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‘Gritty and tenacious, one of those cricketers it’s difficult not to like’ – Wriddhiman Saha 50 seals GT win, Twitter reacts

Wriddhiman Saha played a match-winning half-century to take the Gujarat Titans home against the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. The wicket-keeper batter remained undefeated on 67 off 57 balls, guiding his team to a win in the final over of the match. Saha struck eight fours and a six at a strikerate of 117.

Though the Titans took the game to the end, it was a comfortable win. They lost Shubman Gill to debutant Matheesha Pathirana immediately after the powerplay after he’d made 18, but the openers had already made a breezy start to their chase. Gill’s wicket concluded an partnership and powerplay score of 59, and by then the Titans needed only 75 in 78 balls.

Saha started briskly, though he had a bit of luck going his way in Mukesh Choudhary’s first over. An inside edge missed the stumps and went for four, so did a top edge that went directly over the MS Dhoni. Then he steered a length ball to third man for four, and GT had 12 runs off their first over.

Saha continued to torment Mukesh, striking another two boundaries off his following over. He was dropped by Ruturaj Gaikwad off that over, the fielder spilling a sitter that had been spliced straight to him. It’s fair to say Saha made them pay for it. After racing to 46 off 20 balls, he barely took strike for the next two overs as Matthew Wade scored 20 from the other end.

The run-rate slowed as Matthew Wade and Hardik Pandya fell in quick succession. A steady 37-run partnership between David Miller and Saha guided GT to an easy win, and hit the winning runs with a boundary gently nudged to third man.

 

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