The youthful opener for the Gujarat Titans, Shubman Gill, hit his first IPL century on Monday against the SunRisers Hyderabad, taking his stellar form to a new level.
Shubman Gill’s incredible run of form continued on Monday in Ahmedabad as the youthful opener for the Gujarat Titans scored his first IPL century in a match against the SunRisers Hyderabad. Gill scored a century in only 56 balls, making him the first player to do so for the undefeated team. He hit the half-century mark after facing only 22 balls, and he maintained his composure to reach the century mark after facing only 56. Gill has scored a century in every format of international cricket played so far. He joins an elite group of performers who can say they have done so. In the IPL 2023, he has also scored above 500 runs.
Gill smashed 101 runs off 58 balls with the help of 13 fours and 1 six, and he and Sai Sudharsan (47 runs off 36 balls) put up 147 runs for the second wicket. Bhuvneshwar’s excellent bowling late in the game helped SRH hold GT to under 200 runs.
After being sent into bat, GT quickly lost Wriddhiman Saha for a duck when he edged a ball to Abhishek Sharma at second slip in the third over.
GT got off to a slow start, but in the third over, Gill and Sai Sudharsan hit Bhuvneshwar for three beautiful boundaries, helping GT reach 15 runs.
Gill, who seems to have recovered his form, collected four straight boundaries off Fazalhaq Farooqi by pulling, driving, and flicking.
GT reached 65 for one after six overs thanks to boundaries from both Sudharsan and Gill.
When he pulled SRH captain Aiden Markram for two straight fours in the seventh over and then struck Markande for two more boundaries in the next over, Gill was at his aggressive best.
After 10 overs, GT was at 103 for 1.
After that, it was complete chaos as Gill and Sudharsan fought tooth and nail to keep the run rate at over 10 for the next 14 overs.
T Natarajan took a catch at backward point to end Sudharsan’s innings off the bowling of Marco Jansen in the 15th over.
Hardik Pandya, captain of the G.T., didn’t survive long, easily caught by Rahu Tripathi at the point for Bhuvneshwar’s second victim of the day.
David Miller died trying to deliver a hard hit in the next over. The next man out was Rahul Tewatia, and in just four overs, SRH had taken four wickets.
But Gill kept at it, and in the 19th over, he hit a single too long off to reach his century off just 56 balls. Gill reached his century, but he was out to the first ball of the last over, caught by Abdul Samad off Bhuvneshwar.
During a brilliant last over by Bhuvneshwar, both Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad were out to thick edges in the final two balls.