Gujarat Titans (GT) is locking horns with Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Qualifier 1 of the playoffs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the iconic Eden Garden in Kolkata. There are not many moments in the IPL fielders have slipped in crucial moments but, one such moment came along when Hardik Pandya slipped and ended up giving a lifeline to Jos Buttler.
After winning the toss, GT skipper, Hardik Pandya opted to field and they made one change as Lockie Ferguson made way for Alzarri Joseph, but RR made no change. After a cautious start, the Royals raced to 75/1 at the end of nine overs, with Sanju Samson batting on 45 off 23 balls, along with the Orange Cap holder, Jos Buttler (21 off 23 balls).
The Rajasthan Royals were jolted early as they lost Yashasvi Jaiswal in the second over itself and he had been batting well in the last few games. But, Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler made sure they did not lose more wickets as Samson smashed the GT bowlers all around the ground but was dismissed on 47 by R Sai Kishore.
Jos Buttler was struggling for runs as he could not get going like he is used to but made sure he did not throw his wicket away. An incident occurred on the second ball of the 16th over which was being bowled by Yash Dayal.
Jos Buttler hit the ball towards long-off and normally it should have been an easy catch for Hardik Pandya but, the GT skipper slipped while going towards the ball and it the ball sailed over him for a boundary. This gave a lifeline to Buttler and give him his fourth half-century of the tournament.
Here is the video of the incident:
Here is how the Internet reacted:
Hardik slipped like Gerrard😂😂
— 𝘔𝘢𝘴𝘩 (@Messizzzling) May 24, 2022
Alzarri was poor.. hardik slipped😔😔
— Aditya Pandya (@AdityaP74893253) May 24, 2022
Wahi bc hardik literally slipped itna easy catch tha vo
— finished (@The_hitwicket18) May 24, 2022
Hardik Pandya slipped and missed the catch of Jos Buttler. pic.twitter.com/FMn74v5LJm
— Deepanshu (@Deepans20127002) May 24, 2022
Hardik slipped the IPL trophy pic.twitter.com/6XmwRPJdSx
— K🦊 (@WinterfelIViz) May 24, 2022
Yeah ik , but he was lucky that Hardik pandya got slipped otherwise he was out
— Rɪsʜᴀʙʜ 𝙸𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 (@Pant_life) May 24, 2022
Lucky fluke mf ,first hardik slipped and catch not completed and know getting 4s by misfielding 😂
— Ʀ0G ☢ ÐłGVłJλ¥ (@DigvijayRog) May 24, 2022
Hardik slipped before taking catch 😂😂😂😂
— Aravintakshan Appu Prakash (@AravintakshanP) May 24, 2022
Hardik Pandya just got slipped which could have been an easy catch.
— Engineered Cricketer (@ssvivek4) May 24, 2022