The Mumbai Indians survived the IPL 2022 season by a hair’s breadth following a five-run victory against the Gujarat Titans.

Daniel Sams bowled a masterpiece of death bowling in the last over, combining wide yorkers, slower balls, and hard length balls to dismiss David Miller and Rahul Tewatia. After the first two balls failed to generate a boundary, the latter was run out in the third, pressing for a second. Miller had two chances to win with a six-run home run, but both were missed as Sams blasted the ball far beyond his hitting arc.

Gujarat, on the other hand, led by three-quarters of the way. The run out of Hardik Pandya (24 off 11) in the 18th over – who, like Tewatia, was caught just short without putting in a dive in – gave MI a foot in the door and enabled them to complete a spectacular turnaround following Gujarat’s blistering start.

Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill put on 106 in 12.1 overs, so there weren’t many problems at first. Early in the powerplay, the former was the aggressor, scoring 37 runs off the 54 runs they scored in the first six overs, and reaching his fifty in 34 balls. In his fight against Jasprit Bumrah, Saha symbolized Gujarat by hitting over his weight. Over the course of a few overs, he drove, flicked, pulled, and lofted Bumrah for three fours and two sixes.

Murugan Ashwin caught both Gill and Saha in the deep in the 13th over, and the tide changed. Gujarat were in trouble when Sai Sudharsan banged his stumps over with his bat, requiring 10-an-over in the last four overs before the final gasp. MI had gone through something similar earlier in the day.