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IPL 2022 GT vs RR, Final Preview: Gujarat Titans' golden opportunity to create history in debut season

Gujarat Titans' Hardik Pandya
Gujarat Titans' Hardik Pandya

Rajasthan Royals have made it to the IPL Final only once before, in the inaugural edition, when the team lifted the trophy under the leadership of the great late Shane Warne.

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Gujarat's stunning consistency

Gujarat Titans, on the other hand, are making their IPL debut and will create history if they go on to win the title in their very first season.

It is startling that Gujarat have hardly put a single foot wrong since the beginning of the season. That said, they've had the rub of the green as they have gone on to win as many as five games in the last over in the group stage, but they had their calmness and clinical approach to be credited for that.

Emerging victorious in Qualifier 1

After finishing the group stage at the top of the points table with 10 wins from 14 matches, the team won another close encounter against Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 1 courtesy of David Miller's unbeaten 68 at strike rate of 178, including three back-to-back sixes against Prasidh Krishna in the last over to seal the game.

There were important contributions from Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade and Hardik Pandya as well. Rashid Khan was their standout bowler by a fair margin and gave away just 15 runs from his 4 overs.

RR's shot in the arm

Rajasthan Royals are coming off a heroic victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 2 which must have boosted their confidence to no end.

Jos Buttler was once again the star for them with a scintillating knock of 106 not out off just 60 deliveries. This was his fourth century this IPL season and the opener sits at the top of the run-scoring charts with 824 runs from 16 matches at an average of 58.85 and a strike rate of 151.47.

Orange cap, Purple cap on the line

Buttler will certainly finish with the Orange cap but will now have his eyes set on David Warner's tally of 848 in IPL 2016.

Teammate Yuzvendra Chahal will also have an opportunity to wrest the Purple cap from Wanindu Hasaranga. Chahal has picked up 26 wickets from 16 matches at 19.50.

The atmosphere at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad was electric in the Qualifier 2 clash and a similar vibe is expected for the Final, especially now that the home side Gujarat Titans will be in action.

Predicted Playing XIs

Gujarat Titans
- Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami

Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, James Neesham, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy

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