Ahmedabad; News Agency: Defending champions Gujarat Giants have taken the final step towards retaining their title and have entered the finals of IPL 2023. Gujarat defeated Mumbai Indians by 62 runs in Qualifier-2 match on Friday. Gujarat’s opener Shubman Gill scored a stormy knock of 129 runs in this match. Mumbai’s dream of winning the sixth title was dashed in this storm. Gujarat will now face Chennai Super Kings tomorrow (Sunday) for the title. (MI vs GT)
Batting first, Gujarat washed away the bowlers of Mumbai Indians and scored 233 for 3. Mumbai did not meet this challenge. His innings ended on 171 runs in 18.2 overs. Suryakumar Yadav scored the highest 61 runs from Mumbai.
On the strength of Shubman’s century, Gujarat Titans set a challenge of 234 runs for victory against Mumbai Indians. Tilak Verma, who came to the field to overcome this challenge, scored 43 runs in 14 balls with a brilliant innings. Suryakumar Yadav also scored 61 runs. Mumbai’s run rate was tremendous. However, Gujarat wrapped up their innings for 171 runs by taking Mumbai’s wickets at strategic moments. From Gujarat, Mohit Sharma took 5 wickets in 2.2 overs. He took the vital wicket of Suryakumar and sealed Mumbai’s defeat.
Earlier, the match was delayed by half an hour due to rain. But then Shubman Gill washed the bowlers of Mumbai Indians in vain. He took Gujarat Titans to two runs while scoring his third century in the last four innings. His catches dropped by Tim David and Tilak Verma cost Mumbai Indians dearly. All the tactics of Mumbai Indians failed.
Shubman and Wriddhiman Saha (18) put on a half-century partnership. Piyush Chawla gave Gujarat the first blow. After that only Shubman and Sai Sudarshan remained dominant. Shubman scored his third century of the season with 4 fours and 8 sixes in 49 balls. Sai Sudarshan put on 138 runs in 64 balls with Shubman for the second wicket. Shubman’s every shot was admirable and there was no sloppyness in it. Today, Shubman showed how to bat technically and how to hit the ball using the wrist well. His hits were spectacular and Rohit also praised him. In the 17th over, Madhwal took an important wicket. Shubman was caught for 129 runs off 60 balls with 7 fours and 10 sixes.
Shubman’s batting had the Mumbai bowlers reeling and Sudarshan and Hardik Pandya took full advantage of it. Sudarshan had to be retired on 43 (31 balls), Rashid Khan came in and hit well. Hardik took Gujarat to 233 for 3 while scoring 28 runs in 13 overs.
Shubman brought in the play-offs, also pulled out
Gujarat Titans defeated RCB in the last match of the league stage. So Mumbai Indians faced the play-offs. All the credit went to Shubman Gill who scored a century of 104 runs at that time. However, Shubman Gill, who opened the doors of play-off for Mumbai, packed up Mumbai in Qualifier-2. This time too he scored a brilliant century of 129 runs.
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