Gujarat Titans became the first team to qualify for the playoffs in the 2023 edition of Indian Premier League as they outplayed Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs in Ahmedabad on Monday.
The defending champions assured themselves of a place in the top two as well.
Asked to bat first, GT posted 188/9 in their 20 overs, riding on a century by Shubman Gill. It was Gill’s first IPL ton as well as the first by a GT batter in their brief history at the tournament.
Shubman Gill scores his, and Gujarat Titans’, first IPL century. https://t.co/m7cRbkVk1z
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In response, SRH struggled from the word go in the run-chase, with Mohammed Shami running through their top order in the powerplay with a three-for. Shami and Mohit Sharma picked up four wickets each.
SRH could only manage 154/9 in their innings, with Heinrich Klaasen top-scoring with 64 off 44 balls. He has been a bright spot in an otherwise underwhelming batting campaign.
Earlier, Gill, who smashed 101 off 58 balls, put on a 147-run stand with Sai Sudarshan, who made 47, to guide table-toppers Gujarat to 188-9 in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat lost Wriddhiman Saha, for a duck, on the third ball of the match but Gill hit Fazalhaq Farooqi for…