Qualifier 2 (As it happened): We fought. We tried. We stretched. But 2023 isn’t to be :(
It wasn't meant to be. This hurts. But, we chin up and reflect on what has been a roller-coaster of a campaign! The positives? SKY Yadav wore his heart on his sleeve to provide us an impetus to our chase with his fifty, along with Tilak Varma (43) and Cameron Green (30). Credit and congratulations to Gujarat Titans for a standout performance with the bat and ball. Until then, it's goodbye from us. See you next season, Paltan
Kaptaan Rohit with some final words
"It was a great total, Shubman batted really well. The wicket was really good. Couldn't stitch enough partnerships. Green and Surya batted well but we lost our way. We spoke about giving it a good crack, we lost a couple of wickets in the powerplay and did not get the momentum when chasing a target like that. We wanted one batter just like how Shubman batted till the end, and you never know - one side is shorter and the wicket was good, anything can happen, credit where it is due, Gujarat played well."
No, no, no, noooooo. As we keep fighting it out, we sadly keep losing our men. Alas, the equation is getting out of hand. And alas, with teary eyes, we see the season slipping by ..
The sky will not fall
Who said it? SKY Yadav. How? A 50 off 33 balls. Is the chase done? Not on his watch!
Approaching the half-way line!
110-3 at the end of 10 overs. Let's keep it here. We BELIEVE. There is something great in store.
The fourth and fifth overs, especially the one where Tilak Varma hit four successive fours off Shami, brought a timely respite to our Paltan present in the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Tilak, at the very end of the powerplay over, was dismissed. However, we would see that Cam Green step out to bat again. Paltan, once again, we need you to the inevitable. BELIEVE!
Tilak Varma inspired from his idol Suresh Raina 💛 pic.twitter.com/7WpuTxZSMd— ♚ (@balltamperrer) May 26, 2023
A few early bruises
Well, we didn't have the start we wanted. Impact player Nehal Wadhera (4) and Rohit Sharma (8) saw their stay cut short by Mohammed Shami.
Cameron Green joined Ishan Kishan on the sidelines and thus, our run-chase is now helmed by Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma.
If anything, Aapla Dada Surya has just one to say: Aayega, aayega! Apna time aayega."
Well, the first innings was like a cinematic experience. No denying. Our bowlers were at the mercy of Shubman Gill, but we did get three wickets in the bag.
However, don't write us out just yet. BELIEVE. We are the masters of chasing down 200+ totals this year for fun. So, it's time to add another to our list.
Dropped on 1, redeemed 99 balls later
A Shubh-ratri for Gill comes to an end. Shubman Gill flicked an attempted yorker delivery from Akash Madhwal towards deep mid-wicket. But there stood Tim David, who redeemed himself after he dropped Gill on 1 earlier in the innings.
*Time for substitution*
An untimed injury to Ishan Kishan on the field made us call up Vishnu Vinod as a wicket-keeping substitute.
BELIEVE! Apna time aayega
GT: 119/1 after 12 overs— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 26, 2023
PC with the first breakthrough. Need more wickets soon 🤞#OneFamily #GTvMI #MumbaiMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #TATAIPL #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/nsfP1p6Mfk
Kitne Gill jeetoge?
Keeping this rivalry aside, we congratulate Shubman Gill, the current Orange Cap holder, on completing his third century of IPL 2023. Back-to-back hundreds here in Ahmedabad. Bas karo bhai saab! WTC Final mei yeh form laao please.
Bowlers with most stumping dismissals in the IPL
28 - Amit Mishra
19 - Yuzvendra Chahal
19 - PIYUSH CHAWLA
18 - Harbhajan Singh
We are Mac loving this version of PC
When the lights are brightest, Pressure is highest, Crowds are the loudest, The best will arrive, The strongest will survive, The greatest will thrive. Piyush Chawla you've rocked my worldddddd 😭❤️— Un-Lucky (@Luckyytweets) May 26, 2023
Mumbai was desperate for a wicket, and Piyush Chawla delivered in his very first over. What an underrated performer for Mumbai this season. Just incredible. #GTvsMI #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/3ldhhAlZyz— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) May 26, 2023
Need wicket, Call PC 🔥— MI Fans Army™ (@MIFansArmy) May 26, 2023
PC draws the first blood!
A man with a big bag of tricks, Piyush Chawla bowls a smart delivery that glides from the leg side of Saha. An untimed early dash, and the GT opener sees the ball go to Ishan Kishan who breaks through the stumps. Cometh the hour, cometh the man!
Shubman Gill anchors Gujarat to a positive start in the powerplay, smacking 31 off his first 20 balls to see GT touch the 50-run mark. To our missed luck, he also survived a caught dismissal. Wriddhiman Saha, meanwhile, played a quiet support cast role at the other end with 18 runs in 16. However....
GT PLAYING XI: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami
SUBSTITUTES: Joshua Little, Srikar Bharat, Odean Smith, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Shivam Mavi
MI PLAYING XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Kumar Kartikeya, Akash Madhwal
SUBSTITUTES: Ramandeep Singh, Nehal Wadhera, Vishnu Vinod, Raghav Goyal, Sandeep Warrier
Rohit: "Shokeen misses out, Kartikeya comes in."#OneFamily #GTvMI #MumbaiMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #IPL2023 #TATAIPL— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 26, 2023
TOSS UPDATE: Rohit toss जिंकला & we will bowl first Paltan!
Paltan chi awaaz
Currently Raining in Ahmedabad, Hope Rain will not affect the game, Hope for the best 🥺🙏. #MIvsGT pic.twitter.com/d13iNyOuze— 𝗥𝗼𝗵𝗶𝘁 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗮 𝗙𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗯 (@LoyleRohitFan45) May 26, 2023
Two best in his role #MIvsGT pic.twitter.com/V88UghNqOT— Animesh Singh (@LionsLucknow) May 26, 2023
Rain stopped in Ahmedabad. Rushing towards Narendra Modi Stadium #MIvsGT pic.twitter.com/KSvP3gMGbE— aman (@bilateral_bully) May 26, 2023
BELIEVE! Here comes a relief!
Good news from Ahmedabad 😃#OneFamily #GTvMI #MumbaiMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #TATAIPL #IPL2023 pic.twitter.com/7L4OBruNEY— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 26, 2023
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