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Gill and Sudharsan’s 210-run stand is GT’s highest for any wicket in the history of the competition. (Source: X.com)

Two young Indian batsmen performing well in the IPL is a beautiful sight, especially when the conditions are less than ideal. The Gujarat Titans found themselves at the bottom of the points table and faced fourth-placed Chennai Super Kings. With the odds against them and the toss not in their favour, Shubman Gill and Sai Sudharsan managed to turn the tables and dominate the CSK bowlers with an exceptional batting display.

After five matches they were reinstated as the opening pair and formed a formidable partnership of 210 runs for the first wicket, with both scoring centuries. This was only the sixth instance of a 200-plus stand in IPL history, and the second for the opening wicket. Their success was aided by favorable conditions: they played on a new wicket rather than a used track, and faced a weakened CSK bowling attack.

Gujarat’s usually slow strike rate was not a problem in Ahmedabad on Friday evening. Instead, they maintained a consistently high run rate throughout the innings. Despite being known as slow starters, the GT openers took on the CSK bowlers aggressively from the outset, amassing 58 runs in the first six overs – GT’s second-best Powerplay score of the season. Throughout the entire innings, the run-rate never dropped below 9.2. In the middle overs (7-15), they scored 132 runs, the highest in an innings in this IPL season.

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With the exception of Daryl Mitchell’s seventh over, the batters consistently pushed the boundaries and amassed 88 runs from fours and sixes. Their approach was calculated, with an emphasis on rotating the strike and finding gaps rather than resorting to wild dabbling. Sudharsan in particular took advantage of the match against spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner and struck at a rate of 300 against the orthodox left-arm spin. Gill, on the other hand, was particularly cruel to Simarjeet Singh and Mitchell.

Their dominant performance in the middle overs mirrored the Powerplay attack that Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma saw earlier in the tournament. However, the key distinction lay in the approach: while the SRH openers opted for aggressive batting with minimal running, Gill and Sudharsan balanced the aggression with caution.

Gill reached his 50-ball century by dismissing a full toss from Simarjeet, which marked the fourth hundred of his IPL career. Following suit, Sudharsan achieved his maiden IPL ton in 50 balls, which he capped with a slog sweep of Simarjeet. However, Sudharsan’s innings came to an end as he attempted another big chance and departed after building the joint-best opening partnership in IPL history.

GT’s fearless batting approach was a breath of fresh air in a season where they had the worst scoring rate in the powerplay and middle overs. It was a batting masterclass in every sense from the young GT batters. Their efforts lifted their team to victory and kept their slim hopes of qualifying for the play-offs alive.

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