Gujarat Titans defeated Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur on Friday, May 5. Batting first, the hosts managed to post only 118 runs on the board in the first innings, and the defending champions chased it with ease as they won the game by nine wickets.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Rajasthan’s batting order collapsed under the relentless attack of the Gujarat bowlers. Jos Buttler’s slump in form continued, as the star batter was dismissed for eight runs in six deliveries. Furthermore, the in-form Yashasvi Jaiswal ran himself out for just 14 runs. Skipper Sanju Samson looked to be in good touch, but he too was sent back to the pavilion after having scored 30 runs.
Gujarat Titans put in a fabulous performance with the ball, Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad in particular. Rashid bowled four overs in the game, where he conceded just 14 runs and took three wickets. On the other hand, Noor Ahmad took two wickets and conceded 25 runs in three overs. Furthermore, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, and Joshua Little took one wicket each.
During the run chase, the batting lineup of Gujarat dominated Rajasthan. Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill laid a strong foundation for the opening stand. Gill amassed 36 runs in 35 deliveries before he was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal. After the first wicket, Saha and skipper Hardik Pandya propelled the side to an emphatic victory.
Best performers from the game
Rashid Khan: Ace Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was sensational for Gujarat in the first innings. Bowling four overs, Rashid took three wickets and conceded just 14 runs in the process. His spell was crucial for the visitors, limiting Rajasthan to a low total.
Hardik Pandya: Skipper Hardik Pandya put in an excellent performance for Gujarat as well. Taking one wicket in the first innings, Pandya followed it up with a quickfire knock of 39 runs in 15 balls to propel the side to a win.
What’s next for both teams?
Gujarat Titans will be taking on Lucknow Super Giants on Sunday, May 7. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals go up against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, May 7 as well.