Rajasthan Royals defeat Gujarat Titans by 3 Wickets to become table toppers


Rajasthan Royals defeated Gujarat Titans in a thrilling victory to exact revenge for their IPL 2022 final defeat. Sanju Samson kept RR in the race after getting off to a terrible start with a superb fifty. Hetmyer, however, scored a magnificent 50 to put the game away. Earlier, the Gujarat Titans were able to score 177 runs while batting first. The reigning champions finished impressively thanks to a late surge from David Miller and a mature 45-run knock by Shubman Gill.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals was won by Rajasthan Royals by three wickets on Sunday thanks to the spectacular runs of Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer. Gujarat Titans got the greatest start in the second innings while defending a target of 178 as their captain Hardik Pandya and bowler Mohammed Shami removed the deadly combination of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler when they were back in the pavilion with the scores of 1(7) and 0(5), respectively.

Sanju Samson and Devdutt Padikkal were sent in to save Rajasthan’s innings, which was in danger of collapsing. Rajasthan was 26/2 at the conclusion of the powerplay. Padikkal concentrated on the rotation of the strike while Sanju Samson began to speed from one side. Padikkal lost his wicket for a score of 26(25) in 8.3 overs, but Rashid Khan entered with his expertise to break the partnership. Riyan Parag stepped in to encourage Sanju, but Rashid Khan wasn’t willing to give Rajasthan a second opportunity. After returning to the pavilion, Parag received a 5/7.

The captain of Rajasthan continued to play as he pleased and made the GT bowlers follow his lead. Rajasthan entered the contest once more thanks to Shimron Hetmyer and Sanju Samson. Hardik Pandya, the captain of the GT, took a chance and added Noor Ahmad to the assault. Samson was eliminated by Noor when she broke through the partnership with a score of 60(32). Rajasthan was about to make a surprise comeback as Samson made his way back to the pavilion.

Hetmeyer made the most of the window of opportunity that presented itself to him. He went on the rampage and scored sixes as he pleased. As the game was about to conclude, Shami’s over emerged as its turning point. Despite giving up 16 runs in the final over, Shami managed to secure two significant dismissals for scores of 18 (10) and 10(3) respectively from Dhruv Jurel and Ravichandran Ashwin.

In the seventh over of the inning, Pandya battered Adam Zampa for 13 runs with the help of one four and a six. Both Pandya and Gill were aggressive members of the batting pair, frequently slamming boundaries. For their squad, the pair created a strong 50-run alliance. Gujarat was counting on the partnership of Gill and Pandya to score a commanding total, but Yuzvendra Chahal’s outstanding breakthrough allowed his team to take the lead.

Pandya, a skilled batsman, was struck out by Chahal for 28 in the eleventh over of the innings. After that, David Miller entered the game. When Rajasthan’s bowlers performed efficient periods that prevented the Titans from hitting boundaries, Gujarat hitters began to fall under a firm grip. Gill’s brilliant 45-run innings came to an end in the 16th over when Sandeep Sharma bowled him out. Abhinav Manohar, a right-handed batsman, came out to bat to team up with Miller. He smacked Boult for back-to-back two sixes in the game’s 18th over, pushing Gujarat’s total above 150 runs.

After scoring 27 runs, Manohar hit a six off a Zampa delivery before getting out. Miller hit two consecutive boundaries in the last over before giving a catch to Hetmyer off a Sandeep Sharma delivery. Sandeep’s last over was breathtaking to support.