Miller’s blitz puts Wade in IPL final

Matthew Wade’s Gujarat Titans reached the Indian Premier League final in their debut season thanks to David Miller’s blistering half-century.

Needing 16 on Prasidh Krishna’s final, Miller broke three straight sixes to secure a seven-wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals in Tuesday’s qualifier in Kolkata.

This booked the Titans a place in Sunday’s final at their home ground in Ahmedabad.

South African Miller’s unbeaten 68 balls from 38 balls earned him the Man of the Match award. Australian Wade, coming off a lean spell, made a useful 35.

Rajasthan’s inaugural champions can still qualify for the final by beating the winners of Wednesday’s playoff between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Rajasthan posted a solid 188-6 after being batted at Eden Gardens.

Jos Buttler, the tournament’s top scorer, had gone five sets without fifty, but the Englishman bounced back with a playful 89 taking his tournament tally to 718 points in 15 games.

Buttler scored at run-a-ball pace first while skipper Sanju Samson broke 47 of 26 balls at the other end.

After Samson’s absence, Buttler, 43, escaped when Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya slipped long as he was about to take a regulation hold.

Buttler struck out 46 of his next 17 balls before being knocked out in the final.

Gujarat lost opener Wriddhiman Saha in the first round but Shubman Gill made it 35 from 21 before being exhausted in a confusion with Wade.

Wade fell soon after, but Pandya, who shot an undefeated 40, and Miller saw Gujarat at home with a century-long unbroken stand.

“We wanted us to finish the game, that was the conversation in the middle,” Pandya said after the win.

“When we started the tournament, obviously I wanted to win the tournament, it’s a dream.”

Rajasthan captain Samson said the stick got easy in the second set.

“We will come back stronger,” Samson said.

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