Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya could not do anything wrong tonight as he ran Sanju Samson out with a brilliant throw. The Baroda-born all-rounder was at his absolute best as the younger Pandya brother played a wonderful unbeaten knock of 87 runs of 52 deliveries.
Pandya also picked up a wicket with the ball, inflicted a brilliant run-out, and also completed a catch in the field to cap off a brilliant night at work.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Sanju Samson invited Gujarat Titans to bat first after winning the toss. It turned out to be a correct decision as the Royals consumed two wickets inside the first three overs. Shubman Gill tried to build a partnership with his skipper, but soon he was also dismissed for a score of 13.
However, the youngster Abhinav Manohar stuck around his captain, and the duo shared an 86-run partnership for the 4th wicket. In the death, David Miller blasted his way to an unbeaten 31 runs off 14 deliveries to push the Titans’ score to 192/4 in 20 overs.
Hardik Pandya’s rocket throw broke the stumps
Chasing the target, Rajasthan Royals got off to a flyer courtesy of a whirlwind knock from Jos Buttler. However, the inaugural IPL season champions were in a spot of bother once Buttler was dismissed.
The onus fell upon the shoulders of their skipper Sanju Samson to bail the side out of trouble. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya has different plans in his mind. In the 8th over of the chase, Sanju Samson knocked a Lockie Ferguson’s delivery to mid-off and set off for a suicidal single.
Hardik Pandya was alert in the field as he swooped the ball and hit the bullseye at the bowler’s end to catch his counterpart well short of his ground. In the process, he also broke the middle stump in half.
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Everything went downhill for Rajasthan Royals from there as they kept on losing wickets at the regular interval. In the end, the Pink Army fell short of the target by 37 runs.