IPL 2023: Brett Lee praises Shubman Gill after excellent century

Shubman Gill scored an unbeaten century to get GT home, which was also consecutive tons for the opening batter. Earlier in the match, RCB batter Virat Kohli also scored a century earlier in the match, but Gill’s hundred meant Kohli’s effort went in vain.

Gill not only matched Kohli shot for shot, he ended up with a better strike rate that was crucial to his team’s near-perfect chase. He was ably supported by Vijay Shankar, who came in as an impact player and hammered 53 off 35 balls. His innings were laced with seven boundaries and a couple of sixes.

RCB’s loss meant that Mumbai Indians (MI), who had earlier in the day beaten Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, moved into the playoffs by virtue of finishing fourth on the table with 16 points. RCB, on the other hand, ended up finishing sixth in the tournament on 14 points behind Rajasthan Royals.

The Titans, who topped the table with 20 points will now play Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday while MI will lock horns with Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator a day later. IPL expert Brett Lee was all praise for Gill.

“He hit eight sixes. I love how he goes on the leg side. He finds power. That he can do and access because he’s got strong wrists and he’s got beautiful timing,” Lee said on JioCinema.

Gill and Shankar put on a century stand and Lee said, “123 off 71 balls, that was the partnership that broke the back of the RCB bowlers. Yes, it was a wet ball, conditions didn’t really favour the bowlers but you got to give credit where credit is due. They both batted beautifully tonight.”

Speaking about Kohli’s ton, another JioCinema TATA IPL expert Anil Kumble said: “You could see that passion and hunger. Today was an important innings for RCB, no other batsman was going well today. Faf du Plessis is a very good player but after he got out quick the pressure was on Virat Kohli. But with that pressure and responsibility he scored a great century.”

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