Mumbai in the storm of Gill-Mohit, Gujarat one step away from saving the title
Ahmedabad (Uttam Hindu News): After the rain of Shubman Gill (129 runs, 60 balls), the killer bowling of Mohit Sharma (five wickets for ten runs) helped Gujarat Titans to win the rain-affected match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday. thrashed Mumbai Indians by 64 runs to enter the final for the second time in a row.
Batting first, Gujarat scored 233 runs for three wickets, in response to which the entire Mumbai team returned to the pavilion after scoring 171 runs in 18.2 overs. Gujarat Titans will now take on Chennai Super Kings in the final on Sunday.
Due to rain at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the match started about half an hour late from the scheduled time. After winning the toss, Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma handed over the batting to Gujarat, anticipating the prevailing moisture in the pitch, but he had no idea of the attitude of Shubman, who landed on the field as an opener. As soon as he came to the crease, the bat of the vivacious player of Punjab started spewing fire.
Rohit Sena tried his best to stop Shubman’s storm but failed and seeing this, the Gujarati lion not only completed his IPL century but even after that showed no mercy to the Mumbai bowlers. In his innings of 129 runs, he hit ten sixes in just 60 balls and took the ball outside the boundary line seven times. He was dismissed by Tim David on a brilliant yorker by Akash Madhwal. Shubman also played a brilliant partnership of 138 runs with Sai Sudarshan (43).
Chasing a challenging target given by Gujarat, the Mumbai team looked under pressure from the start when Rohit Sharma (8) and Nehal Badhera (4) were dismissed for runs, although later Tilak Verma (43, 14 balls) and Surya Kumar Yadav (61, 38 balls) tried hard to increase the pace of runs. Mohit Sharma, who came to bowl in the 15th over of the innings, first sent Surya back to the pavilion while displaying excellent bowling, while Rashid Khan uprooted Tim David’s legs before he could settle at the crease. Kasar Mohit completed the remaining four wickets by taking the remaining four wickets and handed over the return air ticket from Gujarat to Mumbai. Mumbai lost five wickets by adding just 16 runs. After Surya Kumar and Tilak Verma, Cameron Green (30) was the only player to reach double digits.