Gujarat Titans Halt Rajasthan Royals’ Winning Streak in Last-Ball Thriller

Gujarat Titans Halt Rajasthan Royals

New Delhi: In a nail-biting finish to the 24th match of the IPL season, the Gujarat Titans snatched victory from the Rajasthan Royals on the final delivery, ending the Royals’ impressive run of four consecutive wins. The match, which unfolded at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, saw the Titans chase down a formidable target of 197 runs, clinching the win with a score of 199 for 7 wickets.

The Titans’ triumph was spearheaded by captain Shubman Gill’s stellar half-century and vital contributions from Rashid Khan and Rahul Tewatia. The duo amassed 36 runs in just 14 balls, securing the win dramatically. Gill, alongside Sai Sudarshan, laid a solid foundation for the Titans with a 64-run partnership for the opening wicket.

However, the match was not without its controversies. Rajasthan Royals’ captain, Sanju Samson, faced a hefty fine of Rs 12 lakh due to his team’s failure to maintain the required over rate. This match marked Samson’s 50th as captain, a milestone second only to the legendary Shane Warne in the team’s history. Despite the setback, the Royals remain at the top of the points table with 8 points.

The Royals’ bowlers, including Kuldeep Sen and Yuzvendra Chahal, managed to take wickets but at a high cost. The batting prowess of Riyan Parag and Sanju Samson, who forged a 130-run partnership for the third wicket, propelled the Royals to a competitive total of 196 for 3 wickets. Parag’s explosive 76 off 48 balls and Samson’s unbeaten 68 from 38 balls were highlights of their innings.

Gujarat Titans Halt Rajasthan Royals

This penalty marks the first for Samson this season, with a warning that a repeat offense could result in a doubled fine. The match will be remembered for its high stakes and the thrilling last-ball finish that kept fans on the edge of their seats.