Shubman Gill, Mohit Sharma star with bat and ball as Titans reach their second successive final
NEW DELHI: Gujarat Titans came up with a titanic performance as they edged out the Mumbai Indians by 62 runs on Friday.
Shubman Gill was the star of the show with a scintillating 60-ball 129, while Mohit Sharma, finding his footing at Titans, took five wickets that helped Titans dump MI out of the tournament.
Asked to bat first, in a match delayed by rain, Gill’s breathtaking performance at the majestic Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad helped the Titans post 233 for three.
Gill slammed seven fours and 10 sixes as he scored his third 100 in four innings. The century also put Gill’s tally at 851.
MI needed a performance to remember from their beleaguered superstars. But they failed to come to the party despite Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma offering some resistance, which delayed the inevitable.
Yadav slammed seven fours and two sixes as he posted a 38-ball 61 before becoming Mohit Sharma’s first victim of the night.
Varma was at his rollicking best as he slammed a 14-ball 43 that saw five fours and three sixes.
Varma and Yadav added 52 runs in 3.4 overs, but once Rashid Khan broke the partnership, MI crumbled like a cookie as they lost seven wickets for 99 runs.
Mohit Sharma, who came to bowl only in the 14th over, was the wrecker in chief as he employed his slower deliveries to good effect as he picked up five wickets to seal the fate of the tie. Incidentally, it was Mohit Sharma’s maiden five-wicket haul.
The result also meant that the Hardik Pandya-led Titans, who are the defending champions, will now face Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the second successive final on Sunday.
BRIEF SCORE: Gujarat Titans 233 for 3 (Shubman Gill 129, Sai Sudharsan 43*; Piyush Chawla 1-45) beat Mumbai Indians 171 (Suryakumar Yadav 61, Tilak Varma 43; Mohit Sharma 5-10) by 62 runs