In the 35th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, Gujarat Titans (GT) completely dominated the proceedings and handed Mumbai Indians (MI) their fourth defeat at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Put in to bat, Gujarat kicked off their innings strongly, with Shubman Gill leading the charge with a half-century off just 34 deliveries. Contributions from David Miller (46 off 22) and Abhinav Manohar (42 off 21) helped the defending champions reach an imposing total of 207 for the loss of six wickets in their 20 overs.
Veteran leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai with figures of 2 wickets for 34 runs in his quota of four overs.
In response, Mumbai struggled to get going with the bat, losing wickets at regular intervals. Cameron Green (33 off 26) and Nehal Wadhera (40 off 21) tried to resurrect the innings, but it wasn’t enough as Mumbai were bowled out for just 152 in 20 overs, losing the contest by 55 runs.
Afghanistan spin sensation Noor Ahmad was the standout bowler for Gujarat Titans, taking three wickets for 37 runs in his four overs. His countryman Rashid Khan bagged two scalps while medium-pacer Mohit Sharma too picked up a couple.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Back-to-back victories for @gujarat_titans 👏🏻👏🏻#GT complete a 55-run win over #MI to jump to number 2️⃣ on the Points Table 👌🏻👌🏻
Scorecard ▶️ https://t.co/PXDi4zeBoD#TATAIPL | #GTvMI pic.twitter.com/wUeFmsDNbo
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 25, 2023
Bowling from GT has been top quality with the dew coming in. Spinner were solid no doubt but how good was the new ball spell from Hardik and Shami 👏
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 25, 2023
Has there been a greater cricketer than Rashid Khan in the IPL! On sheer impact & vale add! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 25, 2023
What a dream sight for AFGHANISTAN! 📷📷
Absolutely two different type of leg-spinners Rashid Khan & Noor Ahmad wrecked down the Mumbai Indias top-order. They are now in BIG trouble with 90/6. #IPL2023 @rashidkhan_19
Rashid Khan 27/2 (4)
Noor Ahmad 37/3 (4) pic.twitter.com/DUQonOokcL
— Saif Ahmed 🇧🇩 (@saifahmed75) April 25, 2023
Defeat in Ahmedabad 💔#OneFamily #GTvMI #MumbaiMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #IPL2023 #TATAIPL pic.twitter.com/kxZgVfBftr
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 25, 2023
Gujarat Titans thrash Mumbai Indians: https://t.co/hLlMiNDY9R#cricket #GTvMI #IPL2023 #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/9wRjL7hLVt
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) April 25, 2023
Batting at number 9. Below Piyush Chawla. Yet to bowl his full quota of overs in a game. If you think he is worth his place, then at least give him a full go. I almost feel sorry for the five time champions.
— cricBC (@cricBC) April 25, 2023
Titans ke spin 𝗞𝗼𝗵𝗶-𝗡𝗼𝗼𝗿 ka kamaal bemisaal 🌪️
Noor Ahmed's trickery was too much for the #MumbaiIndians batters tonight 🙌#GTvMI #IPL2023 #TATAIPL #IPLonJioCinema | @gujarat_titans @noor_ahmad_15 pic.twitter.com/TCG9XoGYXQ
— JioCinema (@JioCinema) April 25, 2023
Chennai Super Kings & Gujarat Titans are the only teams to have 10 points after the 1st half of the league stage. pic.twitter.com/bpWCK1xUWf
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 25, 2023
Afghnistan's 18-year-old Noor Ahmed. Three important wickets- Tim David, Suryakumar Yadav and Cameron Green. Gujarat Titans have surely hit a gold mine in him. Add Rashid Khan and you have a fantastic spin bowling attack. #GTvsMI #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/eBfZt2ZpHE
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) April 25, 2023
Highest economy-rate for MI in an innings
(min: 2 overs)
19.50 – Cameron Green v GT, today
18.00 – Tymal Mills v LSG, 2022
17.66 – Alzarri Joseph v RR, 2019
Mumbai Indians bought Cameron Green at ₹17.5 crore – the second most expensive player for any team in IPL history.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) April 25, 2023
With Noor Ahmad's inclusion, Gujarat have zero weak links in their bowling now. Which might mean teams will attack Rashid even more making him further effective.
There is no way GT is not making the playoffs as a Top 2 team.
— Ramesh (@rmshnt27) April 25, 2023
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