Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill fifties at the top went in vain in 178 chase as Mumbai Indians defeated Gujarat Titans by 5 runs in a last over thriller in Mumbai.

Titans squander a winning position to suffer second loss in a row as Mumbai Indians snare back-to-back victories despite Pollard’s struggles against quality bowling.

Gujarat Titans will wonder how they let this one go. Chasing what looked like an inadequate total of 177 with dew to help their cause, openers Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill had put on 54 in the Powerplay enroute a 106-run stand in just over 12 overs. The result seemed to be a foregone conclusion before two run-outs by the barest of margins and a bizarre hit-wicket dismissal turned the match on its head as Titans fell five runs short.

Even then, Titans needed just nine of the final over – a requirement achieved more often than not – especially with ice-men David Miller and Rahul Tewatia at the crease. Daniel Sams has not been known for his thrift during his time in the IPL, but showed good control over his nerves and skills as the league leaders, for once, fell short in a chase.

He mounted pressure on Tewatia, Rashid and finally denied David Miller the breadth to hit the winning boundary, as Titans were smothered right at the end. Ishan Kishan chipped in with run-outs of Hardik Pandya and crucially, Tewatia.

The Titans are still waiting to cement their spot in the playoffs.