Mumbai Indians (MI) produced a stunning performance against the table-toppers and defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) in Match 57 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.
The 5-time IPL champions registered a 27-run victory and further solidified their position in the points table. Surya Kumar Yadav was the cynosure of all eyes as he scored a fabulous knock of 103* runs and registered his 1st ever IPL hundred.
With this win, Mumbai now moves on to 14 points and they still have 2 more games to play. Rohit Sharma would be a happy and contended captain and would be hoping to win their remaining 2 games too.
In this article, we take a look at the top 3 talking points of the MI vs GT game in the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai:
1. Surya Kumar Yadav’s blistering innings
The batter from Mumbai smashed his 1st hundred in IPL as Mumbai powered themselves to an imposing total of 218 in the first innings. Surya Kumar Yadav played as if he was playing a video game and smashed the bowlers all across the park.
Yadav came in to bat at number 3 and it raining fours and sixes from his blazing blade. Surya Kumar Yadav’s fiery innings was packed with 11 fours and 6 sixes. He had a blistering strike-rate of 210.20.
2. Rashid Khan’s all-round brilliance
The Afghan bowling all-rounder had a terrific night in Mumbai. He firstly bagged 4 wickets with the white-cherry and had a superb economy of 7.50. With the bat, Rashid Khan ensured that Gujarat don’t fall short on their Net Run-Rate (NRR).
He scored an unbeaten knock of 79* runs in just 32 balls and hit 3 fours and 10 sixes. Rashid Khan is an absolute match-winner and is a fantastic player in the Gujarat Titans team.
3. Gujarat’s famed top-order failed to fire
One of the main reasons why Gujarat Titans failed to chase down the total of 219 runs was because their top-order failed to get their bearings right in this game. Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha departed after just scoring 6 and 2 runs respectively.
Skipper Hardik Pandya managed to score just 4 runs in 3 balls and he was sent back to the pavilion by Jason Behrendorff of Mumbai Indians.
Gujarat are heavily dependent on their top-order and this should be a worrying sign for the defending champions. The middle-order wilted under pressure and failed to win the game for them.
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