Gujarat Titans’ skipper Hardik Pandya dismissed Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Sanju Samson for 14 runs, becoming only the second captain in the Indian Premier League finals to remove the opposing captain, following only Adam Gilchrist’s (Delhi Capitals) dismissal by Anil Kumble (Royal Challngers Bangalore) in the 2009 final in Johannesburg.
Rajasthan Royals are suffering against Gujarat Titans’ powerful bowling line. Rashid Khan dismissed Devdutt Padikkal for 2 off 10 as he fought to get going. With over 1 lakh spectators praising his comeback to bowling, Hardik Pandya dismissed Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler.
Sanju Samson, the captain of the Rajasthan Royals, won the toss and chose to bat first against the Gujarat Titans at Narendra Modi Stadium. The Royals have kept their lineup same for the final, while the Titans have made one change, with Lockie Ferguson replacing Alzarri Joseph.
Hardik Pandya and Sanju Samson have guided both teams to the final battle with a cool head on their shoulders and great leadership on the field. In the league stage, these two teams had finished first and second, respectively, and Gujarat had defeated Rajasthan in Qualifier 1.
Pandya and Samson became the fourth and fifth non-international captains to lead a team to the final of the prestigious tournament, respectively.