Indian Premier League, 2022 |Match 29 |4/17/2022 Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
That concludes the proceedings for this exciting game and weekend. Saturday was not for the chasing teams but Sunday belonged to them. On Monday, Rajasthan will be facing Kolkata at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT). You can join us in advance for the build-up. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
David Miller is the Player of the Match! Says that he has been working very hard on his fitness. Adds that this knock takes him back down the memory lane as he had won Punjab a game from a similar situation against Bangalore in the past. Shares that he sticks to his strength of seeing the ball and hitting the ball. Mentions that he wanted to express himself from the word go and that paid off. States that batting in the Powerplay allowed him more time. Praises the batting of Rashid Khan by saying that the Afghan's knock took the pressure off him. Miller further goes on to say that Rashid's knock was the game-changer. He is delighted that his team has won quite a few close games this season.
Rashid Khan, the stand-in skipper of Gujarat, says that it's an amazing feeling and this win is special and memorable. Adds that they just wanted to take the game deep and knew they have the firepower to chase down the target. Tells that they were a batter short but he has been working on his batting and he wants to play the role of an all-rounder. States that he backed his skills, stayed still and got the result. Feels that in the 18th over, he backed himself with the short boundary on the leg side and luckily Jordan bowled where he wanted him to.
A quick word with Abhinav Manohar. He says Miller played a blinder and he is pleased with the win. Mentions it was a great team effort and they did really well. Adds that Rashid handled the pressure well and was good with both bat and ball. Shares that he is enjoying his time and he is grateful for the opportunities he is getting
Ravindra Jadeja, the captain of Chennai, says when they were batting the wicket was gripping and they felt it was a good score but they did not execute their plans in the last 5 overs. Mentions Jordan is an experienced guy and that is why they went with him but he went for too many.
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Chennai will be shell-shocked. They did most of the things right in the field but in the end overs, they lost the plot. Something similar happened with their batting innings also. After being in a good position for a big score, they slipped in the last 6 overs and managed just 45 runs. All these factors also played a role. Still, Chennai should have won this game after a great start with the ball but they fell at the wrong end of David Miller.
David Miller was the lone warrior in this chase but one cannot undermine the contribution of Rashid Khan. The Afghan went bonkers in the 18th over, targeted Chris Jordan and Gujarat amassed 25 runs off it to bring the chase alive. The equation narrowed down after that and despite Rashid getting out, Miller was there to finish the job. In hindsight, that moment in the 17th over when Shivam Dube lost the ball in the lights and Miller survived proved to be the difference in a way. Those little moments always hurt you in this format.
Phew! What a turnaround! What a chase! Take a bow, Miller! Take a bow, Rashid Khan! This game was long gone from their grasp after early blows. The departure of Rahul Tewatia further pushed them on the back foot. But, David Miller refused to surrender. The South African rose to the occasion and justified his tag of 'Killer Miller'. 94 not out off 51 balls, 8 fours and 6 sixes and his knock has stolen this game right under Chennai's nose.
Chris Jordan to David Miller, NOT OUT! Lockie Ferguson is in! He is in! Gujarat have pulled a rabbit out of the hat! What a win, what a win that is. This is a full toss on off, Miller mistimes it down towards long off. Bravo runs to his left, picks the ball up and fires it to the bowler. Jordan takes it ahead of the stumps, to his right and then whips the bails off. Ferguson puts in the dive but nobody is sure if he is in or not. It is taken upstairs and the replays show that Ferguson is in. GUJARAT WIN BY 3 WICKETS!
Is Lockie Ferguson short of the crease? All happening out there. The appeal for a run out is taken upstairs. Lockie is safe, his big dive has saved him. That's that.
Chris Jordan to David Miller, FOUR! Just two needed now in two balls! Miller finds the gap. This is full, right in the slot again. Jordan misses his length. This is whipped through square leg and it races away to the fence.
Chris Jordan to David Miller, NO BALL IT IS! It is a bonus run and a Free Hit too! Just one big hit away now! A high full toss around off, Miller swings, it goes off the outside edge and is taken at short third man. Chennai are celebrating but it is taken upstairs to check. Replays show that it's above the waist and has not dipped enough.
Is that out? Miller has edged a high full toss and is caught at short third man. The umpires get together and send the decision upstairs. It's a no ball for height. Free Hit loading now! 6 needed off 3 balls.
Another meeting. This time Moeen and Bravo are discussing the plans with the bowler. Jordan is sweating. He is feeling the heat.
Chris Jordan to David Miller, SIX! That is the reason why he did not take the run, that is right in the slot, poor bowling from Jordan. This is full and on the pads, Miller loves it there, he flicks it well over the backward square leg fence. 7 needed in 3. Another hit like that will do it. Jordan is the one under pressure. He has already gone for 50 in the 21 balls bowled by him.
Chris Jordan to David Miller, Two dots in a row! Really good stuff from Jordan! The length is perfect, really full and on middle, this is jammed down to long on and Miller does not run.
Chris Jordan to David Miller, A dot to begin! This is full and on the pads, Miller misses out. He looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Dhoni does brilliantly to dive to his right and stop it.
END OF OVER 19 | 10 Runs & 2 Wkt | Gujarat Titans 157/7
Who will bowl the final over? There is a confab going on with MS Dhoni calling the shots. 13 needed off 6 balls. Lockie Ferguson has walked in and is at the non-striker's end. Chris Jordan to bowl. Here we go...
Dwayne Bravo to Alzarri Joseph, OUT! Alzarri Joseph holes out! Doesn't matter much as David Miller will be on strike for the final over. This was a free hit for Joseph in a way, he tries his best but fails to clear the fence. Fuller and on off, Alzarri Joseph goes hard and lofts it towards long off. Chris Jordan speeds forward and takes a fine catch.
Alzarri Joseph to bat.
Dwayne Bravo to Rashid Khan, OUT! CAUGHT! Rashid is gone and it's a sigh of relief for Chennai. Change in pace, slower one and on a length around off, Rashid runs down the track for a big shot but skies it in the air off the bottom part of his bat. Moeen moves across to his left from mid on and takes the catch at mid off. End of a scintillating cameo from the Gujarat skipper. 13 needed off 7 balls.
Dwayne Bravo to Rashid Khan, Slower one, full and dipping in around leg, Rashid whips it to deep mid-wicket and picks up a couple. 13 needed off 8 balls.
Dwayne Bravo to David Miller, Fuller in length and wide outside off, Miller drives it to deep cover for one.