Shubman Gill hit an unbeaten 104 to trump Virat Kohli’s record century as the Gujarat Titans knocked the Royal Challengers Bangalore out of the IPL with a six-wicket victory on Sunday.
The result allowed five-time winners the Mumbai Indians to fill the fourth playoff spot after they hammered the Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in the first match of the day.
Gill starred in the final league match with a 52-ball knock that steered defending champions Gujarat to victory with five balls to spare.
Gill hit the winning six to raise his second straight ton and the event’s third of the day after Cameron Green’s match-winning 100 for Mumbai and then Kohli’s 101*.
Kohli hit his second successive hundred and seventh in the IPL to overtake Chris Gayle’s six and steer Bangalore to 197-5 in a match that started an hour late due to rain in Bengaluru.
The effort was in vain as Kohli’s wait for an elusive IPL title goes on for another year.
Mumbai will play the Lucknow Super Giants, who became the third team to make the playoffs on Saturday, in the eliminator next week.
Table-toppers Gujarat and the second-placed Chennai Super Kings will clash in the first qualifier on Tuesday.
The winner of Qualifier 1 will head straight to the final in Ahmedabad on 28 May and the loser will play the winner of the eliminator.
Kohli started strongly in a 67-run opening partnership with captain Faf du Plessis, who made 28 to stay on top of the batting chart with 730 runs in 14 matches at an average of 56.15 and a strike rate of 153.68.
Kohli, who made a match-winning 100 in Bangalore’s previous game, had moved behind Du Plessis in the batting list with 639 runs but Gill toppled the senior star to take second spot with 674.
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