Debutants Gujarat Titans were declared Indian Premier League (IPL) champions on Sunday in Ahmedabad, defeating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets.
Rajasthan, who chose to bat first, never got going and finished with a disappointing 130-9, with Jos Buttler, the IPL’s leading scorer, top scoring for them with a muted 39.
Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya (3-17) led by example with the ball, removing Rajasthan’s middle-order lynchpin Shimron Hetmyer, Sanju Samson, and opener Buttler.
Pandya was also impressive with the bat, scoring 34 runs and forming a 63-run partnership with Shubman Gill to help Gujarat recover from a sluggish start in their chase.
Gujarat’s triumph was sealed with a six and 11 balls to spare as opener Gill remained undefeated on 45.
In front of almost 100,000 supporters, South African David Miller struck a quickfire 32 not out for Gujarat in the low-scoring final.