IPL 2022 Qualifier 1: David Miller was in stunning form chasing Gujarat Titans against Rajasthan Royals.© BCCI/IPL
David Miller once again fills the role of finisher as South African helped Gujarat Titans defeat Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 Qualifier 1 on Tuesday. His unbeaten 68 from 38 balls was crucial to win GT by seven wickets and advance to the final as the first team. Miller’s innings included three fours and five sixes. Of those five, three sixes were hit in the 20th off RR pacer Prasidh Krishna. With GT needing 16 runs from the last six balls, Miller hit three straight sixes to take his team home.
After scoring only 10 in the first 14 balls, Miller scored 58 of the last 24 balls of his innings.
Watch: Miller’s three sixes that took GT to the finals
On a two-speed course, the Royals ran Jos Buttler’s 56-ball-89 to make 188 for six in 20 overs, which looked like a winning total given the pressure of the opportunity.
But Pandya (40* off 27 balls) and Miller (68 off 38 balls) added 101 runs in exactly 10 overs to close the deal with three balls left.
For a team many of whom were tipped to finish last due to some out-of-the-box picks, it proved to be the most consistent and now plays the final in front of its home crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium, with over 100,000 people who encourage them.
No credit is enough for the new ‘Captain Cool’ Pandya, who was always in control, even when things didn’t seem to be going well for his team.
One of the cleanest hitters, Pandya took the game deep with some well-placed boundaries that allowed Miller to take his time before unleashing five huge sixes – three of the last left from Prasidh Krishna, when the bowler lost his nerve completely.
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