GT vs MI, IPL 2024: Gujarat Titans Prevail Under New Captain Shubman Gill, Mumbai Indians’ First Match Jinx Continues


Mumbai Indians' unimaginative batting tactics in the death overs led Shubman Gill to make an auspicious debut as Gujarat Titans captain with a thrilling six-run win in their opening IPL match in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Jasprit Bumrah (3/14) was at his best in his first IPL game in two years, with his express yorkers to help Mumbai Indians restrict Gujarat Titans to 168/6. But Bumrah's efforts were not enough as batsmen like Tilak Verma and captain Hardik Pandya failed to match his talent. MI finished on 162/9 as things turned sour when they needed 43 runs from the last five overs with seven wickets in hand.

Thus MI failed to break their early game dilemma. The last time they won their IPL opener was in 2012 against Chennai Super Kings.

While spinners Rashid Khan (0/23 in 4 overs) and R Sai Kishore (1/24) did little with the ball despite the dew, veteran Mohit Sharma (2/32) showed off his variety with a variety of slower balls. Used. To turn the match around.

Spencer Joshson (2/25) and Umesh Yadav (2/32) bowled brilliantly in the 19th and 20th overs as Hardik Pandya sent himself down to number 7 in the batting order, which will require explanation. He definitely hit a six and a four in the last over but Umesh had a laugh in the last over.

Even Tilak Verma's refusal to give a single to Tim David is beyond belief.

MI lost their first wicket without scoring any runs as Ishan Kishan failed to open his account, caught by Wriddhiman Saha off the bowling of Azmatullah Umrazai (2/27) as the fast bowler bowled him some excellent swing. . After testing Kishan with an inswinger, Umarzai got one to go away and the batsman could only edge it to the keeper.

Newcomer Naman Dhir started off with a number of fours, leaving the likes of Ravi Shastri excited in the commentary box as experts discussed the best possible combination for India in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

After Dheer hit three fours and a six, Umarzai had the last laugh as the Afghan opted for a review after the on-field umpire thought otherwise, following which the batsman was declared LBW.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma (43 off 29 balls) found one on the slot and flicked it to Umesh Yadav over mid-wicket for a maximum run as MI reached 52/2 at the end of the powerplay.

Dewald Brevis (46 off 38 balls) was also in form and South Africa hit sixes off Rashid Khan, Spencer Johnson and Sai Kishore, taking MI closer to the target of 169.

However, Sai Kishore trapped Rohit and Impact sub Mohit caught and bowled Brevis to bring GT back into the contest.

Tilak Verma (25 off 19) was out in an attempt to push the pace, and MI skipper Hardik Pandya also failed to complete the chase after coming close.

Earlier, young left-hander B Sai Sudarshan top-scored for GT with 45 off 39 balls while Rahul Tewatia scored 22 off 15 balls lower down the order.

But the evening undoubtedly belonged to Bumrah, who missed the entire last edition due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

He dismissed David Miller and Sudarshan in the space of three balls in the 17th over but it did not help the final result.

Recognizing that there might be dew in the evening, new MI captain Hardik Pandya invited GT to bat first, and Shubman Gill, in his first game as captain, was up to the task.

Looking to make an impact against his former team, Pandya opened the bowling and Wriddhiman Saha (19) started GT's campaign with a four by bowling a wide ball through the off side.

Against Gill, Pandya made a mistake on the line and the stylish batsman used his wrists to hit a four off his pads as the MI captain followed up his surprise move to start the proceedings at the expense of one of the best bowlers in the world. Gave 11 runs. ,Jasprit Bumrah.

As Saha got some useful boundaries, Gill hit the fence with complete ease as GT was off to a flyer.

However, Bumrah's introduction in the fourth over brought immediate success for MI as the lead pacer sent Saha back with an express yorker that hit the base of middle stump. The former India stumper could not bring his bat down in time.

Spin was brought in Shams Mulani and Gill returned to hit the left-arm spinner through cover for four. The GT skipper then got down on one foot to hit a huge six over deep square-leg to slog-sweep Mullani.

Piyush Chawla bowled an economical first over, although GT scored 47 runs for the loss of one wicket in the powerplay.

Chawla moved forward and Gill tried to spoil his rhythm, but failed. He danced on the ground to loft the ball, but was unable to get the required height as Rohit Sharma, who is not usually seen fielding in such conditions, looked to complete a neat catch in the deep. Tested it thoroughly.

The experienced Chawla trapped the big fish with a googly as Gill (31 off 22 balls) walked back after winking, much to the relief of the crowd of Mumbai supporters at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

However, Sai Sudarshan was determined to pick up where he left off with a brilliant inning of 96 in the title clash against CSK last season, letting MI know they had their work cut out for them.

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