Gujarat storm into finals courtesy David Miller's vintage finish

David Miller

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An on-song David Miller and captain Hardik Pandya propelled Gujarat Titans to the grand finale of the Indian Premier League 2022 in their debut season with a 7-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Pandya and Miller added 106 for the fourth wicket to help Gujarat boss the 189-run chase with 3 balls to spare. It was a result that many would have betted their money on at 1xbet cricket betting.

Miller engaged his beast mode to score an unbeaten 68 off 38 balls. The southpaw struck 5 sixes and 3 fours during his blinder of a knock that repaid the faith posed in him by the franchise. Pandya complemented him beautifully, working his way to an unbeaten 40 off 27 balls, an innings laced with 5 fours.

Chasing a tall target, Gujarat Titans lost their in-form opener Wriddhiman Saha on the second ball itself as Trent Boult elicited an edge to dismiss him for a duck. Mattew Wade then joined forces with Shubman Gill to help Gujarat recover from the early wobble. The duo shared a 72-run stand for the second wicket to bring the chase back on track. However, an episode of miscommunication between the two led to the well-set Gill's run-out on 35. Wade followed suit, holing out to Jos Buttler near the boundary line off an Obed McCoy delivery.

Pandya and Miller stabilized the chase post the double whammy. Gujarat needed 16 runs in the final over and Miller dealt three lusty blows off Prasidh Krishna to get the job done. The pacer was guilty of not bowling according to the plan and went the distance, as a result.

Earlier, making good use of his fortune, Buttler returned to form and smashed 89 runs to help Rajasthan post a challenging 188/6. It was an innings of two halves. While Buttler struggled to find any sort of rhythm early on, he exploded after reaching his fifty in the 17th over. The current Orange Cap holder had plenty of luck on his side as the sloppy Gujarat Titans reprieved him thrice.

Skipper Sanju Samson went berserk early on to hammer a 26-ball 47, an assault laced with five boundaries and three sixes. Save for Rashid Khan (0/15 in 4 overs) and Hardik Pandya (2/14 in 2 overs), all of Gijarat's bowlers leaked runs to return a 10-plus economy rate. The final of the IPL 2022 was played on May 29 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, and Gujarat Titans have booked a berth as one of the protagonists of the summit clash.