Gujarat, on the other hand, are placed third after three wins in five matches. This was their second defeat of the season. Earlier, they lost against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by three wickets.
With seven needed off the last over, Simron Hetmyer (56* off 26) took a double on the first ball and then slammed a six over cow corner on the next delivery to win the game for Rajasthan. Earlier, in the match, Shubman Gill and David Miller scored 45 and 46 runs each to help the hosts post 177/7 in 20 overs.
Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2023 Match 22 Award Winners
GT vs RR Full List of Awards
Player Of The Match: Shimron Hetmyer (56* off 26 balls at a strike rate of 215.38)
TIAGO.ev Electric Striker Of The Match: Shimron Hetmyer
Herbalife Active Catch Of The Match: Yashasvi Jaiswal (Hardik Pandya’s catch)
Visit Saudi Beyond The Boundaries Longest 6: Shimron Hetmyer (106 metres)
RuPay On-The-Go 4s: Shubman Gill ( 4 fours)
UPSTOX Most Valuable Asset Of The Match: Sanju Samson
Dream11 Gamechanger Of The Match: Mohammed Shami
Note: All the prizes carried a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh
GT vs KKR: Who Said What
Hardik Pandya (GT captain): To be honest no (didn’t expect the loss after the powerplay), but that’s the beauty about this game. The game is never over till it’s over, another lesson for us. (Noor Ahmad) He’s someone who’s difficult to pick, got us the big breakthrough but the other bowlers didn’t execute. Body is good, everything is good. It’s a very long tournament. A lot of matches left, we still need to play a lot of group cricket even if we had won today. (On Gujarat’s score) I felt short. After I got out, they bowled a couple of good overs, but we should have gone a little harder and got to 200. We did cover it well but when I was watching from outside, I did feel that we were 10 runs maybe short.
Devdutt Padikkal (RR batter): It got a little tensed in the end, especially when the match went down to the wire, but we had the batter out there who could finish it off. We had to keep the scoreboard ticking, and we made sure to get that odd-boundary. It was moving around a but in the first few overs, but thankfully we got through those overs. It’s unbelievable how he (Hetmyer) does such things, such a great talent to have in our side.
Sanju Samson (RR captain): When you play quality opponents on a quality wicket, you get such games. Very happy to compete in such a game and come out on top. It was important to rotate our bowlers, they were playing some quality cricket and we had to respect that. The whole team came up well today and we could restrict them to around 170. The start we had, it shows how good a wicket this was. The new ball the quality of swing bowling was good and we had to respect that. But today Zampa coming was a way to match-up with the opponents. He was the match-up for Miller and almost got the wicket, but the catch was dropped. (On Hetmyer) He doesn’t like easy situations, we like putting him in such situations because he usually wins us in such situations.
Shimron Hetmyer (Player of the Match): I don’t have any words. Difficult to win against these guys, they beat us thrice last year but today was sort of a revenge. I practise these situations, it helps when you practise with that mindset of knowing we are few wickets down and chasing 100 with 8 overs to go. (On Noor Ahmad bowling the final over) I was actually pretty happy to be honest, he bowled well throughout so the first ball all I was thinking about was getting that double and taking it from there.
GT vs RR: Match Stats and Facts
Hardik Pandya became the sixth player in the IPL to achieve the double 2000 runs and 50 wickets
Shimron Hetmyer’s strike rate of 157.20 is the fifth best in the IPL (minimum 500 runs)
26/2 by Rajasthan Royals (RR) today is now the lowest Powerplay score in IPL 2023
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