The final week of the IPL saw Gujrat Titans getting through to the finals in the first attempt while Rajasthan Royals joins them after eliminating Royal Challengers Bangalore who dismissed Lucknow Super Giants. The final of the IPL 2022 saw an attendance of almost 1 lack 5 thousand people in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Let’s scan the top performances of the Final week of the IPL 2022:
Final, GT vs RR, Hardik Pandya all round show takes Titans to maiden tittle:
Rajasthan were at 59/1 in the eighth over when GT captain Hardik Pandya brought himself into the bowling attack and straightaway dismissed Sanju Samson on 37 off just 21 balls. He caged the ‘big fish’ Jos Buttler with a good length delivery what he wanted to cut and edged to the keeper. Hetmyer too got foxed with a slower delivery as Hardik ended with 3/17 in his four overs.
Coming into batting inside the powerplay of GT’s innings, HP did play a captain’s knock with a 30-ball 34 which was so critical regarding the dynamics and the atmosphere of the game. He was undone to a magical ball to Yuzvendra Chahal as Gujrat Titans won the finals by seven wickets.
Qualifier 1, GT vs RCB: Killer Miller Takes Titans to the Finals:
The first match of the playoffs was very crucial for both the teams, as the winning team would directly enter the arena of the finals. Rajasthan Royals did put on a good total. And, in reply Gujarat Titans were doing well. When David Miller came to the crease, more than 100 runs were required off 63 balls only. Miller started a bit slowly. But as his custom is, he soon accelerated his innings. He hit couple of sixes against Yuzvendra Chahal, one of which was 98-metre long. In the second last over he used his depth of the crease and hit an extremely good drive to a full delivery of McCoy. With this, he completed his half century sparing 35 balls only.
The job was not done yet. 16 runs were required off the last over. Prasidh Krishna came to ball. The first ball he bowled, was in slot and Miller smacked it over the wide long on. And the scoreboard showed 10 runs required off 5 balls. The next ball came a slightly short of length. But Miller didn’t want to draw a different result. He hit it over the deep mid-wicket for the same result. Now, Prasidh, under tremendous pressure, changed his angle. It didn’t help though, as Miller swung his blade of the bat and let the ball sail over the mid wicket region only to result in six. And the way to final was made for the Gujarat Titans, the underdogs of Tata IPL’ 22.
Eliminator, RR vs RCB: Rajat Patidar, the saviour for Bangalore:
When Royal Challengers Bangalore came to bat first in the eliminator match of IPL, they were not in a good position after losing the wicket of Faf, Virat and Maxwell cheaply. But there stood a man named Rajat Patidar. Patidar basically dominated the batting side for RCB. He played a wide range of shots and showcased a batting masterclass of the high quality. His intense spin hitting ability may be termed as the game changing moment for the team in Red and Black. In the middle overs spinners are sent to bottle the flow of run of the opposition, but with Patidar in the opposite side, the tactic failed miserably. He took on the pacers as well.
But he also got several chances. Three of his catches were dropped. And he capitalized the opportunity to the fullest. Along with Dinesh Karthik he put on a huge total. And he added a huge individual milestone to his name, as he scored a refulgent century. His ultimate score was 112*(54). He was in unreal form in that innings and was the main key factor, in spite of that star studded batting line up, behind the victory of RCB.
Eliminator, RR vs RCB: Hazlewood Changes the Course of the Eliminator:
After setting a huge run to chase, RCB players were of course a bit relieved. But Lucknow Super Giants batters did not let them relax a lot. They were scoring fast with a run rate above or close to 10. Josh Hazlewood took an important wicket of Manan Vohra, who was looking dangerous. Manan tried to pull a short length delivery but ended up being caught at the mid wicket. However, K L Rahul and Deepak Hooda played brilliantly to take LSG closer. But Hazlewood did the damage at last. In the 19th over Hazlewood took two consecutive wickets of KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya.
As Rahul tried to scoop a low full toss delivery, he was caught at short fine leg by Shahbaz Ahmed. The next delivery was again a full toss, Krunal Pandya tries to flick it but the leading edge took the ball to the bowler, Hazlewood. Though Hazlewood proved to be expensive in that spell, his three-wicket haul (4-0-43-3) ensured the victory of RCB.
Qualifier 2, RR vs RCB: Buttler Makes 4th Hundred to promote themselves to their second final:
In the second qualifier RCB failed to set a handsome total before Rajasthan Royals. And the approach of RR from the beginning was praiseworthy, the openers came and started hitting right away. The lean patch of Jos Buttler in the second half of the IPL seemed to fade away as he showcased a pure batting masterclass. He hit everybody, from pacers to spinners and easily raced towards his 4th IPL century this season.
By doing so he touched the glorious feat held by only Virat Kohli so far. There was a chance of getting Buttler out after his half century. But Dinesh Karthik failed to catch a sitter. And Buttler is not that guy who will spare you if you give him chance. Buttler took RR to the finals after 14 years with a huge six.
Qualifier 2, RR vs RCB: McCoy and Prasidh Become the Hero:
In the Qualifier 1 match, Obed McCoy and Prasidh Krishna became the villains as they conceded huge runs and led RR to lose the match. But scenarios change with time. In the second qualifier McCoy and Prasidh became the main base of RR bowling line-up. At the beginning, Prasidh trapped Kohli, the big fish. Then McCoy took the big wicket of Faf, who was playing slowly. They proved to cheap in economy. Obed then took the wicket of Lomror. And in the death overs they were spectacular.
OUT! Prasidh Krishna adds to Lucknow's woes with his first strike. Jason Holder goes for 8#LSG 14/3 in 3.3 overs – Target 166
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They restrained RCB from scoring a big total. Prasidh got inform Dinesh Karthik out cheaply, which changed the scenario. The next ball a bullet like yorker shook the balance of the stumps and Wanindu Hasaranga had no answer to it. McCoy then took the wicket of Harshal Patel. Both of Prasidh and McCoy took 3 wickets and conceded 22 and 23 runs respectively in four overs. The villains of the previous match turned into heroes that time.
Qualifier 1, GT vs RCB: Buttler’s steady innings ensures RR a Good total:
After that unreal streak in the first half of IPL, form of Buttler dipped down. In the first qualifier match initially Buttler was not in sound touch. He was playing slowly. He lacked that connection which made him the best batter of this IPL season. But Gujarat Titans literally gave Buttler plenty of opportunities so that he might find his form back. From dropping catches to miss fielding, GT made the path for Buttler to score another half century.
Once Buttler regained his original form, he smashed all the bowlers. Buttler completed his half century off 42 balls. Then he took only 14 balls to score 38 more runs. The acceleration can easily be seen. He could convert it to another century. But he got run out. But before going back to pavilion, he ensured a handsome total for RR.
What’s to come:
India will play a five match T20 series against South Africa starting on 9th June 2022.