In Match 62 of TATA IPL at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Shubman Gill, Mohd. Shami, and Mohit Sharma delivered exceptional performances, propelling the Gujarat Titans to the Play-offs with a comprehensive victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Gill shone brightly with his first-ever IPL century, scoring 101 off 58 balls, including 13 fours and a six. Supported by Sai Sudharsan’s 47 off 36, GT posted a competitive total of 188/9 despite Bhuvneshwar’s impressive five-wicket haul (5/31). Shami (4/21) and Mohit (4/24) then dismantled the SRH batting order, limiting them to 154/9. Despite Heinrich Klaasen’s fighting effort of 64 off 44, GT became the first team to qualify for the Play-offs.
During the chase of 189, SRH suffered an early setback, losing three wickets in the Powerplay. Anmolpreet Singh, the Impact Player, was dropped at slip by Rahul Tewatia off the second ball from Mohd. Shami but was caught at third man three deliveries later. Yash Dayal, also an Impact Player, dismissed Abhishek Sharma, while Shami claimed the wicket of Rahul Tripathi. Shami continued his impressive spell, taking his third wicket by removing Markram. SRH struggled at 45/4 after the Powerplay.
Mohit Sharma joined the attack and swiftly sent Sanvir Singh back to the pavilion, caught at third man. Abdul Samad hit a boundary but fell victim to Mohit’s slower ball, caught at short mid-wicket. Jansen’s miscue led to his dismissal, caught by Hardik Pandya at mid-off. Amidst the chaos, Klaasen reached his fifty off 35 balls. Although he was dropped earlier, Shami dismissed him for 64 off 44, caught at long off. Shami finished with excellent figures of 4-0-21-4. With an insurmountable target of 62 runs needed off 18 balls, and the last recognized batter dismissed, GT secured victory. Markande hit a six and a four off Mohit, but Bhuvneshwar’s wicket fell two balls later, giving Mohit his fourth scalp. SRH ended at 154/9.
Earlier, SRH captain Aiden Markram chose to bowl after winning the toss. They made two changes, bringing in Sanvir Singh and Marco Jansen for Anmolpreet Singh and Glenn Phillips. GT made three changes, introducing Sai Sudharsan, Shubman Gill, and Dasun Shanaka (debutant), replacing Abhinav Manohar, Vijay Shankar, and Alzarri Joseph. Yash Dayal, KS Bharat, Darshan Nalkande, Sai Kishore, and Shivam Mavi were named as GT’s substitutes.
GT’s innings started chaotically as Bhuvneshwar dismissed Wriddhiman Saha in the first over. Sudharsan survived multiple run-out chances, benefiting from missed direct hits. Sudharsan and Gill accelerated, hitting boundaries off Bhuvneshwar and Farooqi. Gill reached his half-century off just 22 balls, and GT scored 65/1 in the Powerplay. Despite SRH’s attempts to restrict the run rate, GT reached 103/1 at the halfway mark. Sudharsan added impetus by hitting a six and a four off Jansen’s no ball and free-hit. Gill continued his assault, smashing a six and a four in the next over. Sudharsan survived a caught and bowled chance. However, he eventually fell to Jansen, caught by Natarajan at short third man, ending the 147-run partnership. GT lost two quick wickets as Bhuvneshwar dismissed Hardik Pandya and Miller. Farooqi claimed Tewatia’s wicket, caught by Jansen. Gill achieved his maiden IPL century but was caught by Bhuvneshwar at extra cover, scoring 101 off 58 balls. Bhuvneshwar took two more wickets, and GT’s innings concluded at 188/9.
SRH included Anmolpreet Singh as their Impact Player in the 20th over, replacing T Natarajan, while GT introduced Yash Dayal as their Impact Player, replacing centurion Shubman Gill, at the start of the second innings.