IPL 2023, Qualifier 1, Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings: Chennai sail through to the 10th final
Chennai Super Kings advanced to the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 after their magnificent 15 run win at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai against Gujarat Titans.
After being put to bat first, the MS Dhoni-led side posted a total of 172 for five whereas the defending champion were bundled out for just 157.
Chennai yet again capitalised on the powerplay with the bat as their openers Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad blasted 87 runs for the opening partnership. While Gaikwad scored 60 runs in 44 balls with the help of seven boundaries and one six, Conway on the other hand struggled with his timing but managed 40 runs off 34 balls to go along with four boundaries. However, once the partnership was broken, Chennai failed to carry on the momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Shivam Dube, Ajinkya Rahane (17: 10b 1x6), Ambati Rayudu (17: 9b, 1x4, 1x6) and MS Dhoni were back in the hut for low scores before Ravindra Jadeja (22: 16b, 2x4) and Moeen Ali (nine not out: 4b, 1x6) finished the innings on a high to take their side to the total of 172. For Gujarat, Mohammad Shami (two for 28) and Mohit Sharma (two for 31) were the pick of the bowlers.
Gujarat yet again lost a wicket in the powerplay as Wriddhiman Saha (12: 11b, 2x4) fell prey to a short ball by Deepak Chahar. Then skipper Hardik Pandya (eight: 7b, 1x4) perished to Mahesh Theekshana to leave his side tottering at 41 for two inside the first six overs. Dasun Shanaka (17: 16b, 1x4, 1x6) then led the rescue charge with Shubman Gill and stitched 31 runs for the third wicket but couldn’t carry on the start that he got. Chennai spinners then kept wreaking havoc across the opposition’s batting lineup as David Miller along with Gill (42: 38b, 4x4, 1x6) and Rahul Tewatia too lost their wickets and Gujarat found themselves tottering at 98 for six. Vijay Shankar (14: 10b, 1x4) and Rashid Khan (30: 15b, 3x4, 2x6) brought back their side in the game with some lusty blows in the end but it wasn’t enough as they were all out for 157 runs to lose the game by 15 runs. For Chennai, Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with his figures of two for 18.
Chennai Super Kings: 172-5 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-87 (Ruturaj Gaikwad, 10.3 ov), 2-90 (Shivam Dube-11.3 ov), 3-121 (Ajinkya Rahane-14.5 ov), 4-125 (Devon Conway-15.1 ov), 5-148 (Ambati Rayudu-17.6 ov), 6-155 (MS Dhoni-18.5 ov), 7-172 (Ravindra Jadeja-19.6 ov)
Gujarat Titans: 157-10 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Wriddhiman Saha-2.6 ov), 2-41 (Hardik Pandya-5.5 ov), 3-72 (Dasun Shanaka-10.3 ov), 4-88 (David Miller-12.5 ov), 5-88 (Shubman Gill-13.1 ov), 6-98 (Rahul Tewatia-14.3 ov), 7-136 (Vijay Shankar-17.3 ov), 8-136 (Darshan Nalkande-17.4 ov), 9-142 (Rashid Khan-18.3 ov), 10-157 (Mohammed Shami-19.6 ov)
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (captain & wicketkeeper), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana; Subs: Matheesha Pathirana, Mitchell Santner, Subhranshu Senapati, Shaik Rasheed
Impact player: Matheesha Pathirana for Shivam Dube (2nd innings 0.1 ov)
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya (captain), Dasun Shanaka, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami Darshan Nalkande; Subs: Vijay Shankar, Srikar Bharat, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore Jayant Yadav
Impact player: Vijay Shankar for Mohit Sharma (2nd innings, 0.0 ov)
Toss: Gujarat Titans, elected to field
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Start time: 1400 hrs GMT
Match officials: Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Chris Gaffaney (On-field Umpires); Bruce Oxenford (TV Umpire); Virender Sharma (Reserve Umpire); Manu Nayyar (Match-referee)
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