Rajasthan Royals (RR) kept their nerves during the high-pressure situations and registered a 3-wicket victory over Gujarat Titans (GT). It was a game that was brimming with a lot of high-pressure and was a thriller of a game.
Shimron Hetmeyer bagged the player of the game after his match-winning knock of 56* runs in just 26 balls. For Gujarat Titans, Shubman Gill once again displayed bouts of consistency with the bat and scored a sublime knock of 45 runs in just 34 balls.
Sandeep Sharma bagged 2 wickets in this game and once again proved that his stocks will never go down in the Indian Premier League (IPL). For the Pink Army, Trent Boult, Adam Zampa and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 1 wicket each.
Riyan Parag once again failed with the bat and it is high time that the Rajasthan management take a call on his future in the playing XI. After being dropped in the previous game, the Assamese cricketer came back into the team.
In this article, we take a look at the 3 talking points of the GT vs RR game in IPL 2023 at Ahmedabad:
1. Shimron Hetmeyer’s match-defining knock
Shimron Hetmeyer’s power-packed knock was packed with several boundaries and sixes. This knocks essentially powered Rajasthan Royals to a victory. The West Indian hard-hitting and swashbuckling southpaw scored 56* runs in 26 balls.
He stayed till the very end and ensured that Rajasthan sealed off the game.
2. Abhinav Manohar performed well
Uncapped player Abhinav Manohar played a top-notch cameo and gave Gujarat a late flourish during their team. He scored 27 balls in 13 balls and had a blistering strike rate of 207.69.
He smashed 3 sixes in that knock of his and helped Gujarat post a total of 177 runs on the board.
3. Mohammad Shami delivers the goods with the ball
Ace Indian bowler Mohammad Shami had his crucial moments with the ball and bagged 3 wickets in the game. His spell gave Gujarat a fighting chance but at the end of the day, Sanju Samson and co.
maintained their calm and composure and took the IPL 2022 runners-up across the line.
Shami’s wickets included Jos Buttler, Dhruv Jurel and Ravichandran Ashwin.
It was revenge in its finest form. It was the same Gujarat Titans who had defeated the Pink Army in the IPL 2022 finals and denied them the opportunity to win the title for the 2nd time in the history of the IPL.
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