GT vs MI: Gujarat Titans defeated Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 and qualified for back-to-back IPL Finals

Gujarat Titans registered a huge 62-run victory against Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 2 and booked their tickets for the Final against Chennai Super Kings.
Gujarat Titans reache back to back finals of the IPL (Image - BCCI)
Gujarat Titans reache back to back finals of the IPL (Image - BCCI)

Shubman Gill smashed a 60-ball 129 as Gujarat Titans beat Mumbai Indians by 62 runs to enter the Indian Premier League final. GT will take on Chennai Super Kings in a huge clash in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Shubman Gill became the 7th batter to score a century in the IPL playoffs. Gill's explosive knock ensured GT reach 233 for three after being sent into bat first in Qualifier 2. Chasing a mammoth target, MI never looked in the hunt despite Suryakumar Yadav's 38-ball 61. Eventually, MI bowled out for 171 in 18.2 overs. For GT, Mohit Sharma (5/10) was the best bowler, while Rashid Khan (2/33) also did his bit with the ball. Read the Match Report of the GT vs MI clash and share your thoughts in the comments.

GT vs MI: Qualifier 2 Match Report

Rain delayed the match by 30 minutes. Rohit Sharma decided to chase after winning the toss. The Titans didn't have a great start, but Gill's knock shifted the momentum and helped his side to reach a mammoth 233 for 3. This was Gill's third hundred in four matches. Only Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler (four each) have scored more in a single edition of the IPL. The knock took Gill's run tally to 851. Once again, only Kohli (973 in 2016) and Buttler (863 in 2022) have more runs in a season.

Rohit Sharma congratulated Shubman Gill after he got to his century
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Titans finished the powerplay on 50 for no loss but Wriddhiman Saha was struggling to time the ball. Piyush Chawla stumped him with a leg-side wide. Gill brought up his fifty off 32 balls. In the next nine deliveries, he smashed five sixes and a four off Madhwal and Chawla. He didn't slow down for once and completed his second fifty off just 17 balls.

Sai Sudharsan was playing second fiddle to Gill. Unfortunately, Sudharsan scored 43 off 31 but he retired hurt. Rashid replaced him in the middle and started with a boundary. Hardik Pandya ended with a short cameo as Gujarat Titans posted 233 runs after the end of 20 overs.

GT vs MI: Qualifier 2 Match Report

Tilak Varma started by hitting two sixes in his first four balls and then smashed Shami for four fours and a six in a 24-run over. Although, Mumbai had a poor start as they lost both of their openers under 3 overs. Tilak Varma continued his riot as Hardik had to bring Rashid for pulling him down. Rashid Khan didn't disappoint his captain and gave the breakthrough in the last delivery of the powerplay.

After Varma's fall, Green who was retired hurt in the 2nd over came out to resume his innings and was looking dangerous. He and Suryakumar added 52 in 5.2 overs before Josh Little broke his leg stump with a delivery that seemed in from good length.

Suryakumar Yadav kept the chase on course
Image – BCCI

Suryakumarstill fought in the middle. He reached his fifty off 33 balls, with a scoop pull over the wicketkeeper's head. He brought down the equation but Mohit Sharma sent him home. Then he dismissed Vishnu Vinod in the same over. David Miller was Mumbai's last hope. That's where Hardik played his part. He had saved Rashid's one over and brought him on in the 16th. Rashid trapped Miller lbw in his third delivery. Mohit cleaned up the other batters and pick up his maiden five-for in the T20 cricket.

Mohit Sharma picked 5 wickets for the first time in a t20 match
Image – BCCI

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