to be neutral at this moment and is really proud of all the boys. Shares that if you have good people around you, you tend to get good things. Further says that all the boys are backing each other, and that’s the reason they have reached this stage. Mentions that it’s all about respecting the game, he is proud of Miller and during the chase, they wanted to finish the game and not leave it for the others. Regarding batting at number 4, Hardik replies that it all depends on what his team wants from him. Tells that they appreciate all the knocks, no matter how small or big, and signs off by saying that winning the trophy is a dream.
Time for the Presentation…
Shubman Gill (35 off 21 balls) comes up for a chat. The Gujarat opener says that Kolkata has always been nice to him and fortunately, he has ended on the winning side. Adds that batting at Eden Gardens is an opportunity you look forward to. Tells that they got off to a great start in the Powerplay. Shares that they expected the pitch to be a belter but it surprised them. Informs that the spinners were getting a little bit of grip. Further says that it’s exciting, the team is new but the way they have come together is amazing. Regarding any pressure on him after Gujarat picked him in the draft, Gill replies that there wasn’t any added pressure on him as they retained him on his past performance.
Sanju Samson, the captain of Rajasthan, says that they felt really good after putting in that kind of a total, as the wicket was sticky. Feels that they batted really well. Adds that it was a bit two-paced and the bounce was also uneven. Calls it a tough wicket to bat on, and feels that it was a great performance from their batters. Mentions that their 5-bowler strategy has worked so far and opines that the wicket got a bit easier in the second innings. Wants his team to come back stronger. Tells that they played well in this match as well but a few overs didn’t go their way. Hopes for a good result in the next game.
Time for some interviews!
Earlier in the game, Rajasthan managed to put a big score courtesy of a fantastic knock by Buttler. The Rajasthan skipper, Samson was the one who provided the momentum and overall, Rajasthan had an upper hand going into the innings break. For Gujarat, apart from Rashid Khan, all the bowlers were expensive but the Rajasthan bowlers too could not keep the scoring rate under check and in the end, Gujarat inched ahead by winning those crucial moments in a tight game.
This was yet another one of those classic Gujarat chases that we have been so used to seeing this season. The target was a big one and the stakes were high but they have nailed some fantastic chases this season and this is another one of those. They lost Saha in the first over but Gill and Wade kept the momentum on their side as they found boundaries at regular intervals in the Powerplay. However, Gill got run out in the 8th over in an unfortunate manner and Wade followed soon. The best thing about this chase was the required rate never got out of the hands as Miller and Pandya planned it superbly. The second-last over though brought the equation to 16 off 6 but Miller, as cool as ever, finished the chase with three towering sixes.
Gujarat are heading to their capital – AHMEDABAD, for the FINAL OF THE INDIAN T20 LEAGUE, 2022. What a season this has been for them. What a fairytale this has been, not many people gave them the chance at the start of the season but their performance has proved once again that this is a team game and if you click as a unit it is very hard to stop you. Rajasthan, on the other hand, should keep their heads high. They were in the match right till the end and were probably the more fancied team going into the final over but it was just the ‘Killer Miller’ magic that took the game away from them. They have yet another chance to bounce back and they have played good cricket so far and would be looking to end on the right side of the result in Qualifier 2.
David Miller, you beauty! He has pulled off another heist for Gujarat! Wow! What a finish and what a game to start the playoffs. We have seen some tremendous chases this season and this one is right up there!
19.3 overs (6 Runs) SIX! David Miller, take a bow! GUJARAT ARE IN THE FINAL! Pandya hugs Miller, the other Gujarat players join them. What a moment! Hardik isn’t showing much emotion. Coming to the delivery – Prasidh Krishna changes his angle. He comes from round the wicket, delivers it full and around middle, David Miller swings his big blade and towers it over mid-wicket. Gujarat win by 7 wickets!
19.2 overs (6 Runs) SIX! Killer Miller doing it again for Gujarat! Slightly short in length, around middle, David Miller turns inside the crease and spanks it all the way over deep mid-wicket. 4 needed off 4 balls.
19.1 overs (6 Runs) SIX! This one has been pulverized! Prasidh Krishna puts it in the slot, around middle and fuller in length, Miller gives it the full whack of his blade and smokes it over wide long on. 10 needed off 5 balls.
Prasidh Krishna to bowl the last over! This is going down to the wire.
18.6 overs (0 Run) SWING AND A MISS! Outstanding from Obed McCoy. Clever change in pace, delivers it full and wide outside off, Pandya winds up for a big shot but misses. Brilliant stuff from the West Indian! Just 7 from the over. 16 needed off the last over.
18.5 overs (1 Run) FIFTY FOR MILLER! His 12th in the Indian T20 League. Short again, around off, Miller powers his pull shot to deep square leg for a run.
18.4 overs (0 Run) Slower one, short and around leg, Miller is early into the swing of his bat as he tries to pull. It takes his gloves and rolls behind to the keeper.
18.3 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! BOOM! Obed McCoy goes full and around middle, David Miller uses the depth of his crease and bludgeons it through extra cover for a cracking boundary.
18.2 overs (1 Run) Shortish and around leg, Hardik clears his front leg but is cramped for room. He forces it somehow in front of square on the leg side and collects a single. Two good balls from McCoy so far.
18.1 overs (1 Run) Back of a length, outside off, Miller eases it down to long off for a run.
17.6 overs (1 Run) Short in length and outside off, Miller punches it to deep cover for one. 11 from the over, Gujarat continue to keep things under control. 23 needed off 12 balls.
17.5 overs (6 Runs) SIX! THIS IS HUGE! Chahal tries to stay away from the batter’s hitting zone but Miller has used his reach to attack this one. Full and flighted, wide outside off, Miller gets across, fetches it from there and launches it into the top tier at wide long on. 24 needed off 13 balls.
17.4 overs (1 Run) Fires it flat and around leg, Pandya helps it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
17.3 overs (1 Run) Bowls it short and wide outside off, David moves across the stumps again and tries to punch it through the line. He mistimes his shot off the bottom part and the ball travels to long off. Only a run.
17.2 overs (1 Run) Flighted one, around middle, Hardik stays back and forces it down to long off for a single.
17.1 overs (1 Run) Flatter and shorter, wide outside off, Miller walks across the stumps and slaps it t deep cover for a run.
Yuzvendra Chahal is back to bowl his final over. This is crucial in the context of the game. Can Chahal deliver?
16.6 overs (1 Run) Aerial again but safe again! Short and on off, Miller pulls it in the air, without much timing but it falls in no man’s land at deep mid-wicket. Just a single. 9 from the over, 34 needed off the last three overs.
16.5 overs (1 Run) Short and on middle, Pandya turns and pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
16.4 overs (1 Run) JUST SHORT! Pace off from Obed McCoy as he delivers it short and wide outside off, Miller is early into the shot and plays it aerially towards extra cover. Yashasvi Jaiswal dives but it falls short of him. They cross.
16.3 overs (1 Run) Around leg, on a length, Hardik works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
16.2 overs (1 Run) A yorker on middle, Miller clears his front leg and whips it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
16.1 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Finds the gap! Slower delivery, full toss around off and dipping into the batter, Miller gets back to punch it through the line but it takes the outside edge and speeds away from the backward point fielder.
DRINKS! Gujarat have paced this chase perfectly so far! The required rate is well under their control and with finishers like Pandya and Miller in the middle and a couple more to follow, it is safe to say that Gujarat are the favourite at the moment. However, a couple of tidy overs and a wicket or two can change the momentum completely as we are down to the final four overs now, to determine our first finalist of the Indian T20 League, 2022. Obed McCoy is back on.
15.6 overs (1 Run) Short and on off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for one. Boult is done with his four overs. 43 needed off 24 balls.
15.5 overs (2 Runs) Shimron Hetmyer comes up with a great stop this time! Short in length and outside off, Miller punches it firmly to sweeper cover. Shimron Hetmyer moves across to his left, slides and stops the ball. Saves two.
15.4 overs (2 Runs) Well stopped by Parag! Fuller in length and around middle, David Miller whips it to wide long on. Riyan Parag scoots across to his left, dives and parries it towards the fielder running across to his right from deep mid-wicket. Saves two.
15.3 overs (0 Run) This one deviates after landing. A knuckle delivery, around off on a length, Miller doesn’t pick it, plays inside the line and gets beaten.
15.2 overs (1 Run) Aerial but safe. Slightly short and around leg, Pandya checks his flick shot and plays it aerially through mid-wicket. Takes a single.
15.1 overs (1 Run) Back of a length, around off, Miller pushes it through covers for a single.