IPL 2022 Final, GT vs RR: Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson hunt for maiden title as captain in Ahmedabad

Gujarat Titans have had a picture-perfect campaign in their inaugural season where every single one of their players has clicked. Will they put on another strong performance to win the title?

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IPL 2022 Final, GT vs RR: Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson hunt for maiden title as captain in Ahmedabad- BPN TODAY

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gujarat Titans will be playing their first final in IPL
  • Rajasthan Royals will be playing their second IPL final
  • Narendra Modi Stadium will be hosting the IPL final

Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans will be up against Rajasthan Royals in the final of the Indian Premier League on Sunday, May 29. Gujarat have had a picture-perfect tournament, topping the group stage and then winning a thriller against Rajasthan in Qualifier 1 of the IPL.

Not only has the team clicked as a unit in their very first season, they have found match-winners throughout their line-up, who have come clutch in at least one of their games.

On the other hand, Rajasthan will be backing on their English powerhouse Jos Buttler, who has been head and shoulders above the rest and they will hope that the right-hander can once again give a special performance in the final game of the competition.

What to look forward to?

Gujarat Titans

There is an impending feeling that Gujarat Titans are due one bad game this season. In terms of strategy, Gujarat have had everything covered. After putting up dominating performances during chasing the target, and then Hardik Pandya made sure that they acclimatised themselves with batting first.

One can only hope that Gujarat put another big performance in front of their home fans and it will be a moment for the ages in the Narendra Modi Stadium if they lift the trophy.

If one were to describe Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022 in one word it would be adaptable. They have lost the most number of tosses this season and have done incredibly well to put on the type of performances that they have.

Rajasthan will hope that Jos Buttler, Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal put up strong performances for them to win the trophy this season.

Key Players

Jos Buttler (RR): Jos Buttler has raked up an incredible amount of runs in the playoffs stages. And how? One game where he was struggling and another where he batted like a madman. Either way, he managed to score 89 and 106* in his last two innings and can potentially go on to score a 900-run season in IPL 2022

Yuzvendra Chahal (RR): The India leggie needs just one wicket to get the purple cap and he has to come clutch against the likes of Pandya and David Miller for RR to have a chance.

David Miller (GT): 449 runs at an average of 64 is astonishing for a middle order batsman. Miller has won games single-handedly this season and can turn out to be the difference between the two teams once again.

Rashid Khan (GT): Rashid Khan was breathtaking in the Qualifier 1 against Rajasthan. If he manages to keep Buttler down, Gujarat will ease past RR in the finals.

Playoffs Form Guide

Gujarat Titans

Won against Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets and three balls remaining

Rajasthan Royals

Lost to Gujarat Titans by three wickets

Won against Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets and 11 balls remaining

Probable Playing XIs

Gujarat Titans

Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, R Sai Kishore, Yash Dayal, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami

Rajasthan Royals

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravi Ashwin, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna

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