Shubman Gill smashed 55-ball 122 vs Karnataka in SMAT 2022, a day after India's T20I call-up
The Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy 2022 is underway in India. And this competition has reached its business end, and the quarter-final games are being played now. So far, SMAT has given many memorable performances, which have turned out to be incredible.
On Tuesday, one such performance was seen in the first quarter-final between Karnataka and Punjab at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. After winning the toss, Karnataka chose to bowl first. And Punjab batted brilliantly to post a big total of 225/4 in their 20 overs.
It was Indian star opener Shubman Gill who brought up his maiden T20 century off just 49 balls. He ended up scoring 126 runs off just 55 balls, including 11 fours and nine sixes, to help Punjab cross the 220-run mark. Gill added 151 runs for the third wicket with Anmolpreet Singh.
1⃣2⃣6⃣ Runs— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) November 1, 2022
9⃣ Sixes@ShubmanGill set the stage on fire 🔥 🔥 & scored a sensational TON for Punjab in the #QF1 of the #SyedMushtaqAliT20. 💪 💪 #KARvPUN | @mastercardindia
Watch that stunning knock 🎥 🔽https://t.co/pG2FTfAqGC
Singh also made 59 off 43 balls. Notably, Punjab lost their first two wickets for just 10 runs in 2.1 overs, and from there on, these two batters took them to a massive score. Notably, Gill scored his maiden T20 century after one day after getting named in the Indian T20I side for the New Zealand series.
As India has given rest to Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, it looks like Gill is likely to make his debut in the series soon, starting from November 18. On the other hand, the 23-year-old was not part of the T20 World Cup squad for India.
However, he has been a regular member of the Indian ODI team in recent series. Although he couldn't score much in the three ODIs against South Africa at home, in the SMAT 2022, he has already registered a fifty and a century.
Speaking of the game, chasing the target of 226 runs, Karnataka started poorly. They lost their first three wickets for just 18 runs in 2.5 overs. But after that, Manish Pandey (45 off 29) and Abhinav Manohar (62* off 29) tried hard, but Karnataka fell short by 9 runs and made 216/6 in their 20 overs.