A sensational batting display from Shubman Gill, followed by an incredible bowling performance from Mohit Sharma, saw Gujarat Titans knock out Mumbai Indians by a massive margin of 62 runs in the Qualifier 2 of Indian Premier League 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The visitors won the toss and opted to bowl first. GT got off to a good start as Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill added 54 runs for the first wicket. Wriddhiman Saha got dismissed by Piyush Chawla in the seventh over.
However, Gill kept the scoreboard ticking, as he along with Sai Sudharsan, added 138 runs for the second wicket. Gill (129 off 60) rose to his third IPL century before getting dismissed by Akash Madhwal. His magnificent knock included seven fours and ten sixes. Cameos from Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan at the end helped MI post a huge total of 233 in 20 overs.
In response, both the MI openers lost their wickets cheaply Inside the powerplay. Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma then added 51 runs for the third wicket, before Rashid broke the partnership by sending Tilak back for 43 runs. Suryakumar continued his run and smashed 61 runs off 38 balls, before getting dismissed by Mohit Sharma.
Cameron Green got dismissed for 30 runs as well to add to Mumbai's woes. As other MI players failed to contribute with the bat and kept giving away wickets at regular intervals, MI lost the match by 62 runs, thus making way for Gujarat to become the first team to play two consecutive IPL Finals in the first two seasons of their existence.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from the Qualifier Two clash between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2023:
233 -GT registered the highest total in IPL playoffs, bettering the previous best 226, scored by PBKS against CSK in 2014.
129 - Gill smashed 129 runs, which is the highest score by a batter in IPL Playoffs. Virender Sehwag and Shane Watson are in the second and third positions, with scores of 122 and 117*, respectively.
10 – Gill has now struck the joint most sixes (ten) for GT in an innings along with Rashid Khan. He himself smashed eight maximums against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Banglore this season to also conquer the second spot on that list.
129 - Shubman Gill (129) registered the second-highest score by an Indian batter in IPL. KL Rahul tops the list with his 132* against RCB in 2020.
111 - Shubman Gill smashed 111 boundaries in the ongoing edition, which is the second most by an Indian batter in any IPL season. Virat Kohli tops the list with 122 boundaries in 2016.
28 - Mohammed Shami has picked 28 wickets in the ongoing edition of the IPL, which is the second most by an Indian bowler in a single IPL season. Harshal Patel tops the list with 32 wickets claimed in 2021.
138 – Shubman Gill and Sai Sudharsan recorded the third-highest partnership of 138 in the history of IPL Playoffs. The pair of Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay tops the list with 159 against RCB in 2011, followed by Hussey and Suresh Raina in the second position with 140* against DC in 2013.
233 -GT registered their highest total in IPL, bettering their previous best of 227 against LSG in the ongoing edition.
851 - Shubman Gill scored 851 runs in the ongoing edition, which is the third most runs by a batter in a single IPL season. Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler are in the first and second positions with 973 and 863, respectively.
3 – GT became the third team to qualify for consecutive IPL Finals after CSK and MI.
10 - Shubman Gill has now struck the most sixes (ten) in an IPL playoffs innings.
Most sixes in an IPL playoffs innings
10 - Shubman Gill (GT) vs MI at Ahmedabad in 2023
8 - Wriddhiman Saha (PBKS) vs KKR at Bengaluru in 2014
8 - Chris Gayle (RCB) vs SRH at Bengaluru in 2016
8 - Virender Sehwag (PBKS) vs CSK at Mumbai in 2014
8 - Shane Watson (CSK) vs SRH at Mumbai in 2018
605 - Suryakumar Yadav has scored 605 runs in the ongoing edition of the IPL, which is the second-most runs by an MI batter in a single IPL season. Sachin Tendulkar's 618 in 2010 tops the list.
5/10 – Mohit Sharma (5/10) scripted the best bowling figures for GT in IPL, and is followed by Mohammed Shami's 4/11 against DC in 2023.
2 - Mohit Sharma registered figures of 5/10, which is the second-best bowling figure in IPL 2023. Akash Madhwal tops the list with 5/5 against LSG which came in the previous game.
24* - Mohit Sharma has now picked 24 wickets, which is the most wickets taken by Mohit Sharma in an IPL season. His previous best came in 2014 when he claimed 23 wickets.
2 - Mohit Sharma (5/10) scripted the second-best bowling figures in IPL playoffs, as Akash Madhwal tops the list with 5/5 against LSG in the ongoing edition.
1- GT become the first team to reach consecutive finals in their first two IPL seasons.
2 – Mohit Sharma has picked 5/10 in 2.2 overs, which is the second least overs ever bowled to take a five-wicket haul in IPL. Andre Russell tops the list with his claim of 5/15 in two overs against MI in 2021.
13 - Mohit Sharma has picked 13 wickets in the last three IPL matches in Ahmedabad.
Mohit Sharma in the last three IPL matches in Ahmedabad:
5/10 (2.2) vs MI
4/28 (4) vs SRH
4/29 (4) vs LSG