Keeper Ishan Kishan left the pitch with his hand over his eye during the first innings of the high-stakes Qualifier 2 match between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Gujarat Titans (GT). When Ishan and Chris Jordan passed each other, Jordan accidentally brushed off the keeper with his elbow.
Ishan was then spotted leaving the pitch with his hand covering his left eye in apparent distress. Vishnu Vinod came in as wicketkeeper for the rest of the innings. It is unclear, though, whether or not the dangerous stumper-batter will play in the game’s pivotal second inning.
The reigning champs finished with a massive first-inning total, mostly due to a blistering hundred by Shubman Gill. With a staggering strike rate of 215.00, the flashy GT batter hit 10 sixes and seven fours in his 60-ball 129.
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By scoring three centuries in the same IPL season, Gill joined an exclusive group of players. Only Virat Kohli (2016) and Jos Buttler (2022) have scored four hundred in a single season at the highest level of cricket.
In addition to this, Gill recorded the highest run total in IPL playoff history, surpassing Virender Sehwag’s record of 122 runs scored off 58 balls in IPL 2014’s Qualifier 2 match. With his scorching 129 runs, the GT opener not only surpassed Faf du Plessis’ amazing totals in the current tournament but also secured the IPL Orange Cap.
Gujarat hopes to come out swinging and earn a spot in the T20 league’s championship game. Also, Hardik Pandya and the company will be hoping to ruin CSK’s championship celebration in the IPL 2023 finals so that they can win their second straight championship. It remains to be seen, though, whether the five-time champions, the Mumbai Indians, make a compelling argument throughout the chase and mount a serious challenge.