Gujarat Titans beat Chennai Super Kings by five wickets to get its IPL (Indian Premier League) 2023 campaign off to a winning start at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Gujarat elephants made a winning launch to its title defence, beating Chennai Super lords by five lattices in the Indian Premier League nature at the Narendra Modi colosseum then on Friday.
Set 179 to win, it appeared that the elephants had let the chase drag on for too long. With 34 demanded off four overs, Deepak Chahar and debutant Rajvardhan Hangargekar gave away just 11 runs and the ultimate indeed dismissed Vijay Shankar, the home side’s last specialist batter.
But Rashid Khan smashed Chahar for a massive six overmid-wicket and edged one over short third- man for four in the penultimate over before Rahul Tewatia finished it off with a six and a four off Tushar Deshpande( IPL’s first- ever Impact Player).
For elephants Shubman Gill played the anchor( 63, 36b, 6×4, 3×6). important of his fur was deft, but it wasn’t without his trademark shots – a short- arm poke for four, a pick- up megahit for six and a atrocious inside- eschewal outside off Ravindra Jadeja.
For the alternate gate, he put on 53 runs off 34 balls with Sai Sudharsan, the Impact Player cover for Kane Williamson, who poorly injured his right knee while saving a six. When Gill was dismissed, elephants demanded 41 off 30 balls and sounded in a slight spot of bother. But its fur depth carried the day.
After being asked to club first, CSK rode on Ruturaj Gaikwad’s magnific 92( 50b, 4×4, 9×6). The 26- time-old’s fur stood out for its grace and timing, and was devoid of the frenzied stroke- play that’s commonplace in T20s. But for a direct megahit Gill missed when he was on 36, it was a chanceless innings.
Gaikwad started with two punched fours off Hardik Pandya in the alternate over and also ate Josh Little – the first cricketer from Ireland to play in the IPL – with a six over fine- leg.
While Rashid was at his stifling stylish( 4-0-26-2), elephants blurted runs from the other end. Gaikwad smashed Hardik for successive sixes over long- out and also smashed Alzarri Joseph for three outsides in the bow between fine- leg and deep backward square- leg. He’d his half- century from just 23 balls.
Still, CSK’s instigation shifted for the worse from 13th over on. From 120 for four after12.3 overs, M.S. Dhoni’s men couldn’t manage a single megahit to the hedge for 21 balls, with Joseph( 4-0-33-2) bowling outstandingly well to concede just 11 from two overs.
With Gaikwad’s redundancy eight runs short of a century, there were no end- overs flourish, which eventually bring CSK the match. Know More IPL News…