Gill’s sensational 129 off 60 balls took Gujarat to a mammoth 233/3, after which Mohit Sharma (5/10) and Rashid Khan (2/33) triggered a collapse that noticed MI getting bowled out for 171 after being 155/4 at one stage.
Gill embellished his majestic century with ten sixes and 7 fours whereas taking the Mumbai bowlers to the cleaners. It’s also the third century of the continuing season for Gill, who leads the run-scoring charts with 851 runs in 16 matches.
A major second in Friday’s match was Gill being dropped by Tim David within the final over of the powerplay when on 30 off 19 balls. It proved to be a really pricey drop as he made 99 runs off 40 balls after that on the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, together with getting his century in 49 balls.
“The clarity this year he has, the confidence which he is carrying is amazing. The innings which I saw (in the game) was one of the finest innings I have seen in a T20 game. At no point of time he looked rushed; at no point he looked like he was not in control,” stated Hardik after the match ended.
“It looked as if someone was throwing down the balls and he was just hitting. He is a superstar and is going to do big things to franchise cricket and Indian cricket.”
In reply, Tilak Varma’s 14-ball 43 and Suryakumar Yadav’s fast 61 saved Mumbai afloat. However Rashid castling Varma proved to be one of many turning factors, after which Mohit Sharma took a five-wicket haul in simply 2.2 overs, which included the all-important wicket of Suryakumar.
“When things are not going the way I like, he (Rashid) is someone who comes and changes momentum and makes sure we keep getting wickets. That’s the beauty. We have spoken enough about Rashid but sometimes I am short of words for what he does,” added Hardik.
Gujarat will now tackle Chennai Tremendous Kings within the title conflict at Ahmedabad on Sunday in an effort to defend their crown.
Hardik expressed gratitude for his team-mates for placing within the effort on daily basis for getting into the finals within the second successive yr of collaborating within the competitors.
“My job is simple in the team – I make sure that the boys are in the right frame of mind and it starts from me. If I lead with example in my energy, it feeds off to the boys and that is something I look forward to. Every individual takes ownership,” stated Hardik.
(With company inputs)