Gill’s century ensures GT’s playoff position and SRH’s elimination.

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By 18 points following a dominating victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were the second team eliminated after Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Titans became the first team to formally qualify for the playoffs in IPL 2023.

For SRH, what went wrong?

They encountered Shubman Gill in a silken touch, and they later took the brunt of a vicious Mohammed Shami spell, which ended the chase in the powerplay.

Shubman Gill hasn’t answered back.

SRH had started well with the ball, having chosen to do so, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting Wriddhiman Saha caught behind for a duck. But the pressure was almost immediately reversed as Gill went berserk inside the powerplay, which was kickstarted by four consecutive boundaries off Fazalhaq Farooqi, who erred in length. That was also followed by the spinners erring early as Gill reeled off boundaries to bring up his fifty, his fifth of the season, off just 22 balls.

Second string Sai Sudharsan

Sai Sudharsan was playing a patient hand for him as Gill stormed off. Sudharsan, who replaced the injured Vijay Shankar, made the most of his opportunity by scoring 47 runs as part of a 147-run partnership for the second wicket.

Hope quickly disappears

Mohammed Shami proved to be particularly challenging to escape as the surface seemed to get faster under the lights. Prior to Rahul Tripathi being caught in the slip cordon, he first had Anmolpreet Singh holing out to the deep on the offside. Soon after, SRH was in ruins thanks to skipper Aiden Markram’s leading edge to cover and Yash Dayal’s strike to remove Abhishek Sharma from the game. The powerplay had clearly gone in GT’s favour at 45/4.

Defeated by the skilled of Mohit Sharma

Any expectations of resistance from the middle order were dashed when they were all defeated by the skilled Mohit Sharma. Sanvir Singh, Marco Jansen, and Abdul Samad were all unsuccessful in their attempts to hit the pacer because it proved to be tough to do so. The pursuit was basically finished at 59/7, and it appeared that SRH’s season ended as well.

A final challenge for GT

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Heinrich Klaasen’s 68 off 47 for the eighth wicket gave rise to the possibility of an unlikely victory. Before becoming Shami’s fourth victim of the match by holing out to long off and effectively ending SRH’s chances for the season, Klaasen, who had scored his second fifty of the year, was smart with his strokeplay. He also produced an eye-catching loft over cover off Rashid Khan during the course of his 44-ball 64.

Short scores: Gujarat Titans 188/9 defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad 154/9 (Heinrich Klaasen 64; Mohammed Shami 4/20, Mohit Sharma 4/28) by 34 runs (Shubman Gill 101, Sai Sudharsan 47; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5/30).

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