Gujarat Titans rode on an all-round show by skipper Hardik Pandya to beat the Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets and win the IPL 2022 title at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Sunday. 

Bowling first, Pandya picked three wickets for 17 runs in his four-over quota to help his side restrict RR to 130. He then scored 34 runs in 30 balls.GT lost two early wickets but eventually chased down the target of 131 with 11 balls to spare.

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Shubman Gill and David Miller remained unbeaten at 45 and 32, respectively, to take Gujarat over the line. 

The pace duo of Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna were brilliant in the powerplay, reducing Gujarat to 31 for two with Wriddhiman Saha (5) and Matthew Wade (8) back in the dugout.

In the first innings, Gujarat bowlers were able to maintain the pressure on the opposition though Jos Buttler (39 of 35) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (22 off 16) tried their best to break free.

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Along with Hardik Panydya, Rashid Khan 18/1 led their efforts. 

“It means a lot. After winning the under-19 World Cup, winning the IPL is just as big. It is my fourth year. I wanted to be there till the end and that was the talk with the coaches. Glad I took them over the line. Our bowlers bowled really well to restrict them to 130. We wanted to keep them under 150 but fortunately it was much lesser,” Shubman Gill said after the win. 

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 “It’s been a phenomenal journey, finishing it at the back end was a special feeling, but it has been a collective effort, everyone has stuck up their hand and performed well,” David Miller added. 

Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals: 130/9 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 39; Rashid Khan 1/18, Hardik Pandya 3/17).

Gujarat Titans: 133/3 in 18.1 overs (Hardik Pandya 34, Shubman Gill 45 not out).