Shooting his third century of the season, Gill’s explosive 60-ball 129 proved too much for Mumbai as the Titans became the third team in tournament history to reach back-to-back finals after the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai.
The Titans’ win means they will once again face four-time champions CSK in Sunday’s final to whom they lost in Qualifier 1.
After Gill’s dazzling effort with the bat led the Titans to a whopping 234 for three, pacer Mohit Sharma took the Mumbai chase, posting impressive figures of 5 for 10 as Rohit Sharna and company were bowled out for 171 in 18.2 overs.
After a Gill blitz that included 7 fours and 10 sixes propelled the Titans to a massive total, Mumbai, battered by a series of injuries, went down struggling in Qualifier 2 with Suryakumar Yadav (61) and Tilak Varma (43) providing the endurance.
Mohit, featured in the 15 over, finished with figures of 2.2-0-10-5, sparking a collapse as MI collapsed from 149/4 in 14 overs to 171 overall.
The 23-year-old Gill scored his third century in the last four innings, recording the highest score of the season for any batsman and taking his tally to 851 runs in another sensational strike.
Gill’s whirlwind strike made him only the second Indian batsman after Virat Kohli (2016) and fourth overall in history, after Jos Buttler (2022) and David Warner (2016), to score more than 800 runs in one ipl season.
Chasing 234, MI were forced to reshuffle their batting line-up with Ishan Kishan substituted after he ran into Chris Jordan during the first innings change of overs and injured his eye.
Rohit Sharma was also hit in the hand while fielding and Cameron Green had to retire briefly hurt after being hit on the left forearm by Hardik Pandya.
Mohammad Shami caused trouble early for Mumbai, getting rid of makeshift openers Nehal Wadhera (4) and Rohit (8), but Varma took over spearheading India and GT pace, hitting four fours and sixes to rack up 24 runs in the fifth.
However, Varma’s barrage did not last long as Rashid Khan cleaned it out after a 14-ball 43 (5x4s, 3x6s). MI got to 72 for three after the power play.
Suryakumar and Green kept the scoring going with their fourth wicket stand taking MI past the 100-run mark at 10, but at 12, Josh Little ended their hold by cleaning up the Australian.
Green hit four fours and two sixes on his 30-for-20 ball.
Suryakumar tried to deepen the game on 61 for 38 balls with seven fours and two sixes, but lost the leg stump trying to hit Mohit Sharma in the thin leg region.
Mohit struck again to remove Vishnu Vinod (5) in the same over and Rashid closed the doors on MI with Tim David’s wicket (2) in the 16th.
Earlier, Gill started strong and turned brutal in the second half of the innings, adding 138 runs for the second wicket with B Sai Sudharsan, who happily played second fiddle with a 31-ball 43 before retiring.
Gill hit three sixes against the hero of the last MI game, Akash Madhwal (1/53), in the 12th to cross the 800-run mark.
He hit his 32-ball fifty with two sixes and three fours and unleashed a flurry of sixes against closers and spinners alike here at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Gill also surpassed Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 124 from 62 balls to record the highest individual score this season, with the Mumbai Indians on the receiving end on both occasions.
In the process, the 23-year-old also edged out RCB’s Faf du Plessis (730 runs) to claim the Orange Cap.
Furthermore, Gill’s 129 surpassed Virender Sehwag’s 122 against Chennai Super Kings in the 2014 season as the highest score for a batsman in the IPL playoffs.
After a 30-minute delay to the start due to rain, GT had gotten off to a smooth start.
A vital moment had come late in the sixth when Tim David mid-race dropped a catch to provide Gill with a life saver, with GT ending the power play at 50/0.
Gill certainly had luck on his side as twice in as many balls he managed to survive, in front of Kumar Kartikeya.
After Kishan failed to get the batsman out who had gone down the lane and had an inside edge deflecting the ball into his pads, Gill hit the next pitch into the air only to find the ball landing too close to the fielder at the middle. of the wicket.
(With contributions from PTI)
Leave a Reply