GT vs RR IPL – Sanju Samson’s Heroic 68* Guides RR to Last-Over Thriller vs GT in IPL 2024

Rashid Khan GT

GT vs RR – Gujrat Titans Beat Rajasthan Royals in Last-Over Thriller

Jaipur, April 11, 2024 – Sanju Samson’s brilliant captain’s knock of 68 not out off 38 balls guided Rajasthan Royals to a thrilling 3-wicket win over Gujarat Titans in the final over of a high-scoring IPL 2024 match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Thursday.

Put in to bat first, Gujarat Titans got off to a solid start thanks to a 64-run opening partnership between Shubman Gill (72) and Sai Sudharsan (35). Despite losing a few wickets in the middle overs, Riyan Parag’s blistering 76 off 48 balls propelled GT to 196/3.

In reply, Rajasthan lost openers Yashasvi Jaiswal (24) and Jos Buttler (8) in the powerplay. But Samson and Parag (76) then combined for a match-winning 130-run stand for the 3rd wicket to put RR on course for victory.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

Needing 19 off the final over, Rashid Khan (9*) launched Avesh Khan for a six and four to bring the equation down to 5 off 2 balls. Rashid then pulled the next ball for another four to seal an incredible 3-wicket win with a ball to spare.

Rashid was the hero at the end, but it was Samson’s brilliant pacing of the chase that was the key factor. His third fifty of the season contained 6 fours and 2 sixes.

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For GT, the Afghan spin duo of Rashid (1/18) and Noor Ahmad (0/43) were the best bowlers. But they were undone by some poor fielding, with Matthew Wade dropping Parag twice on 0 and 6.

With this win, Rajasthan have moved up to third spot on the points table, while Gujarat Titans remain in second place behind Lucknow Super Giants. Rajasthan will next face 5th placed Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.

GT vs RR – Batting Hightlights

  • Riyan Parag (RR) – 76 runs off 48 balls (3 fours, 5 sixes)
  • Parag was dropped twice early on but made GT pay with a blistering knock
  • Shubman Gill (GT) – 72 runs off 44 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes)
  • The GT captain led from the front with a fluent innings
  • Sanju Samson (RR) – 68* runs off 38 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes)
Kuldeep Sen RR
Kuldeep Sen RR

GT vs RR Bowling highlights

  • Rashid Khan (GT) – 4 overs, 18 runs, 1 wicket
  • Dismissed the dangerous Jos Buttler in the powerplay
  • Kuldeep Sen (RR) – 3 overs, 22 runs, 3 wickets
  • Got crucial wickets of Sudharsan, Wade and Manohar in the middle overs
  • Umesh Yadav (GT) – 4 overs, 47 runs, 1 wicket
  • Gave GT the breakthrough by dismissing Jaiswal in the powerplay

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GT vs RR Interesting Facts and Stats

  • Riyan Parag’s 76 was his 3rd fifty in his last 4 innings this IPL season.
  • Rashid Khan dismissed Jos Buttler for the 5th time in T20 cricket. Buttler has scored just 30 runs off 50 balls against Rashid in the IPL.
  • Sanju Samson scored his 3rd fifty of IPL 2024, taking his tally to 25 fifty-plus scores for RR – the most by any batter for the franchise.
  • Shubman Gill (24 years 215 days) became the youngest player to reach 3000 IPL runs, going past Virat Kohli.
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal failed to survive the powerplay for the 5th straight game this season.
  • GT openers Sudharsan and Gill registered their 2nd fifty-plus partnership in just 2 innings together this season.
  • Rashid Khan conceded just 18 runs in his 4 overs – his most economical spell of 4 overs or more this IPL.
  • The match had a delayed start due to rain, but no overs were lost.
  • Matthew Wade dropped two catches off Rashid’s bowling when Parag was on 0 and 6, proving costly for GT.

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