New Delhi. After Shubman Gill’s century innings, on the basis of Mohit Sharma’s lethal bowling, defending champions Gujtitans defeated Mumbai Indians by 62 runs in Qualifier 2 to enter the final of IPL 2023. Gujarat has reached the final for the second time in a row. Gujarat will face Chennai Super Kings in the final on Sunday (May 28). The title match will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Chasing a target of 234 runs, the Mumbai Indians were bundled out for 171 runs in 18.2 overs despite Suryakumar Yadav’s half-century. Surya played an inning of 61 runs in 38 balls. Tilak Verma was dismissed after scoring 43 runs while Cameron Green contributed 30 runs. Experienced pacer Mohit Sharma took maximum 5 wickets from Gujarat. Mumbai did not have a good start and lost wickets at regular intervals. As a result, Mumbai had to face defeat at home to Gujarat in a do or die match.
Shubman Gill took advantage of life donation
Earlier, Shubman Gill took full advantage of the lifeline he got in the beginning and played an attractive century, which helped Gujarat Titans score 233 runs for 3 wickets. Gill scored 129 runs in 60 balls and meanwhile presented a great example of his skill of playing long shots. He hit seven fours and 10 sixes in his innings. Meanwhile, Gill shared a 138-run partnership in 64 balls for the second wicket with Sai Sudarshan (43 off 31 balls). Captain Hardik Pandya contributed an unbeaten 28 off 13 balls in the last over.
Shubman Gill scored his third century of the season
This is Gill’s third century in the season. He also scored the highest score of his T20 career. The record of scoring most centuries in a season of IPL is in the name of Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler (both four centuries). The match started half an hour late due to rain. After losing the toss, the team of North Gujarat Titans scored 50 runs without any loss in the power play for the first batting. Meanwhile, the sixth over was eventful. In this over of Chris Jordan, after hitting a six and a four, Gill waved the ball in the air but Tim David could not catch it at mid-on. Gill was then playing on 30 runs.
Gill hit three sixes in Akash Madhwal’s over
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, however, soon gave Mumbai its first breakthrough. Wriddhiman Saha (18 runs off 16 balls) was stumped out in an attempt to play a wide ball on the leg side. After this, Gill openly demonstrated his skill of hitting sixes. After hitting Chawla and Kumar Kartikeya for sixes, he hit three sixes in the over of Akash Madhwal, the hero of Mumbai’s victory against Lucknow Supergiants.
Shubman Gill completed his third century by stealing a single off Green’s ball.
This charismatic opener forced Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma to think by hitting Chawla for two sixes in the next over. Gill completed his third century of this season by taking a single off Cameron Green and then hit two sixes and a four in this over. Madhwal finally ended Gill’s innings. Gill caught him at deep midwicket in an attempt to flick his yorker out of the boundary line. This time David did not make any mistake in taking the catch. Pandya hit sixes on Madhwal and Jordan. Meanwhile, Gujarat retired Sudarshan before the last over and replaced him with Rashid Khan, who scored five not out.