Gujarat Titans

Gujarat Titans keep their tournament hopes alive with a 35-run victory, showcasing their potential to upset teams like Chennai with a strong performance led by Shubman Gill and Sai Sudarshan.

Sai Sudharsan partnered with Shubman Gill to open the innings for Gujarat Titans, delivering a solid foundation in the first 10 overs after Chennai Super Kings elected to bowl first. Sudharsan reached his half-century in 32 balls, with the team surpassing the 100-run mark in the 10th over. Their partnership flourished, setting a new record for Gujarat Titans’ highest partnership, crossing 148 runs.

Both batters secured centuries before Sudharsan was dismissed for 103 off 51 balls, followed by Gill’s departure for 104 off 55 balls in the 18th over. Their partnership of 210 runs equaled the IPL’s highest-ever stand. With a late flourish from David Miller, Gujarat Titans posted a formidable total of 231/3 in 20 overs.

Chennai faced a daunting chase of 232 runs, but their hopes dwindled early as Rachin Ravindra got run out in the first over, followed swiftly by Ajinkya Rahane. Despite Ruturaj Gaikwad’s attempt to stabilize at number 3, he fell to a superb catch by Rashid Khan. Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali then formed a vital partnership, both scoring half-centuries, but their dismissals halted Chennai’s momentum after adding 109 runs together. With little time to rebuild, Shivam Dube’s cameo was brief before Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni provided late fireworks, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a significant 35-run defeat.

Gujarat Titans impressed early with the ball, as David Miller’s sharp run-out and Sandeep Warrier’s immediate wicket set the tone. However, their momentum waned in the middle overs, with the spinners leaking runs. Mohit Sharma’s crucial breakthroughs, including key dismissals and the prized wicket of Shivam Dube, revived Gujarat’s fortunes. Rashid’s late strikes further confirmed their win, removing Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner in quick succession.

Last Updated on May 10, 2024

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