Shooting his first-ever ton in the league, Gill dazzled with a 58-ball 101 to light up the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad as he single-handedly carried the Titans to a solid 188 for 9 despite a late comeback from Bhuvneshwar Kumar ( 5 for 30). Continuing a steep total, the Sunrisers had another forgettable outing with the bat and they finished at 154 for 9.
Shami was the hosts’ chief wrecker as the veteran’s incredible spell with the new ball sealed the game’s fate before halfway. Heinrich Klaasen scored a resilient 64 but the visitors were never in the running after being down 49 for 6 in the seventh.
The Sunrisers’ loss meant they were now officially out of the play-off race, becoming the second team after the Delhi Capitals to pull out of the top-four fight.
SRH got off to a disastrous start, losing the wickets of Anmolpreet Singh, Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi inside the third, with the scoreboard showing just 12.
The situation worsened for SRH in their game to win as Shami took his third wicket in the form of rival skipper Aiden Markram one later and then Mohit fired Sanvir Singh and Abdul Samad in the seventh to reduce the visitors to 49 .for six.
As it happened
This season’s campaign was almost over for SRH as Marco Jansen became Mohit’s third victim in round nine.
Shocked at 59 for seven, SRH finally pulled through a partnership through Klaasen and Bhuvneshwar (27), with the duo adding 68 runs for the eighth wicket.
Earlier, the GTs sent to bat suffered a blow when they lost Wriddhiman Saha for a duck in the third ball of the innings, sending one to Abhishek Sharma on the second slide.
After a calm start, GT broke the shackles in the third with Gill and Sudharsan hitting Bhuvneshwar for three exquisite boundaries to pick up 15 points.
Having found his touch, in-form Gill fired, drove and flicked to collect four straight boundaries off Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Both Sudharsan and Gill traded limits to take the GT to 65 for one in six overtakes.
Gill, in particular, was at his attacking best as he continued his assault and fired skipper SRH Markram for two consecutive fours in the seventh, then hit Mayank Markande for two more boundaries.
At the end of the 10th, GTs were 103 to one.
It was chaos afterwards with Gill and Sudharsan battling to maintain a healthy running pace over 10-14 overs.
Sudharsan finally left in the 15th, caught by T Natarajan at the back point of Marco Jansen’s bowling.
GT captain Hardik Pandya didn’t last long, giving Rahul Tripathi a direct hold on the point, giving Bhuvneshwar his second scalp of the day.
David Miller perished in the next one attempting a big shot. Rahul Tewatia was next to go as SRH took four wickets in four overs.
Gill, however, minded his business and raised his century to 56 balls with a single long in the 19th. But shortly after lifting his ton, Gill perished in the opening ball of the final, caught by Samad off Bhuvneshwar.
Rashid Khan had a big advantage in the next ball and Noor Ahmad also left in a great finish by Bhuvneshwar.
(With PTI entries)