The Gujarat Titans and Sunrisers Hyderabad entered the match as table toppers, and they proved it by putting up a nail-biting thriller at the Wankhede stadium on Wednesday. If Umran Malik’s explosive five-wicket haul for SRH was impressive, it was eclipsed by Titans’ ultimate finisher Rahul Tewatia’s 40* (21, 4×4, 2×6), who reduced the 196-run goal from 47 off 18 balls to 35 from 12 before scoring 22 runs off Marco Jansen’s last over. Rashid Khan smashed his bat strongly with three sixes to end with 31* after needing 15 runs in 4 balls (11b, 4×6).

SRH-GT faced up for the second time in the competition, and both hitting units put on a display. Finally, the Titans’ valiant bottom order ensured that their early start with the bat did not go to waste. With a target of 196, the Gujarat Titans went 10-for-10 on the powerplay, with Wriddhiman Saha scoring at a strike rate of 200 and Shubman Gill scoring at less than a run-a-ball.Saha, who has a small backlift, had a special like to 6′ 8″ Jansen, hitting him all over the field with his short backlift. Saha batted against spin using his feet, focusing on his preferred leg-side zone, and concluded with a 38-ball 68 before being sent back by Malik’s fastest ball of the match (152.8kph). The tearing fast bowler put on another display, scaring hitters with his tremendous pace, sending Gill (22) back to the dugout and finishing Hardik Pandya’s (10) innings with a fast bouncer. Before Tewatia and Khan took over, Malik lit the stumps with two more dismissals, dismissing David Miller (17) and Abhinav Manohar (0).