The Gujarat Titans showcased a dominant performance in the second Qualifier of the 2023 Indian Premier League, securing their spot in the final with an impressive 62-run victory over the Mumbai Indians. The Titans set a massive target of 233/3 in their 20 overs and then bowled out MI for 171 in 18.2 overs, thanks to an impressive five-wicket haul by Mohit Sharma.
However, the standout player of the match was Shubman Gill, the young opener for the Gujarat Titans. Gill exhibited a power-packed batting display, smashing a remarkable 129 runs off just 60 deliveries. His innings included an impressive tally of 10 sixes and seven fours, making it his third century of the season. Gill’s aggressive batting propelled the Titans to a formidable total after MI captain Rohit Sharma chose to field first in Ahmedabad.
Fans and former cricketers praised Gill for his outstanding performance, and even Rohit Sharma lauded the young Indian batsman for his match-winning knock. Interestingly, Rohit’s comment also alluded to the upcoming World Test Championship final against Australia, generating a lighthearted moment during the post-match interview.
“All the bowling teams have been challenged this season; looking at what happened in the previous game, we had a great performance. Got to give credit to Shubman, he is in great form, and I hope he continues that,” Rohit said, breaking into a chuckle. The MI captain’s response was about the WTC final against Australia, which takes place between June 7-11 in London.
Looking ahead to the final, Gill is set to open the batting alongside Rohit Sharma, with Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane expected to complete the rest of the top and middle-order for the Gujarat Titans.
Reflecting on the match, Rohit Sharma acknowledged that MI needed a player like Gill to anchor their innings, emphasizing the importance of having someone bat through the entire duration. He also mentioned that the match was played on a good pitch, with one side offering a smaller boundary, and believed that if MI had taken the game deeper, the outcome could have been different.
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Rohit also said that MI needed a player to bat through like Gill did for GT, but it wasn’t to be. “Gill was superb. We needed someone to bat till the end, like Gill. It was a good pitch; one side was small; if we had taken the match deep, anything could have happened.”
The Gujarat Titans will now face the formidable Chennai Super Kings in the final of the 2023 IPL season, scheduled to take place on May 28th. With both teams displaying exceptional skills and form, the final promises to be an enthralling encounter as the Titans seek to claim the coveted IPL title.