Indian Premier League: Shubman Gill propels Gujarat Titans to IPL final with win over Mumbai Indians | Cricket News
Gujarat Titans crushed Mumbai Indians to set up an Indian Premier League final against Chennai Super Kings.
The final will take place on Sunday – live on Sky – when Gujarat try to retain the title in their stronghold of Narendra Modi Stadium, while Chennai try to equal Mumbai’s record five titles.
Shubman Gill smashed a masterful third century IPL and fast bowler Mohit Sharma took 5-10 for Gujarat to win by 62 points with 10 balls to spare.
Gujarat went 233-3 after fly-half Gill hit 10 sixes and seven fours in a stunning 129 on 60 balls. Mumbai were all out for 171 after Mohit Sharma took four wickets from nine and finished the game with his fifth.
Gill captivated over 75,000 viewers with power workouts, sweeping strokes, pulling strokes and movies. It was at 30 when Tim David missed a tough catch chance midway through, Cameron Green later missed another chance when he couldn’t hold on to a tough return catch.
Gill ended his half-century with 32 balls. He hit three sixes into over-speeding bowler Akash Madhwal, who came back 5-5 in his last game to knock out the Lucknow Super Giants but finished 1-56 here.
“The most (in which) I hit three sixes is where I felt like it was my day,” Gill said. “I wanted to maximize the score. Belief is more important. (It) helps when you come out of a good international season. It’s my best run so far in the IPL.”
The hundred was hit on 49 balls as Gill topped a second wicket for 138 with Sai Sudharsan (43). Gill took his run total to an IPL-leading 851 before breaking through the middle of David’s deep wicket in the 17th.
Mumbai’s pursuit was quickly hampered when Mohammed Shami (2-41) fired impact player Nehal Wadhera and captain Rohit Sharma in their first two overs.
Green hit three limit sixes and fives in his 43 and kept Mumbai ahead at race pace at the halfway point. But after Suryakumar Yadav was beaten by Sharma for 61 from 38 balls, Mumbai’s collapse was swift, with their last seven wickets for 47 runs.
“We lost our way,” Sharma said. “We have to credit Shubman (and) hopefully he continues in this form.”