Match number 23 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 has gone in favour of the Rajasthan Royals team in what was a rematch of the IPL 2022 Final between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals.
Batting first, thanks to some valiant efforts in the middle-order, the likes Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, David Miller and Abhinav Manohar, Gujarat Titans managed to put 177 runs on the board.
Chasing the target, the Royals lost their star opening duo of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal for just 4 runs. But from there, captain Sanju Samson played a fabulous inning as he scored 60 runs in 32 balls.
However, it was actually Shimron Hetmyer’s fifty that took Rajasthan over the line. Significant contribution also came from the likes of Dhruv Jurel and Ravichandran Ashwin, who scored 10 runs in 3 balls in the penalty-mate over when Rajasthan needed 21 runs to win in 2 overs. See how Twitterati reacted.
WHAT A WIN FOR THE ROYALS!— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 16, 2023
On 66/4 after 12 overs needing 112 from 48 to win, Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer blast them to victory with four balls to spare!https://t.co/ox86tCXXps | #GTvRR | #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/1ErUHLxrub
Big impact pic.twitter.com/BFVkpnLWZH— SudheerReddy (@SudheerReddy628) April 16, 2023Advertisement
What a finish by Hetmyer 🔥— Pratik (@Prat1k_) April 16, 2023
RR warra team. Buttler as opener, Samson in middle order & Hetmyer as a finisher. Also Ash Anna comes & plays match winning cameos
Take a bow, Shimron Hetmyer! What a finish. From 66/4 and needing 112 off 48 balls, Rajasthan Royals have pulled off one of the most remarkable IPL wins 👏👏— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) April 16, 2023
Incredible Premier League 🔥 #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/zNqdVYkDSP
Dhruv Jurel, you've moved me. 10 balls with proper impact. There's just something about Rajasthan Royals and thriving youngsters.— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) April 16, 2023
Rajasthan Royals winning like this made me happy more than anything💕.— Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) April 16, 2023
This is the Sanju everyone fell in love with 💥— Radoo (@Chandan_radoo) April 16, 2023
Taking the best in the world for hattrick sixes is not everyone's cup of tea unless you are #SanjuSamson ❤️🙏🏻@IamSanjuSamson ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XaTqP29acQ