Mumbai Indians registered a comfortable win over Gujarat Titans in the 57th match of the IPL 2023 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 12. Gujarat Titans won the toss and opted to bowl first. However, Suryakumar Yadav smashed a 49-ball 103 and helped his side post a massive total of 218 in 20 overs.
While chasing, Gujarat Titans lost their openers very cheaply. However, David Miller scored 41 and Rashid Khan scored a 32-ball 79 but their efforts went in vain as they lost the game by 27 runs as well.
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Here is what the captains and the player of the match said after the game:
Suryakumar Yadav, Player of the Match said as quoted by Cricbuzz: Can say that (was one of my best T20 knocks). Whenever I get runs I think the team should win, most importantly we batted first today and said that we would keep the same tempo when you are chasing 200-220. There was a lot of dew on the ground, it was there from the 7-8th over and I knew what shots to play, I was not thinking about hitting straight, I had two shots in the mind – one over fine leg and one over third man. There is lots and lots of practice before the game, so when I come into the game I am very clear and just go express myself.
Rohit Sharma, MI captain said as quoted by Cricbuzz: It was an interesting game especially from our point of view, happy to get the two points. That was pleasing, bat first and then come out and defend the total. We kept picking wickets and in this format you have to do that, great bowling effort from our bowlers. The guy (SKY) has got the confidence. We wanted to keep right-left combination but SKY came in and said no, he wanted to go in. That is the kind of confidence he has and that rubs off on others. Every game he wants to start fresh and does not look back at the previous game. Sometimes you can sit back and feel proud about what you have done but that is not the case with him.
Akash Madhwal said as quoted by Cricbuzz: I have bowled previously in the dew, so it wasn’t difficult, we have practiced for such things. Rohit asked me to start with hard length balls and then concentrate on accuracy. He always does that in the nets as well (on Suryakumar Yadav), we’re happy to be in the same team as him. I’m just looking to continue working hard on my skills. I want to work harder and continue doing well in the next few matches.
Hardik Pandya, GT captain said as quoted by Cricbuzz: Felt like from our team only he (Rashid) turned up. The way he batted, the way he bowled, it was tremendous. Don’t have to try much (after this result). As a group we weren’t there. In bowling also we were very flat. Didn’t have clear plans or didn’t execute. Wicket was very flat but I felt we gave 25 runs extra. Have spoken enough about him (Surya). One of the best batters in T20 cricket. You saw what can happen if you don’t execute your plans. For me it’s very important that as a bowler you are clear. I can only set the fields. Losing five wickets and then scoring 129 in the last 10 overs (MI innings). We lacked a lot of execution and heart. That cost us the game. Intensity was also flat. Expected things to happen, but everyone knows at this level it doesn’t just happen.