A scintillating century from Suryakumar Yadav followed by a good bowling display from bowlers helped Mumbai Indians edge over Gujarat Titans by 27 runs, despite Rashid Khan’s one-man show in match number 57 of Indian Premier League 2023 at Wankhede Stadium.
The visitors won the toss as Hardik & Co. opted to field first. MI openers got off to a flier as the duo of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan toyed with potent GT bowlers in the powerplay, with the scorecard reading 61/0 in 6 overs. Rashid Khan struck twice just after the powerplay as both the set batters, Rohit and Ishan, departed for 29 and 31 respectively.
Nehal Wadhera soon departed after a short 7-ball-15 runs cameo, courtesy of yet another splendid delivery from Rashid Khan. Thereon, MI’s innings was all about Suryakumar Yadav, who went bonkers against the GT bowlers, smacking them all around the ground to bring up what was a magnificent maiden IPL century for the 32-year-old batter from Mumbai.
Suryakumar Yadav remained unbeaten on 103 runs scored off 49 balls, which included 17 boundaries. He was ably supported by Vishnu Vinod, who too contributed with 30 runs amassed over 20 deliveries, to help MI post a massive total of 218/5 in 20 overs. For GT, Rashid Khan was the pick of bowlers for his spell of 4/30 in 4 overs.
Chasing a huge 219, the GT top order did not live up to the expectations, as MI bowlers ran through the batting unit right from the powerplay. Soon after, GT were left groggy at 26/3 in the fourth over. Vijay Shankar showed intent with a few glorious-looking shots, but Piyush Chawla ended his little cameo with a beauty in his very first ball. Soon, Kumar Kartikeya cleaned up Abhinav Manohar in his first ball and GT were left in deep trouble at 55/5 in the 8th over.
David Miller and Rahul Tewatia kept the chase going by adding 45 runs for the sixth wicket, but Akash Madhwal stopped the good-going partnership by trapping Miller in front to pick up his third wicket. Rashid Khan’s sensational power hitting at the end helped GT reduce the margin of defeat as MI eventually emerged victorious by a margin of 27 runs. Akash Madhwal was the pick of the bowlers for MI, with a spell of 3/31 in 4 overs.
Meanwhile, let us look at the stats and numbers from the game between MI and GT:
218 -MI scored 218 against GT, which is the highest total in IPL against GT, surpassing KKR’s total of 207 at Ahmedabad.
5 -MI has scored 200 or more for the fifth time this season, which is the most 200+ totals by any team in an IPL season.
2 -Rohit Sharma has hit 252 sixes in IPL to become the second leading six-hitter in IPL, surpassing AB de Villiers’ tally of 251. Chris Gayle tops the list with 357 sixes.
5 -Suryakumar Yadav became the fifth player to score a century for MI in IPL.
4 -Rashid Khan became the fourth overseas player along with Kieron Pollard, JP Duminy and Mitchell Marsh to achieve the feat of four wickets and 50 runs in the same game in IPL.
1 -MI became the first team to defeat GT twice in IPL.
3 – This was only the third occasion where GT lost a game chasing, out of 16 instances.
1 -Rashid Khan registered his 15th four-wicket haul in T20s and he now has the joint most number of four-wicket hauls in T20s along with Lasith Malinga and Shakib Al Hasan.
201 -Rohit Sharma completes 200 sixes for MI.
551 -Rashid Khan completes 550 wickets in T20s, becoming just the second player to do so. Dwayne Bravo was the first player to achieve this feat.
79* – Rashid Khan smashed his highest score in T20 cricket.
10 – Rashid also hit the most sixes in an innings in IPL 2023.
4 -Rashid Khan became the fourth player, along with Pat Cummins, Chris Morris and Harbhajan Singh, to score a fifty while playing at number 8 or below.
1 -Rashid Khan smashed ten sixes in his innings, to achieve the feat of hitting the most sixes for GT in an IPL innings, surpassing Shubman Gill’s tally of 7.
2 -Rashid Khan (10) has smashed the second-joint highest number of sixes in an IPL run chase, along with Adam Gilchrist and Kieron Pollard. Sanath Jayasuriya tops the list with 11 sixes.
8.22 -Shubman Gill has an average of 8.22 at Wankhede Stadium.
Shubman Gill in Indian Premier League at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai:
9 – Matches
9 – Inns
74 – Runs
8.22 – Average
22 – HS
0 – 50s
1 -Rashid Khan registered his maiden IPL fifty.
150 -Jason Behrendorff completed 150 wickets in T20s.
19 -Piyush Chawla has picked 19 wickets this season, which is the second most by an MI spinner in IPL. Harbhajan Singh tops the list with 24 wickets, picked in 2013.
1 -Suryakumar Yadav (103*) became the first player to score a century against GT in IPL.
103 -Suryakumar Yadav remained unbeaten on 103 and registered his highest IPL score, bettering his previous best of 83 against RCB in the previous game.