IPL 2023, GT vs MI, Qualifier 2: Gill's stunning ton take Gujarat to 2nd straight IPL final
IPL 2023, Gujarat Titans (GT) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), Top Performances: Shubman Gill’s 129 off 60, Suryakumar Yadav’s 61 off 38, and Mohit Sharma’s 5-10 are the top performances. Gujarat Titans beat Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 and move to 2nd IPL final.
Brief Scores: Gujarat Titans 233-3 (Shubman 129, Sudharsan 43, Madhwal 1-52, Piyush 1-45) beat Mumbai Indians 199-6 (Suryakumar 61, Tilak 43, Mohit 5-10, Rashid 2-33) by 62 runs
Player Of The Match: Shubman Gill (129 runs off 60 balls)
The blockbuster eliminator match of the TATA IPL 2023 kicked off between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians after a delayed start due to rain. This was certainly a do-or-die contest as both teams had all to play for to make it to the finals. Both teams gave it their all and did not disappoint us at all.
Gujarat's Spectacular Performance Secures Their Spot in the Finals
After being sent in to bat first, GT made a subdued start to their first innings. Gill and Saha tried to up the ante but were a touch on the slower side while scoring inside the powerplay overs. MI got their first breakthrough when Saha stumped off Chawla’s bowling in the 3rd ball of the 7th over. But somehow, luck seemed to favor Shubman Gill as he got a few lucky reprieves as MI failed to get him back into the hut. He would not waste such opportunities and played a blinder of innings scoring 129(60) featuring 7 fours and 10 sixes. MI bowlers had a hard time containing the onslaught from Gill which proved to be very expensive. In the end, they ended up conceding a monstrous total of 233-3.
MI had their backs against the wall and the realisation soon dawned upon them they had a mountain to climb. Wadhera perished in the very first over which sent tremors in the MI dressing room. More trouble followed as Green got a blow on his elbow the very next over forcing him off the field. And just an over later, the skipper Rohit Sharma departed for a paltry looking 8 (7) reducing MI to 21/2. Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav stitched a crucial 51 run off 22 balls to get MI back in the chase. Following Tilak’s departure, Green returned to bat and teamed up with Yadav to carry the MI innings forward. But as soon as they were dismissed, MI’s hopes of making it to the finals diminished as they crashed out by 62 runs.
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Talking Points: Shubman Gill’s Two Drop Chances Proved Way Too Costly for MI
MI made a grave error of missing out on dismissing Gill on two major occasions. Gill got the first lifeline when he was dropped on 30 by Tim David at mid-on while Jordan was bowling. It was a regulation catch that had to be taken. And the next over, a stumping opportunity was missed when Chawla was bowling. The complexion of the game would have been a lot different had he been dismissed earlier. But much to the despair of the MI fans, these dropped chances would hurt them big time as Gill amassed a whopping 129 runs in just 60 balls which propelled GT to a commanding total of 233 which turned out to be way beyond MI’s reach.