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Gill’s ton fires Gujarat to play-offs, Hyderabad out

AHMEDABAD: India opener Shubman Gill hit his maiden IPL century to assist holders Gujarat Titans safe their play-off berth with a thumping 34-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. Gill, who smashed 101 off 58 balls, placed on a 147-run stand with Sai Sudarshan, who made 47, to steer table-toppers Gujarat to 188-9 in Ahmedabad. Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma each took 4 wickets to restrict Hyderabad to 154-9 as Gujarat turned into the primary group to safe probably the most 4 play-off spots. Gujarat, who had a fairytale debut season once they gained the name final yr, also are confident of a top-two end within the team segment.

“Very happy with the lads. Two in two. Ultimate yr was once other, we knew there’d be a large number of demanding situations this yr,” skipper Hardik Pandya mentioned. “Boys have put their fingers up in several eventualities. I feel we’ve rightly earned the risk of creating the play-offs.” Hyderabad, the 2016 champions, fell out of the play-off race, making it seven groups preventing for 3 ultimate play-off puts. “Plenty of satisfaction nonetheless left within the upcoming video games,” mentioned captain Aiden Markram. “Possibly we’ll give out a couple of alternatives and guys can end smartly however unfortunately we haven’t been excellent.”

Gujarat misplaced Wriddhiman Saha, for a duck, at the 3rd ball of the fit however Gill hit Fazalhaq Farooqi for 4 directly barriers to set the tempo. Gill, who jumped to 2d within the batting charts with 576 runs at the back of Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis (631), smashed 13 fours and a six and Sudarshan was once additionally punishing in his 36-ball keep. The 23-year-old Gill, who has scored a ton every in all 3 world codecs, was once named guy of the fit.

Hyderabad hit again with wickets and regardless of Gill’s century in 56 balls, Gujarat controlled simply 34 runs within the final 5 overs and misplaced seven wickets. The Sunrisers bowlers did smartly to test Gujarat’s general, which appeared like going over 200, as seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned figures of 5-30 however the efforts have been useless. Hyderabad have been by no means within the chase once they fell to 12-3 with Shami taking two and additional slipped to 59-7. South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen then smashed 64 and placed on 68 runs with Kumar, who made 27, however the stand handiest diminished their margin of defeat. — AFP

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