GT vs SRH, IPL 2024: Mohit Sharma’s Masterclass, David Miller’s Brilliance Propel Gujarat Titans To Win Over SunRisers Hyderabad

Mar31,2024



Putting up an all-round performance, Gujarat Titans defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Experienced seamer Mohit Sharma was at his best with impressive figures of 3/25 in the last over, while Afghan spin twins Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed dominated the middle overs as GT after Pat Cummins reduced SRH to 162/8. Stopped on minor score. Opted to bat. SRH must have been disappointed with themselves after posting an astonishing score of 277 runs for five wickets in their last match.

South African batsman David Miller, despite cramps, chased the small target by playing an unbeaten inning of 44 runs in 27 balls and ended the game by hitting a six off Jaydev Unadkat on the first ball of the last over.

Sai Sudarshan also upped his game, top-scoring for GT with 45 off 36 balls as GT won with five balls to spare.

GT has now won both its matches at home. Their only defeat came in an away match against Chennai Super Kings.

SRH have suffered two losses and have two points from three matches with one win.

Chasing a small target on their home ground, GT had things under control and Wriddhiman Saha did the job of setting the tone. He hit a four off Bhuvneshwar Kumar and then pulled Jaydev Unadkat to square leg.

But Saha could not make the best of his start and was dismissed by Shahbaz Ahmed for 25 runs.

After leading at nine runs an over, GT suddenly struggled to pace the innings and Sai Sudarshan was generally slow at one end.

Gill looked fluent at the other end, but Sudarshan was unable to rotate the strike and conceded too many balls, increasing the pressure on his captain.

Gill eventually lost his wicket and was dismissed in soft dismissal by Abdul Samad at long on.

With Miller also struggling to get going, the Cummins-led side fancied their chances at the halfway mark, where GT were 78/2, needing 85 from back-10.

Having scored 18 runs off 20 balls, Tamil Nadu youngster Sudarshan once again found himself at the receiving end as he opened the charge against Unadkat in the 12th over, hitting a boundary off the left-arm pacer.

Miller also came into action soon and the small target did not help SRH.

After scoring a record 277 runs in their last game, SRH were looking good at 56/1 inside the power-play, but the young and experienced Afghan pair of Noor (1/32) and Rashid (1/33) took the lead in the match. Changed. This decider is in the 7-15th over phase.

Noor dismissed in-form SRH opener Travis Head (19) while Rashid sent back the explosive Heinrich Klaasen (24) before he edged one to long-on to see the back of Aiden Markram (17). Took a brilliant forward-diving catch.

After dismissing in-form Abhishek Sharma in the 10th over, Mohit returned his spark in the death overs by taking two in two balls – Shahbaz Ahmed (22) and Washington Sundar (0).

The 35-year-old cleverly varied his pace, bowled wide yorkers and slower off-cutters to restrict SRH in the final over which resulted in three runs for three wickets, including the run out of Abdul Samad (29).

The 2014 Purple Cap winner and 2015 World Cup semi-finalist, Mohit, who returned from obscurity in GT two seasons ago, conceded only one boundary – a six – in his four overs.

SRH could score only 40 runs in the last five overs and lost five wickets.

After plundering runs at an astonishing pace in their last game, the Orange Army had little hesitation in batting first and dictating the pace of the game with the heads up.

The Australian left-hander continued to attack while Mayank Agarwal (16) once again looked out of sorts before being dismissed by Azmatullah Omarzai.

Last match's hero Abhishek hit two sixes on Rashid from both sides and this brought back memories of his last match's partnership with Head.

But left-arm wrist spinner Noor bowled a brilliant first over to bring SRH back in the lead.

Devastating in-form SRH opener Head swept the slog as the 19-year-old Afghan spinner rubbed him the wrong way. The ball pitched on his off-stump and turned sharply and hit the middle-stump.

With Rashid conceding just four runs in the second over, the runs suddenly fell short as both wrist spinners bowled brilliantly to contain SRH.

Gill's captaincy masterstroke to bowl Mohit in the 10th over resulted in another wicket when the experienced seamer dismissed the well-set Abhishek (29).

The left-handed batsman edged it straight to Gill at extra cover, in what looked to be an ideal set-up for the young Indian batsman.

But Klaasen ensured the peace did not last long as he charged young Noor with two slog sweeps to the midwicket boundary in his last over.

However, Rashid had the last laugh when he cut short the innings of SRH's six-hitting machine Klaasen in the 14th over.

The South African completely missed Rashid's googly, which was clean bowled at the end of the game.

In the next over, Rashid made all the difference with his brilliant diving catch in the deep to dismiss Aiden Markram (17).

Markram took command of Yadav's slower ball and Rashid raced forward at long-on, adjusting at the last moment to fall forward and take a brilliant diving catch.

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