Another clinical day at the office for the Gujarat Titans, this time, at our own home, against the Mumbai Indians! We ascend to the second spot in the points table with this big win on Tuesday and halfway through the league stages, we now have 10 points in our bag. 

After an early wicket, the skipper walked in at No. 3 and mounted a crucial partnership alongside Shubman Gill. The innings gained some crucial momentum in the sixth over with Gill’s aggressive intent accumulating 17 runs. 

After Hardik’s dismissal, Gill and Shankar kept the scorecard ticking. Our star young batter brought up yet another half-century, his 20th in T20 cricket, once again proving his credentials as one of the best Indian batters right now. 

There were some alarm bells shortly when both the set batters, Gill and Shankar, walked back in quick succession. While one would’ve expected David Miller and Abhinav Manohar to approach this situation with a bit of caution, they went hell for leather.

Manohar exhibited some fantastic power-hitting, clearing his front-leg and smacking it out of the park with ease. Miller joined the party soon as well, with the duo smashing 22 runs off Cameron Green in the 18th over. 

After Manohar was dismissed for a well-compiled 42 off 21 deliveries, Rahul Tewatia walked and hit it out of the park on the first delivery. He smacked another couple of them in the final over, finishing with 207 for six in 20 overs. Our batters amassed 77 runs in the last five overs, taking us to our highest total in TATA IPL.

After the break, skipper Pandya provided a terrific start, getting the better of his opposite number, Rohit Sharma. Mohammad Shami and Pandya kept it very tight in the powerplay, conceding just 29 runs and the pressure paid off immediately after Rashid Khan came into the attack. 

In the eighth over, he sent back Ishan Kishan and Tilak Varma in quick succession to take over the Purple Cap. Our other mystery spinner worked his magic as well soon, dismissing the dangerous duo of Cameron Green and Tim David in a space of two deliveries. 

Noor, who completed 50 T20 wickets on the day, also got the wicket of Suryakumar Yadav off the final ball of his spell. Nehal Wadhera and Piyush Chawla’s partnership delayed our winning moment, but there were too many runs in the bank and we took home two more points.  

Brief Scores 

Gujarat Titans 207/6 in 20 overs (Shubman Gill 56, David Miller 46, Abhinav Manohar 42) beat Mumbai Indians 152/9 in 20 overs (Nehal Wadhera 40, Noor Ahmad 3/37, Rashid Khan 2/27)