The Qualifier 2 of the IPL 2023 saw Gujarat Titans (GT) opener Shubman Gill hammering the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 26 to all parts of the ground enroute to his 3rd century this season.
MI captain Rohit Sharma had won the toss and chose to bowl first. Kumar Karthikeya was included in the XI by MI, while Sai Sudharsan came in for Yash Dayal in GT’s team and Josh Little was also named in impact sub list.
Wriddhiman Saha looked good in his 18-run knock, but was stumped by Ishan Kishan off Piyush Chawla. But then for 10 overs, this was the only wicket they got as Gill began crushing the souls of the MI bowlers.
In a second wicket partnership of 138 runs, Gill slammed 98 runs and Sudharsan made only 38 runs. Gill hammered 10 sixes and 7 fours in his 60-ball 129-run knock as he brought up his 100 in 49 balls.
GT finished on a massive 233/3 in 20 overs with Hardik Pandya contributing 28* in 13 balls.
This was the highest score by a batter in IPL playoffs, bettering Virender Sehwag’s 122 for Punjab side in IPL 2014.
Meanwhile, as he reached his century, he received a warm handshake from MI captain Rohit Sharma, who also patted the young opener on his back.
Another legend, Virat Kohli took to Instagram and posted a story with a star emoji with Shubman Gill’s curtain call celebration.