Pacer Daniel Sams showed a tremendous temper when he conceded just three runs in the last over to help the Mumbai Indians achieve an astonishing five-run victory over table top player Gujarat Titans in an IPL match on Saturday . MI were seemingly off and on with the Titans’ starting pair of Wriddhiman Saha (55 off 40 balls) and Shubman Gill (52 off 36 balls) sharing a 106-run partnership in 12.1 overs while chasing 178. However, the Titans continued to lose wickets, including two crucial runs, as they needed nine runs in the last over to win the game. They could only score three, losing one wicket to drop to their second consecutive defeat of the season.
For MI, who were already out of contention for a playoff spot, it was only their second win of the season as they stayed down.
With the choice to bowl, Gujarat limited MI to 177 for six, despite quick innings from the first pair of Rohit Sharma (43 off 28 balls) and Ishan Kishan (45 off 29 balls) and Tim David (44 off 21 balls). ).
Rashid Khan was the most successful bowler for the Titans with his two wickets for 24, while Pradeep Sangwan and Lockie Ferguson each got one. Alzarri Joseph also took a wicket, but he blossomed 41 runs in his four overs.
Saha chased 178 and looked in full flow as he struck two fours and a six off Jasprit Bumrah’s first over, before smashing Riley Meredith for two boundaries.
Shubman Gill swept Murugan Ashwin for a six, before picking up another four when the fifty-run stand came in a quick time, taking the Titans to 54 for one of six overs.
The Chandigarh batsman exploded in the eighth over with three boundaries from Daniel Sams, who bowled a brilliant opening.
Kumar Kartikeya was next in line when he delivered 15 runs with Saha smashing his first ball for a four and Gill delivering a clean shot over long range before sweeping the bowler for another four.
Before long, 100 was up in 11 overs with Saha also completing his fifty.
Gill also joined him when his single from Pollard took him to a 33-ball half-century.
Both Saha and Gill each broke six boundaries and two maximums.
A Bizzare wicket ended Sai Sudharsan (14)’s innings, while Hardik Pandya (24) shot too short after going for an unnecessary single.
Because he needed 20 of the last two overs, Miller Bumrah deposited over deep midfield, but the Titans could not score nine of the last overs that lost the game.
Earlier, invited to bat, Rohit looked like he was in good contact after a series of low scores when he took the early initiative and dominated the proceedings with his stroke play while Kishan played the second fiddle.
The MI captain was particularly hard on Joseph when he crushed the bowler for four boundaries and a six, while Kishan joined the party in the fifth over and Rashid Khan battled for a couple of fours to form their 50-run partnership. to solve.
Rohit then beat Lockie Ferguson for a four as MI 63 scored for no loss, their best in the power play this season.
Rashid made the breakthrough in the eighth over and removed the dangerous Rohit, who was trapped in front while trying to play a reverse shot.
Kishan then took over and danced on the field to send Rahul Tewatia over midfield.
Suryakumar Yadav produced his trademark whip for a maximum, but perished in his next attempt from Pradeep Sangwan.
Back in the attack, Joseph then struck with a slower delivery that Kishan eventually sent to Rashid towards the middle of the wicket when MI dropped to 111 for 3 in 12 overs.
Kieron Pollard lived dangerously with Sangwan and Ferguson who bowled two quiet overs and was eventually cleared by Rashid, who set up the West Indies with two googlies.
It looked like MI had broken away from the solid start, but Tilak Verma (21) and Tim David then tried to forge a partnership with the latter that Mohammed Shami launched for two fours on middle and long legs respectively.
Varma was run out with Hardik Pandya delivering a direct throw, while Daniel Sams also perished with a second ball duck.
However, David smashed two maximums for Shami in the last over to take the team past 170 runs.
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