Sai Sudharsan propelled Gujarat Titans to a score of 214/4 by smashing 96 off just 47 balls. The 23-year-old Chennai lad smashed eight fours and six sixes in his innings as he made the most of the death overs.
Earlier, Wriddhiman Saha scored 54 off 39 on a day when his prolific opening partner Shubman Gill was limited to a score of 39 off 20. Only slight drizzles appeared throughout the reserve day which was nowhere close enough to cause any kind of stoppage in the match.
This is the fourth highest score of all-time in an IPL final. The top three all put up 50-plus partnerships for GT, just the second time this has happened in an IPL after the CSK vs RR final in 2021.
Saha and Gill put up an opening stand of 67 off 42 balls, Saha and Sudharsan then put up 64 off 42 for the second after which Sudharsan and Pandya put up 81 runs off 33 balls for the third wicket.
Pathirana has ended that over quite well. Dismisses Rashid Khan off the last ball of the innings. All eyes were on Gill but the names that have shone out are Saha first and then, especially, Sudharsan. Pandya ends unbeaten on 21 off 12.
No century but who cares, this is one of the all-time great innings in IPL finals. He is struck in front of middle stump and goes for the review. Three reds and he is gone for 96 off 47.
Source: Hindustan Times