Gujarat Titans beat Rajasthan Royals in the qualifier 1 and reserve their place in the IPL 2022 final. Credits to David Miller’s swashbuckling knock that guided GT to a win in the final over of the game. Post-match, Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya praised David Miller for pulling off an exceptional knock under pressure.
RR posted a mammoth total of 188 runs for a loss of 6 wickets. Jos Buttler clicked a quickfire knock of 89 runs off 59 balls with the help of 12 boundaries and two sixes. Sanju Samson also contributed well 47 runs off 26 balls.
David Miller is the most important player of Gujarat Titans, says Hardik Pandya
Coming to chase, GT didn’t get to a good start as Saha got out scoring a duck. However, Shubman Gill and Matthew Wade stitched a decent partnership of 72 runs. Later on, Hardik Pandya and David Miller managed a partnership of 106 runs in a thrilling game and guided their side to a thumping victory.
GT skipper Hardik Pandya played the role of an anchor and Miller was batting in a destructive fashion. In the end, the equation came down to 17 runs off 6 balls with Prasidh Krishna bowling the final over.
David Miller was on the strike and he slammed the Indian pacer for three consecutive sixes in order to make his side qualify for IPL 2022 final. There is no doubt that this season is turning out to be good for the Proteas batsman. So far, he has slammed 288 runs with the bat while chasing for Gujarat Titans.
Post-match, Hardik Pandya praised David Miller’s presence in GT’s batting line-up. He said that while batting he discussed with David Miller to play till the end and finish the game. Pandya also mentioned that he is most proud of the southpaw, who has been a very important player for the team ahead of Afghanistan’s leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
“It is all about that we respect this game. That’s the conversation I had with Miller. Rashid has been fantastic throughout, but I am more proud of David. I told him ‘let’s respect this game.’ We goofed up against Mumbai Indians and wanted to respect the game here, even if we lose. But wanted both of us to finish,” he said.
“As a cricketer, I have always been the kind of player who will play wherever team wants me to bat. I have not found success batting in my choice, I have found success in playing where the teams need me. We have a batting order where we need players to chip in. 20 runs can also be match-winning runs. We appreciate those 10-15 runs,” he added.
“When we started the tournament, obviously I wanted to win. It is a dream. The four times I have reached an IPL final, I have won the tournament. I was just telling the boys,” he concluded.