Sams shines in the last over, Mumbai Indians beat Gujarat Titans by five runs

Mumbai, May 6 (PTI) Mumbai Indians extended their wait for a place in the playoffs after beating Gujarat Titans by five runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Friday, thanks to Daniel Sams’ brilliant bowling in the final over.

Gujarat Titans needed nine runs in the last over but Sams (18 runs in three overs) conceded only three runs in six balls, in which Rahul Teotia was also run out.

Mumbai Indians posted a score of 177 for six with Tim David’s (44 not out) opening partnership of 74 runs for the first wicket by Ishan Kishan and captain Rohit Sharma.

Gujarat Titans got off to a good start with a 106-run opening stand between experienced wicketkeeper-batsmen Wriddhiman Saha (55 runs) and Shubman Gill (52) but failed to chase down the target this time with the loss of wickets. I could only manage 172 runs for five wickets.

Captain Hardik Pandya scored 24 runs before being run out. Sai Sudarshan (14), who scored a half-century in the last match, was dismissed for a hit.

This was the second successive win for five-time champions Mumbai Indians, who were already out of the race for the playoffs. For that, Murugan Ashwin took two wickets in the same over and Kieron Pollard took one wicket.

Gujarat Titans continue to top the table with eight wins from 11 matches.

Saha got off to a quick start with strokes after which Gill also picked up the pace.

Saha, who was in form, scored 13 runs in the second over with two fours and a six on Bumrah.

In the fourth over, he sent Riley Meredith for the boundary twice, while in the next over, Bumrah again hit a six and a four.

Gill opened his hands in the sixth over, sent the first ball of Murugan Ashwin for a six over mid-wicket and then scored four runs. Due to this, the team’s score in the powerplay was 54 runs without losing a wicket.

In the eighth over, Gill hit a hat-trick of fours on Daniel Sams as the team collected 14 runs in this over and 15 runs in the ninth over.

Saha scored a run in the last ball of the 11th over and completed his half-century and a century partnership with Gill.

Then in the very next over, Gill also completed his fifty.

Murugan dismissed both these frozen batsmen in his final over and also ended the 106-run partnership of the first wicket. Due to this, after the 13th over, the team’s score was 111 for two wickets.

Hopes were pinned on Pandya and Sudarshan (14). But Sudarshan got out hit wicket. David Miller (19 not out) and Pandya were leading their team to victory. But in the 18th over, Pandya was run out.

Miller hit Bumrah for a six in the 19th over.

With this, nine runs were needed to win in the last over. But this time Tevatia could not play the role of ‘finisher’ and was run out.

Earlier, after being invited to bat, Rohit scored 43 runs in 28 balls and Kishan 45 runs in 29 balls to give Mumbai a quick start but the team lost three wickets in a row. But in the end, David scored an unbeaten 44 in 21 balls to take the team to a competitive score.

Rashid Khan was the most successful bowler for Gujarat Titans, taking two wickets for 24 runs while Pradeep Sangwan and Lockie Ferguson got a wicket each. Alzarri Joseph also took a wicket but he conceded 41 runs in his four overs.

Unable to score big, Rohit finally looked in good touch. He dominated the bowlers with his strokes while Kishan continued to support them at the other end.

Rohit was very quick especially against Alzarri Joseph, he hit four fours and a six on this bowler. Kishan also completed his 50-run partnership in the fifth over by hitting two fours on Rashid Khan.

Rohit then hit a four on Ferguson, which made the team’s score 63 runs without losing a wicket in the powerplay.

Rashid gave Gujarat Titans the first breakthrough in the eighth over. He dismissed a dangerous looking Rohit who was trying to play a reverse shot.

Kishan also hit a six at mid-wicket off Rahul Teotia.

Suryakumar Yadav (13) also hit a six as soon as he came but he lost the wicket on Pradeep Sangwan in the next try.

Then Joseph took the wicket of Kishan off a slow ball, which was caught by Rashid at mid-wicket. Due to this Mumbai’s score was reduced to 111 runs for three wickets in 12 overs.

Kieron Pollard played 14 balls but he could not do any wonders which Rashid bowled on his googly.

Tilak Verma (21) and David attempted to form a partnership. During this, David hit two fours on mid-off and long leg on Mohammed Shami.

David then hit his first six off Joseph, followed by another six off Ferguson in the 19th over on a no-ball.

Verma was run out by a straight throw by Hardik while Daniel Sams was out on the second ball.

However, David hit two sixes in the last over on Shami, which took the team’s score past 170 runs.