The ever-consistent Chennai Super Kings eased towards the final of the TATA IPL 2023, defeating Gujarat Titans by 15 runs in Qualifier 1 at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. Let’s review how the GT vs CSK match unfolded!
GT vs CSK: Match Report
Hardik Pandya, the captain of the Gujarat Titans, won the toss and chose to bowl. Darshan Nalkande took the place of Yash Dayal in the starting XI. The Chennai Super Kings, on the other side, announced an unchanged starting lineup.
Ruturaj Gaikwad shined bright with the bat, hitting a spectacular 60(44) to set the tone. Ambati Rayudu (17 off 9) and Ravindra Jadeja (22 off 16) then provided a critical late flourish to lift CSK to a challenging 172/7. Mohammed Shami (2/28) and Mohit Sharma (2/31) were the pick of the bowlers.
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CSK got off to an 87-run opening stand which was broken by Mohit Sharma. They soon lost wickets in a cluster and were 125/4 in the 16th over. The trio of Rayudu, Jadeja and Moeen played crucial cameos to yield 35 runs in the last three overs.
GT announced Vijay Shankar as their Impact Player at the start of the second innings, replacing Mohit Sharma, while CSK introduced Matheesha Pathirana as their Impact Player in the first over of the second innings.
Chasing 173, Gujarat Titans got off to a shaky start after losing Wriddhiman Saha and captain Pandya in the powerplay. GT finished the Powerplay with a score of 41/2. Dasun Shanaka, who came in at no. 4 put a good stand with Shubman Gill but fell to Jadeja. The Titans soon went from 72/2 to 88/5 as Jadeja and Chahar scalped Miller and Gill quickly.
Theekshana came back into the attack and removed the dangerous Tewatia for 3. Vijay Shankar and Rashid Khan threatened to steal the game with a 16-ball 30, but Tushar Deshpande removed him in the penultimate over to seal the game. In the previous over Gaikwad took a stunning catch to remove Shankar. The substitute fielder Senapati hit a direct hit to get Nalkande on the very next ball.
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Gujarat Titans needed 27 runs but could only manage 11 runs off the final over as Pathirana picked up the decisive wicket of Shami, sparking wild jubilation in the fans as CSK marched into their 10th IPL final, more than any other side in the league.
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