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Ishan Kishan’s horror run continues as he goes for a four-ball duck against Gujarat Titans | Cricket News

Ishan Kishan’s terrible form continued as he was sent off for a four-ball duck during Mumbai Indians’ IPL 2024 match against Gujarat Titans on Sunday. Kishan, who was delisted from the BCCI central contract list, has struggled to score runs in the last few games and once again failed to score big. Kishan faced just four balls in the game before he was dismissed by Azmatullah Omarzai in the first over of Mumbai Indians’ innings. Kishan ended up playing away from his body while tackling an outswinger from Omarzai and Wriddhiman Saha completed the catch with aplomb.

Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah (3/14) was at his best in his first IPL game in two years, firing his express yorkers at will to help Mumbai Indians restrict Gujarat Titans to 168/6.

Young left-hander B Sai Sudharsan top-scored with 45 off 39 balls while Rahul Tewatia scored 22 off 15 balls behind.

But the evening undoubtedly belonged to Bumrah, who missed the entire last edition due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

He dismissed David Miller and Sudharsan in the 17th over within three deliveries, which could potentially change the game.

Thinking there might be dew later in the evening, MI’s new captain Hardik Pandya invited GT to bat first and Shubman Gill was up to the task in his first game as captain.

Looking to make an impression against his former team, Pandya opened the bowling and Wriddhiman Saha (19) hit a long ball to the offside to start GT’s campaign with a boundary.

Against Gill, Pandya made a mistake in the line and the stylish batsman used his wrists to sweep him off the pads for a four as the MI captain conceded 11 runs after his surprise move, the proceedings at the expense of one of the best bowlers in the world opened, Jasprit Bumrah.

As Saha hit a couple of useful boundaries, Gill found the fence with absolute ease while GT was on his way to a flyer.

However, Bumrah’s introduction in the fourth over gave MI instant success as the leading pacer sent Saha back with an express yorker that hit the base of middle stump. The former India stumper failed to bring his bat to the ground quickly.

Spin was used in Shams Mulani and Gill rocked back to cut the left-arm spinner through cover for a four. The GT captain then sat on one leg to slog-sweep Mulani for a massive six over deep square leg.

Piyush Chawla bowled an economical first over although GT managed 47 runs for the loss of one wicket in the powerplay.

Chawla continued and Gill tried to disrupt his rhythm but failed. He danced down the ground to throw it up but couldn’t get the height he needed as Rohit Sharma, not usually seen in such positions, judged well to complete a neat catch in the deep.

The experienced Chawla caught the big fish with a googly as Gill (31 off 22 balls) went back after hitting his eye, much to the relief of the throngs of Mumbai fans at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

However, with Sai Sudharsan determined to pick up where he left off with a magnificent 96 in the title clash against CSK last season, MI knew they had their task cut out for them.

South African pacer Gerald Coetzee was in charge of Azmatullah Omarzai (17), while the brilliant Bumrah sent back David Miller and Sudharsan in one over before Rahul Tewatia blasted GT with his powerful shots.

(With PTI inputs)

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