IPL 2023, CSK vs GT, Qualifier 1: Gaikwad & bowlers take CSK to tenth IPL Final
IPL 2023, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Gujarat Titans (GT), Qualifier 1: Ruturaj Gaikwad's 60, Ravindra Jadeja's 22 & 2-18 and Deepak Chahar-Maheesh Theekshana's combined 4-57 are top performances. CSK beat GT and enter to their 10th IPL final.
Brief Scores: CSK 172/7 (Ruturaj 60, Conway 40, Shami 2/28) beat GT 157 (Gill 42, Rashid 30, Jadeja 2/18) by 15 runs.
Player of the Match: Ruturaj Gaikwad (60 runs in 44 balls)
The table toppers from the league stage, Gujarat Titans (GT) took on Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who have made their 12th playoffs in their 14 seasons, during the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. In all three games both teams have faced each other, GT have three successful run chases.
Maiden IPL win over GT carried Chennai to their tenth IPL final
GT captain Hardik Pandya on winning the toss bowled first on a track that looked dry and was expected to help the spinners. While CSK went with the same playing eleven, Gujarat brought Darshan Nalkande in place of Yash Dayal.
Put into bat first, the opening partnership between Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway began well with 49/0 in the powerplay and stretching it up to 85/0 at the halfway mark. The GT spinners slowed down CSK in the next phase keeping them down to 125/3 in 15 overs before with some flourish shots, CSK reached to 172/7 in their allotted 20 overs.
Chasing 173, the Titans didn’t have a great start with 41/2 in the powerplay before reaching to 72/2 in 10 overs. They slowed down terribly to 102/6 in 15 overs before they tried hard but was bundled out for 157 in 20 overs, losing the game by 15 runs.
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Talking point: CSK relied on excellent opening combo
One of the main reasons for the success of CSK in this season has been their opening partnership where Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway have given them great starts in most of the game.
The former is now on 564 runs in 15 games while Conway now has 625 runs in 15 games. CSK will hope to get the same sort of contribution in the final and in the upcoming seasons.
Let’s scan the top three performances from the game between GT and CSK