MI was seemingly down with the Titans’ opening pair of Wriddhiman Saha (55 from 40 balls) and Shubman Gill (52 from 36 balls) sharing a partnership of 106 runs in 12.1 overs while chasing 178.
However, the Titans continued to lose wickets including two crucial runs as they needed nine runs in the last to win the game. They could only score three, while losing a wicket to collapse on their second straight defeat of the season.
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For MI, who were already out of contention for a play-off spot, it was only their second win of the season as they remained bottom.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Going for the bowl, Gujarat limited the MI to 177 for six, despite quick innings from the opening pair of Rohit Sharma (43 from 28 balls) and Ishan Kishan (45 from 29 balls) and Tim David (44 not on 21 balls).
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Rashid Khan was the Titans’ most successful bowler with his two wickets for 24, while Pradeep Sangwan and Lockie Ferguson got one apiece. Alzarri Joseph also took a wicket but he bled 41 runs in his four overs.
Chasing 178, Saha looked full throttle as he cracked two fours and a six on Jasprit Bumrah’s first over, before smashing Riley Meredith for two limits.
Shubman Gill swept Murugan Ashwin for a six, before picking up four more as the fifty-point stand came quickly, taking the Titans to 54 for one over six.
The Chandigarh hitter exploded in the eighth with three limits from Daniel Sams, who had pulled off a brilliant opener.
Kumar Kartikeya was next as he made 15 runs with Saha smashing his first ball for a four and Gill producing a free kick for long before sweeping the bowler for another four.
Soon 100 was up in 11 overs with Saha also completing his fifty years.
Gill also joined him as his single off Pollard took him into a 33-ball half-century.
Both Saha and Gill broke six limits and two maximums each.
A bizzare hit wicket ended the innings of Sai Sudharsan (14), while Hardik Pandya (24) failed after going for an unnecessary single.
Needing 20 from the final two overs, Miller laid down Bumrah in the middle of the deep wicket, but the Titans could not score nine of the final overs to lose the game.
Earlier, invited to bat, Rohit appeared to be in good contact after a series of low scores as he took the early initiative, dominating the proceedings with his stroke game as Kishan played second fiddle.
The MI skipper was particularly hard on Joseph as he hit the bowler on boundary four and a six, while Kishan joined the party in the fifth, slamming Rashid Khan for a few fours to bring up their 50-point partnership.
Rohit then hit Lockie Ferguson for a four as MI posted 63 unbeaten, their best on the power play this season.
Rashid produced the breakthrough in the eighth, knocking out the dangerous Rohit, who was stuck in front as he looked to play a reverse shot.
Kishan then took over, dancing across the pitch to send Rahul Tewatia into the middle of the wicket.
Suryakumar Yadav produced his trademark whip for max but perished on his next attempt against Pradeep Sangwan.
Back in attack, Joseph then struck with a slower delivery which Kishan ended up sending Rashid from half wicket as MI slipped to 111 for 3 from 12 overs.
Kieron Pollard lived dangerously with Sangwan and Ferguson playing two quiet games and was eventually cleaned up by Rashid, who set up the West Indian with two googlies.
MI therefore seemed to have squandered the solid start but Tilak Verma (21) and Tim David then tried to partner with the latter by launching Mohammed Shami for two fours at the halfway mark and at the long end respectively.
Varma was exhausted with Hardik Pandya producing a straight throw, while Daniel Sams also perished with a second-ball duck.
However, David hit Shami for two highs in the final over to take the team past 170 points.
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