Walking in to bat at No.3 after Shubman Gill’s dismissal, Sudharsan started off cautiously and was batting on 20 in 17 balls at one stage, before taking on Ravindra Jadeja in the 13th over, hitting him for a four and a six. After Wriddhiman Saha fell in the next over, Sudharsan took it upon himself to ensure that GT reached a competitive total. He scored his third fifty of the season, off 33 balls, and hit three sixes and five fours thereafter, as he neared his maiden IPL ton.
The standout shots were the twin sixes he smashed in the last over, off Matheesha Pathirana. He walked down the track and opened the face of the bat to send the half-volley over extra cover for a six. “That did not just happen,” exclaimed Harsha Bhogle on commentary.
Sudharsan smoked the next ball, in the slot, for another six, to reach 96. This one travelled 97 metres. However, the dream remained unfulfilled as he was out caught on the third ball. It was still the third-highest knock by any player in the final of an IPL, after the hundreds by Saha in 2014 and Shane Watson in 2018.