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Killer “David” Miller’s Fabulous Hitting Takes GT into the Finals of IPL 2022

Gujarat Titans’ fantasy march into the IPL final, which will be played at their home venue in front of maybe 100,000 fans in Ahmedabad. David Miller’s was that player who wasn’t scooped up until the fag end of an arduous two-day IPL auction.

David Miller’s heroics help GT beat RR

Miller is having his finest IPL season since 2013, channeled the spirit of Carlos Brathwaite by going 6, 6, 6 in a magnificent last-over takedown of Prasidh Krishna as Titans made no fuss in finishing off the 16 runs they required off the final over. Titans never trailed in their 189-run chase with David Miller’s unbeaten 68 off 38 and his 106-run partnership with Hardik Pandya, who produced a calm unbeaten 40. When they had seven wickets in hand, they had just three balls to spare to get home.

Samson’s early assault

After losing Yashasvi Jaiswal early in the game, the Royals were able to rally behind Jos Buttler, who blasted three boundaries off Mohammed Shami in the first over. It was at this point that Samson emerged from his hiding place and launched himself for the ball as a man possessed. He smacked three fours and two sixes in his first ten deliveries by clearing his front leg and swinging through cleanly. In the sixth over, he scored his first non-boundary run. Because of the forecasted dew, he had decided that he would give his team an extra run or two in order to help them deal with it. During the Royals’ 55 for 1 in their first six overs, Samson smashed 30 off 13 balls.

Rashid applied the brakes

Samson took on the role of an aggressor, which slowed Buttler down at first. As a result of Rashid Khan’s arsenal of ripping googlies and legbreaks plus his favorable match-up against the Englishman (with four dismissals, a strike rate of 60), the Englishman was stranded. Rashid set the stage for R Sai Kishore’s dismissal of Samson, which severely damaged the Royals. Due to Rashid’s talent and the fact that the opposition only had six specialist hitters, they couldn’t afford to take any unnecessary risks.

Buttler’s late burst

“Buttler’s innings growth has Sanjay Manjrekar seeing shades of Dhoni.”

Buttler failed to strike a boundary from the conclusion of the third over until the beginning of the fifteenth. After then, they descended like a flood. In the 17th over, he pounded left-arm seamer Yash Dayal for 4 fours. When Buttler was on 43 and Hardik was at long-off, the second of those would have been a straight shot for Hardik had he not dropped. One more shot and his score were 50 from 42 balls. Only in the 19th over did he manage to get his first six, and it was a monster shot that smacked Shami way out to long-off. The final five overs produced 64 runs, with Buttler batting 52 of them.

The Titans got the party started right away

When Wriddhiman Saha nicked Trent Boult in the first over, the Titans lost their powerplay maverick for a duck, but they immediately recovered with Shubman Gill and Matthew Wade’s smart attack. When Gill faced R Ashwin in the final over of the powerplay, he set off a chain reaction. Titans end first six on 64 for 1, their highest powerplay total of the season as he hits six over extra cover and two boundaries off his flicks. Gill’s innings ended due to a blunder by Wade while he was attempting to maintain the strike. Wade, who had only turned to look at Gill for a split second, froze and left her behind. The Titans were already 85 for 3 when Wade was bowled two overs later, adding insult to injury.

Dramatic Final Overs, David Miller’s and Hardik seal the deal for Gujarat Titans to take the win home

While Ashwin struggled mightily in the final over, David Miller’s and Hardik both took calculated chances and came away with big wins. Chahal and Obed McCoy kept the Titans in check as they needed 50 runs in the final five minutes. The slower deliveries from McCoy and Chahal were particularly successful, as the tight 18th over from Chahal left the Titans requiring 23 runs off 12 balls. Hardik’s problems on a “sticky surface,” as described by Samson, were obscured by David Miller’s propensity to hit big boundaries.

In the last over, the Royals had a margin of 16 after McCoy’s tight 19th, which went for one four. That wasn’t David Miller’s only plan. He finished with a perfect score of 6,6,6, securing the Titans’ spot in the grand finale.

The Eliminator pits the Royal Challengers against the tenacious Super Giants

Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Josh Hazlewood are just some of the world’s best cricketers who know exactly what to do when given a second opportunity. Kohli, in particular, will be ecstatic, especially now that he has finally hit form, to have something tangible to play for.

Lucknow Super Giants have been able to get out of a lot of tight circumstances by fielding an all-around team, but they haven’t been able to get away from their reliance on their top order. KL Rahul (537 runs at 48.8), Quinton de Kock (502 runs at 38.6), and Deepak Hooda (406 runs at 31.2) have led a line-up that has scored only 789 runs at 17.2 runs per over. Many teams would have been knocked out of the playoffs with a glaring flaw like this, but the Super Giants are still in competition due to their superb bowling. They took 96 wickets at an average of 23.8 and a strike rate of 17.1 throughout the league stage of the competition. They’re the best in the business by every criterion.

Piyush Seth
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