Rajasthan Royals lose openers with four runs on the board

David Miller and Shubman Gill enabled Gujarat Titans to 177-7 in 20 overs. Gill’s 45 off 34 provided a stable start, while Miller’s 46 off 30 delivered the finishing kick. Abhinav Manohar also chipped in with a quickfire 27. However, Marvelous knocks from Shimron Hetmyer (56 off 26) and skipper Sanju Samson (60 off 32) orchestrated Rajasthan Royals’ three-wicket win at the Narendra Modi Stadium after the franchise lost their openers early.

A funny incident took place in Trent Boult’s opening over as Gujarat Titans opener Wriddhiman Saha was dismissed in ludicrous fashion. The left-arm quick elicited a top edge from the Indian stumper, but Rajasthan Royals committed harakiri as three fielders converged beneath the high ball.

Dhruv Jurel came in charging from backward point, Sanju Samson being the man with the gloves was quick to react and Shimron Hetmyer rushed towards the ball from mid-wicket, despite the keeper’s call, which was perhaps inaudible to him. A collision was bound to occur, causing Samson to fluff the chance. Fortunately, Boult, who had been observing the ruckus from close quarters, latched onto the rebound.