Gujarat Titans (GT) captain Hardik Pandya was seen high-fiving Rajasthan Royals (RR) batter Shimron Hetmyer after he was hit for a four by the West Indian left-hander as RR and GT clashed in the 25th match of the IPL 2022.
Chasing a tough target of 193, RR batting couldn’t get going at any stage, as only Jos Buttler made 54 in 24 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes and Shimron Hetmyer made 27 in 19 balls, while Riyan Parag tried his best, but could only make 18 runs.
On the other hand, Devdutt Padikkal (0), R Ashwin (8), Sanju Samson (11), and Rassie van der Dussen (6) all failed to get going. Lockie Ferguson and Yash Dayal were the notable wicket-takers for the GT side.
One of the batters who showed a glimpse of a fight was Hetmyer, who was seen taking on the likes of Hardik Pandya and Mohammad Shami. In fact, Hardik Pandya even high-fived Hetmyer after he hit him for a four on his ball.
Here is the video:
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Hardik Pandya Stars With The Bat As GT Puts On 192/4
Meanwhile, after being invited to bat first as RR captain Sanju Samson won the toss, the GT innings was all about Hardik Pandya, as he slammed 87* in 52 balls with 8 fours and 4 sixes. He got great support from Abhinav Manohar (43 in 28 balls) and David Miller (31* in 14 balls with 5 fours, 1 six) as the Gujarat Titans put on 192/4 in 20 overs.
It was an amazing batting performance from Pandya, especially after Matthew Wade (12) and Shubman Gill (13) and then Vijay Shankar (2) departed early.