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IPL 2022: Pandya's Unbeaten 87 Helps Gujarat Trump Rajasthan, Top Standings

Rajasthan come into this match as the top ranked team in the IPL 2022 standings.

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  • Gujarat Titans beat Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs in March 24 of IPL 2022.

  • Gujarat Titans: 192/4 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 87 not out, Abhinav Manohar 43; Riyan Parag 1/12)

  • Rajasthan Royals 155-9 in 20 overs ( Jos Buttler 54, Shimron Hetmyer 29; Lockie Ferguson 3/23)

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Gujarat Titans have beaten Rajasthan Royals and also displaced them from the top spot in the IPL 2022 standings, with a 37 run victory in March 24 at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

It was Rajasthan's fourth win of the season and they're now ranked number one with 8 points. Rajasthan are third with six points from five matches.

A sensational unbeaten half-century by captain Hardik Pandya (87 not out off 52) powered Gujarat Titans to 192/4 in 20 overs. Apart from Hardik, Abhinav Manohar (43 off 28) and David Miller (31 not out off 14) also made valuable contributions with the bat for Gujarat, who were invited to bat first. Kuldeep Sen (1/51), Yuzvendra Chahal (1/32) and Riyan Parag (1/12) picked one wicket each for Rajasthan.

Chasing a big total, Jos Buttler played an attacking knock (54 off 24) to give Rajasthan a flying start but he didn't get the support from the end. Once Buttler got out on an excellent deceptive leg-cutter in Lockie Ferguson over, it was a mountain to climb for Rajasthan.

Lower down the order, Shimron Hetmyer (29), Riyan Parag (18) and James Neesham (17) tried hard but it was not good enough as Rajasthan were restricted to 155-9 in 20 overs, losing by 37 runs. Lockie Ferguson (3/23) and Yash Dayal (3/40) picked up three wickets each for Gujarat while Mohammed Shami (1/39) and Hardik Pandya (1/18) also chipped in with one wicket each.

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Rajasthan come into this match as the top ranked team in the IPL 2022 standings.

IPL 2022: Hardik Pandya scored an unbeaten 87 vs Mumbai Indians.

(Photo: BCCI)

A brilliant half-century (87 not out off 52) by captain Hardik Pandya helped Gujarat Titans post 192/4 against Rajasthan Royals in Match 24 of IPL 2022 at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Apart from Hardik, Abhinav Manohar (43 off 28) and David Miller (31 not out off 14) also made valuable contributions with the bat for Gujarat, who were invited to bat first.

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Invited to bat first, Gujarat opener Matthew Wade took advantage of some friendly bowling from James Neesham and cracked three fours in the first over. However, in the second over, Wade (12) was run out on the back of a fine throw from Van der Dussen.

Gujarat then slipped to 15/2 as Vijay Shakar (2) also got out cheaply to Kuldeep Sen. It got worse for them when Riyan Parag got rid of inform Shubman Gill (13).

At 54/3 after 6.4 overs, it didn't look good for Gujarat, but Abhinav and Hardik stitched a vital 86 runs for the fourth wicket and rescued their team.The duo took their time before taking Rajasthan bowlers to cleaners. Manohar launched into inform Yuzvendra Chahal, hammering him for a four and maximum, a lofted inside-out drive over cover as Gujarat crossed the 100-mark in the 13th over.

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Rajasthan come into this match as the top ranked team in the IPL 2022 standings.

Abhinav and Hardik during match 24 of the TATA Indian Premier League 2022.

(Photo: BCCI)

Thereafter, they took on Kuldeep, hammering him for three boundaries in the 14th over, where Hardik also notched up his fifty. In the next over, Pandya hit two successive sixes off seasoned spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who leaked 16 runs in that over.

With Titans reaching 130/3 in 15 overs, the stage was set for a big total but the partnership was broken as Manohar was caught by Ashwin on Yuzvendra Chahal's delivery in the 16th over. However, the wicket didn't affect the Gujarat innings much as new batter Miller and a well set Pandya stiched a quirefire stand of 53 runs off 25 balls and took their team to 192/4 in 20 overs.

Kuldeep Sen (1/51), Yuzvendra Chahal (1/32) and Riyan Parag (1/12) picked one wicket each for Rajasthan

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