NEW DELHI: Batting star Shubman Gill
overshadowed Virat Kohli
‘s record-breaking century as Gujarat Titans defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in a high-scoring thriller in the final league game at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Shubman sizzled with an unbeaten 104 off 52 balls, also his second straight IPL century, laced with five fours and eight sixes at a strike-rate of 200, to dash RCB’s hopes of entering the playoffs.
IPL: RCB’s campaign ends after loss to GT, MI through
The result means that RCB crashed out of IPL 2023, with five-time champions Mumbai Indians sealing the last remaining spot.
Gujarat Titans will take on Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday in Chennai.
MI will face Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator on May 24 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
IPL 2023: Gujarat Titans eliminate Royal Challengers Bangalore
<p>Gujarat Titans opener Shubman Gill hit a superb century to outdo Virat Kohli’s second successive ton as Royal Challengers Bangalore were eliminated from the IPL on Sunday.</p>
<p>Gill followed his century against Sunrisers Hyderabad with an unbeaten 104 off 52 balls as Gujarat reached 198/4 with five balls to spare for a six-wicket win.</p>
<p>Kohli with 101 not out — his record seventh century in the IPL — anchored RCB to 197/5 but Gill powered Gujarat’s run chase by hitting eight sixes and five fours.</p>
<p>After the start was delayed by nearly an hour because of rain, Kohli and captain Faf du Plessis combined in a 67-run opening stand off 43 balls. </p>
<p>But Gujarat spinner Noor Ahmad (2/39) and Rashid Khan (1/24) squeezed the runs in the middle overs as Kohli raised his half-century off 35 balls. </p>
<p>Kohli upped the scoring rate in the death overs with his superb drives on both sides of the wicket and became the first batter in IPL history to score seven centuries. </p>
<p>Kohli scooped Mohit Sharma (0/54) to long on in the final over for a single to raise his hundred off 60 balls only to see Gill’s brilliance take the win away from his team. </p>
<p>Gill defied the data favoring teams batting first and winning at Bangalore in the recent past with his superb stroke play. </p>
<p>Gill and Vijay Shankar (53) put on a match-winning stand of 123 runs for the second wicket. </p>
<p>Gill raised the victory and also completed his second successive century with a straight six off Wayne Parnell in the final over. </p>
Former cricketers lauded Shubman for his match-winning effort.
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar came up with a cheeky post after the five-time champions Mumbai Indians enter the play-offs.
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