Day 54, Match 71, GT vs CSK - Qualifier 1 - Highlights, IPL 2023
Congratulations to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who have made it to the final of the IPL 2023 with a thrilling 15-run victory over the Gujarat Titans. The match was held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium situated in Chennai. Ruturaj Gaikwad played a crucial role in CSK's victory by scoring a half-century, supported by notable contributions from Devon Conway, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ambati Rayudu. Together, they helped CSK reach a challenging total of 172 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
In response, the defending champions, the Gujarat Titans, were bowled out for 157 runs. It was a bittersweet moment for CSK fans as this marked MS Dhoni's final game at Chepauk this season, but unfortunately, he could only score 1 run. Ruturaj Gaikwad's superb knock of 60 runs off 44 balls was a highlight of the match, while Conway contributed with 40 runs off 34 balls. Jadeja added 22 runs off 16 balls, and Rayudu fired 17 runs in just 9 balls. For the Gujarat Titans, Mohammad Shami and Mohit Sharma picked up 2 wickets each.
The match started with the Gujarat Titans winning the toss and choosing to bowl first at Chepauk. The CSK team remained unchanged from their previous victory against the Delhi Capitals on Saturday. On the other hand, the Gujarat Titans made a change to their playing XI, with Darshan Nalkande coming in place of Yash Dayal.
The clash between CSK and GT was highly anticipated as they were the top two teams in the group stage. The Gujarat Titans completed at the top side of the table having 20 points from the 14 matches. Shubman Gill stood out in their batting unit, scoring over 600 runs, including a couple of centuries in the last two matches. Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan played crucial roles with the ball, contributing to the team's success. Hardik Pandya led the Titans with great determination, and their collective effort on the field made them the most dominant side of the season so far.
While the Chennai Super Kings were once again a force to be reckoned with at Chepauk, it would be challenging for the Gujarat Titans to breach their fortress. Despite facing injury crises, MS Dhoni managed his resources well, and CSK finished second in the points table. Although Ben Stokes, their big buy for this season, played only two matches before returning to England for the home summer, CSK found stability in their batting department with the formidable pair of Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Ajinkya Rahane and Shivam Dube provided further stability in the middle order, while Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni continued to provide the finishing touch to CSK's innings.
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This season, the Gujarat Titans had not played at Chepauk before, and the behavior of the pitch was a cause for concern. Head coach Stephen Fleming raised apprehensions about what to expect from the pitch during the match.
What adds more excitement to this battle is the fact that the Gujarat Titans seem to be the closest team to embodying what CSK has been throughout the IPL years. They resemble the prototype of CSK's successful legacy in the tournament.
Overall, the clash between CSK and GT was filled with anticipation, and both teams displayed their strengths and skills on the field. With CSK securing their spot in the IPL 2023 final, fans eagerly awaited the ultimate showdown to see who would emerge as the champion of this prestigious tournament.
GT vs CSK full squad
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (c), Matheesha Pathirana, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Ambati Rayudu, Maheesh Theekshana, Mitchell Santner, Shaik Rasheed, Subhranshu Senapati, Akash Singh, RS Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Sisanda Magala, Prashant Solanki, Ajay Jadav Mandal, Simarjeet Singh, Nishant Sindhu, Bhagath Varma
Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), Rahul Tewatia, Joshua Little, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Jayant Yadav, Sai Sudharsan, Srikar Bharat, Pradeep Sangwan, Abhinav Manohar, Matthew Wade, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Odean Smith, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Darshan Nalkande, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Shubman Gill, Mohit Sharma, Yash Dayal
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