David Miller stars as Gujarat Titans beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets to secure a spot in IPL final
David Miller smashed three back-to-back in the final over from Prasidh Krishna to help Gujarat Titans (GT) thrash Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 7 wickets at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday (May 24) and secure a spot in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Gujarat Titans have become the first finalists of the season in their debut campaign in the IPL and have been playing phenomenal cricket throughout the tournament. It was yet another finishing masterclass from Miller as he helped his side chase down the target of 189 runs comfortably.
Asked to chase down 190 runs at the Eden Gardens, Gujarat Titans were far from favourites when they started their run-chase. To make matters worse they lost opener Wriddhiman Saha on a duck in the very first over before Shubman Gill (35) combined with Matthew Wade (35) to add 72 runs for the second wicket.
David Miller is the Player of the Match for his incredible 68* off just 38 balls. Regarding what has changed for him this season, the South African replies that he has got opportunities and a good role in the team, and that’s the reason for his success. He is enjoying his role and is understanding his game a little better. Further says that he wants to keep everything closer to his game plan. Tells that he just backed himself and went for the big shots. Adds that he has played for different teams and knew a few players already in Gujarat. Shares that the first win that they had was close, and that brought them together. On his plans for the final over, Miller says that you need to control what you can and cannot think too much ahead. Further says that if it’s in your area, you have to capitalize as it’s all about taking all your opportunities.
Hardik Pandya, the victorious captain of Gujarat, says that he has started to balance things in his life. Adds that it’s been difficult for him to manage his body, the bubble life, and his family has played a big role in making him a better cricketer. Tells that he is trying to be neutral at this moment and is really proud of all the boys. Shares that if you have good people around you, you tend to get good things. Further says that all the boys are backing each other, and that’s the reason they have reached this stage. Mentions that it’s all about respecting the game, he is proud of Miller and during the chase, they wanted to finish the game and not leave it for the others. Regarding batting at number 4, Hardik replies that it all depends on what his team wants from him. Tells that they appreciate all the knocks, no matter how small or big, and signs off by saying that winning the trophy is a dream. (Agencies)