The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League 2022 culminated with Gujarat Titans winning the title in their first attempt, at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. They became the seventh team to win the league, and the only second to win it in their maiden outing.
In what was a low-scoring clash, Gujarat recovered from initial setbacks and cruised through a target of 131 set up by Rajasthan Royals. Hardik Pandya was adjudged as the Player of the Match for his impressive performance with both bat and ball.
It was Pandya’s frugal spell that restricted Rajasthan Royals to a below-par total. On the second ball of his first spell, the GT skipper had Sanju Samson caught by Sai Kishore. On a pitch lively pitch where the ball was shooting up uncomfortably for the batters, Pandya persisted with his hard length and reaped rich rewards. Jos Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer were his next two victims.
“Second ball of my spell when I got Sanju out, saw that if you hit the wicket hard and hit the seam something is gonna happen. All about sticking to the right lengths, asking the batters to play the right shots,” Pandya said in the post-match presentation.
Gujarat Titans received a check of Rs 20 crore for winning the tournament, while the runner-ups Rajasthan Royals got Rs 12.50 crore. Both sides shared the Fair Play Award. Winning the tournament in its first edition will also boost the Titans’ negotiating power with the sponsors for the subsequent editions.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) got a cheque of Rs 7 crore for finishing third, as they lost the second qualifier to Rajasthan Royals. Lucknow Super Giants, who got knocked out after losing to the Royal Challengers in Eliminator, earned ₹6.5 crore as prize money in their debut season.
Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal received Rs 10 lakh each for bagging the Orange Cap and Purple Cap, respectively. Buttler also received the award for hitting the most number of sixes in IPL 2022.
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