GT vs MI, Qualifier 2 at Ahmedabad, IPL, May 26 2023 - Ball by Ball Commentary

Qualifier 2 (N), Ahmedabad, May 26, 2023, Indian Premier League
(18.2/20 ov, T:234) 171

GT won by 62 runs

Player Of The Match
129 (60)
Cricinfo's MVP
195.5 ptsImpact List
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Gill's perfect turns the IPL 2023 final into a rematch of Qualifier 1. This time, it'll be the Gujarat Titans at home, taking on Chennai Super Kings. Titans have the chance to be the first IPL franchise to win the league in their first two attempts. For now, it's goodbye from me, Ekanth, my co-commentator, Deivarayan Muthu, and our scorers, Thilak Rama and Venkat Raghav.

Lots of content in from today's game to check out. Hemant's match report is up. Here are Rohit's post-match quotes, reactions to Shubman Gill's 129 and Sampath's stats highlights.

KS: "MI fans be like: Gill giveth, Gill taketh.. (beating RCB in league and MI in Q2)"

Shubman Gill, POTM: Playing ball-to-ball, assessing the situation is important. The over I hit three sixes is where I felt it was my day. It was a good wicket to bat on and I wanted to maximise scoring. (On six hitting) Not a conscious decision, you want to keep evolving. Belief is more important, helps when you're coming off a good international season. Success has been a combination of a lot of things. WI tour last year began change. I was injured in 2021 which is when I worked on my batting I made technical changes as well. (Handling expectations) It doesn't matter when you make your way into the playing field. This is my best innings so far in the IPL.

Hardik Pandya, GT Captain: Lot of hard work has gone behind it, guys have worked hard and their success is reflecting. Shubman's clarity and amazing innings is what's keeping him on top. He wasn't rushed or not in control at any point. He's a superstar who will do big things for the franchise and the country. My job is to keep the boys in a good space. Everyone has taken responsibility which has been fantastic. Rashid has been amazing, especially when we've not been in a commanding position. Irrespective of the result, if we play our best cricket we should do well in the final.

Stat from Sampath: MI in IPL 2023:

Six times scored 200-plus - Most by a team in an IPL edition

Six times conceded 200-plus - Most by a team in an IPL edition

Rajkumar Lingav: "Early preparation for Green, Rohit, SKY, Ishan for WTC. Gill, Bharat, Shami, Rahane and Jaddu will join little late."

Mohit Sharma, 5 for 10: I was lucky to have taken a quick five-for. Ball was skidding well even in the chase, looked like game will slip when SKY and Tilak got going. I thought I wouldn't experiment when SKY's batting as that's what we studied ahead of the game. We were okay being hit for six sixes off length balls as that's more difficult. Match wasn't over after SKY was out but there was relief and we were at comfort. The game wasn't over till the last ball, we've learned in the past that it's not over till then.

Rohit Sharma, MI Captain: Shubman batted well, wicket was good. They got 20-25 extra. We were positive after the first-half. Greeny and Surya batted well but we lost our way. We wanted to give it a good crack, be positive. We couldn't get going in the powerplay. We wanted one batter, like Gujarat did, and take the game deep where anything can happen on a good pitch and a ground with a small boundary. But credit to GT, who played well. Kishan's concussion was unexpected. It was a last-minute change. We had to adapt, to different conditions and situations. Not looking at that though. Playing this game, qualifying and coming this far is big, the batting has been a big positive we can take into the next season. All the bowling teams have been challenged. We had a great performance last game. We have to credit Shubman. I hope he continues that form (laughs). Tim's been given a role this season, I wanted to send Vishnu up. It didn't work out today.

Arun Prakash : "Can't blame the toss. MI chose chasing because that's what they were good at in a batting pitch throughout this season. They were just outplayed by a masterclass innings by Gill. Also, some forced injuries for MI made it an one sided game! "

Bala: "See purple cap table ..all top three are from GT Shami -28 , Rashid-27 and Mohit -24"

11:57pm: Titans move on from their Qualifier 1 slip-up with a thumping win, thanks mainly to being the Gillionaire franchise. Sachin Tendulkar praises him in the post-match handshakes. MI came into the mammoth chase with a disadvantage, losing Ishan Kishan to concussion. Nehal Wadhera's promotion to the top didn't work, Rohit missed out too. Shami was the new-ball striker. Green went back retired hurt after being hit in the forearm, Tilak skyrocketed a cameo that kept them in the chase. Green came back, joined SKY who was working his way from mistiming balls to closing in on nearing his best. But Rashid, despite being more expensive than usual, kept his run rate well under the asking rate. Noor did as well. Little and Mohit came on late, the former took out Green and when the latter knocked over SKY, the game was effectively done.

Mohit to Kartikeya, OUT

Titans are in their second consecutive final, Miller seals it and Mohit's five-for with a boundary catch at long-on. He continues his joint-handed prayers. Delight in GT's dugout. It was a full ball that Kartikeya pumped straight. Decent hit but couldn't clear the fielder, took it around head-height.

Kumar Kartikeya c Miller b Sharma 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 10m) SR: 85.71
Mohit to Behrendorff, 1 run

Full on fourth stump, swept to long-on

end of over 186 runs
MI: 170/9CRR: 9.44 RRR: 32.00 • Need 64 runs from 12b
Kumar Kartikeya6 (6b 1x4)
Jason Behrendorff2 (4b)
Josh Little 3-0-26-1
Mohit Sharma 2-0-9-4
Little to Kartikeya, no run

Kartikeya clears the leg tries to slog it wide of mid-on. The fullish ball angles away and beats the bat

Little to Kartikeya, FOUR runs

Little yells as Kartikeya french cuts it to the deep-fine boundary. The batter made room and tried to pull it off a length, went off the underegde

Vysakh: "Had posted this earlier too. Both captains went wrong about what to do if they won they toss. Hardik just got lucky that he lost the toss"

Little to Behrendorff, 1 run

Full on leg, stays further down leg and works the 141kph ball to long-on

Little to Behrendorff, no run

Length outside off, slapped to cover

Amit Dave: "I am from Ahmedabad and living in Toronto, that's the problem of this ground , only one road to the city, it will take one hour for first 5 five kilometers now"

Little to Behrendorff, no run

Ducks under a bouncer going right over him

Little to Kartikeya, 1 run

Backs away and drives the length ball along the ground through cover

end of over 173 runs • 2 wickets
MI: 164/9CRR: 9.64 RRR: 23.33 • Need 70 runs from 18b
Kumar Kartikeya1 (3b)
Jason Behrendorff1 (1b)
Mohit Sharma 2-0-9-4
Rashid Khan 4-0-33-2

People are walking out the ground in large numbers.

Karthik Iyappan: "Mohit Sharma is doing what Madhwal did to LSG in eliminator .."

Mohit to Kartikeya, 1 run

Run-out chance, Sudharsan misses the direct hit at the non-striker's end from a few metres away. Fullish ball outside off was defended towards cover, went a couple of pitches away as the fielder ran in. Got the ball, took aim and missed it

Mohit to Kartikeya, no run

Bouncer looked like it was slow but came at 130kph. Kartikeya swivelled on the pull and missed it

Mohit to Behrendorff, 1 run

Two more stopped by Miller, this time to the left at long-on. It was a length ball that was pumped down the ground

Mohit to Chawla, OUT

Skier. Miller runs across from long-on, takes a sliding catch to give Mohit a four-for. Another back-of-hander. This tie on off, Chawla tried to mow it across the line, got a top edge. It was in the air for a while, Pandya, running from long-off, allowed Miller to go for it. Miller then charged to his diagonal right and did well to take it low.

Piyush Chawla c Miller b Sharma 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 0
Mohit to Kartikeya, 1 leg bye

In-betwee length just down leg, beats the flick and deflects off the pad towards square leg

Mohit to Jordan, OUT

Mohit's back-of-hand slower ball is driven straight to long-off, he has a three-for in seven balls. It was full, Jordan was too early into the shot and ended up kinda chipping it without conviction. Easy take for Sudharsan.

Chris Jordan c Sai Sudharsan b Sharma 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 7m) SR: 40
end of over 165 runs • 1 wicket
MI: 161/7CRR: 10.06 RRR: 18.25 • Need 73 runs from 24b
Chris Jordan2 (4b)
Piyush Chawla0 (1b)
Rashid Khan 4-0-33-2
Mohit Sharma 1-0-7-2

VS: "Haha, I wish my previous comment was posted just before the start of this over...:/" Here it is: "Bring back Rashid next over, take out Tim David, and go home sleep early, simple!"

Despondent faces in the MI camp.

Rashid Khan to Jordan, 1 run

Length down leg, flicked to long leg

Rashid Khan to Jordan, no run

Length outside off, cut to backward point

Rashid Khan to Jordan, 1 wide

Fullish ball is down leg

Rashid Khan to Chawla, 1 leg bye

Fullish ball is down leg, Kartikeya tries to nudge it. Goes off the pad to short fine. LBW appeal is turned down

Rashid Khan to David, OUT

Rashid's celebrappeal for lbw is upheld, David reviews immediately. David went back deep in his crease, his back leg was outside off and front leg way down leg. He crouched as he tried to pull it. The ball was on the shorter side and was the topspinner. Is there an underedge? No, this looks dead. Yup, three reds it is. David goes.

Tim David lbw b Rashid Khan 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 6m) SR: 66.66
Rashid Khan to Jordan, 1 run

Full on leg, flicked to deep square leg. Pace: 94.5kph

Win Probability
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Over 19 • MI 171/10

Kumar Kartikeya c Miller b Sharma 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 10m) SR: 85.71
GT won by 62 runs
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