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IPL 2024, GT vs CSK, Key Takeaways: Centuries by GT openers, crucial 3-fer from Mohit trump CSK

IPL 2024, GT vs CSK, Key Takeaways: Centuries from Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan and Mohit Sharma's 3-41 derail CSK's playoff plans. Top takeaways for CSK and Gujarat Titans from the match.


IPL 2024, GT vs CSK_ Shubman Gill and Sai Sudharsan added 210 for first wicket _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
IPL 2024: Gill and Sudharsan added 210 for first wicket (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)

Brief Scores: GT 231/3 (Shubman Gill 104, Sai Sudharsan 103, Tushar Deshpande 2/33) beat CSK 196/8 (Daryl Mitchell 63, Moeen Ali 56, Mohit Sharma 3/31) by 35 runs.


Player of the Match: Shubman Gill - 104 (55)


Tenth placed Gujarat Titans (GT) took on the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at home in a clash that had the potential to determine the fate of more than one team in IPL 2024.


The Titans continued to stay in the playoffs hunt with a comprehensive win, courtesy of magnificent tons from openers Shubman Gill & Sai Sudharsan. Their 210-run stand and a poor bowling effort by CSK led to GT walloping 231 after being inserted into batting first.


Despite fighting half-centuries from CSK’s overseas stars Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell, 232 was always a steep chase for the visitors. Especially after their torrid beginning with the bat. This is their fourth loss in their last six games and it strengthens the fact that the Super Kings are losing the plot in the second half of the season.


Key Takeaways from GT vs CSK, Match 59, Winning Team (GT)


Shubman Gill finally comes to party

The former champions have had a lacklustre outing in this IPL and one of the reasons was the indifferent form of their skipper Shubman Gill at the top of batting order. In his last five innings, the GT opener scored just 67 runs with 35 being his highest. His overall aggregate read 322 from 11 knocks.

 

Lack of runs has not only dented his own confidence but also affected the Titans’ progress. They lost four of these games that are in question, which is why this 104 against CSK is all the more important. It not only snapped GT’s losing-streak but also will do the confidence of Gill a lot good.


Key Takeaways from GT vs CSK, Match 59, Losing Team (CSK)


IPL 2024, GT vs CSK_ Daryl Mitchell, Moeen Ali added 109 runs for 4th wicket  _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
Mitchell, Ali added 109 runs for 4th wicket (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)
Bowling injuries hurt CSK 

CSK’s bowling was never the team’s strong suit in this IPL and it got further depleted with their main fast bowling trio missing. Matheesha Pathirana, who was their best bowler in terms of impact, had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury. Mustafizur Rahman, the joint highest wicket-taker for the team with 14 scalps had to return due to international duty and their India pace spearhead Deepak Chahar is also out with injury.


This leaves them with a weak pace attack. In a belter of a track, their spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner went for a combined 60 runs in four overs while their sixth bowler for the evening Daryl Mitchell gave away 52 in his four. Adding to the woes, last match’s hero Simarjeet Singh (0/60) also proved to be expensive. It was only due to Shardul Thakur and Tushar Deshpande's efforts that CSK didn’t concede more than 231 runs.



Mitchell & Ali’s return among the runs 

Chasing a mammoth 232, CSK would have hoped to be in a better position than getting reduced to 10/3 inside three over with their skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad going out for a duck. However, a positive CSK could get out from a largely forgettable evening are the batting returns of Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell


The overseas pair stitched 119 runs for the fourth wicket and this was the highest partnership for CSK this season. Both of these players hit their respective milestones and their form could be crucial for the team in coming games. 



Statistical highlights from GT vs CSK, Match 59
  • Shardul has a great record against GT skipper Shubman Gill in T20 cricket. Before this game, the pacer had given away just 35 runs from 31 deliveries while taking Gill’s wicket twice. 

  • Pacer Kartik Tyagi makes his first appearance for the Titans in the IPL. He has earlier represented SRH and RR in earlier seasons.

  • GT’s Sai Sudarshan became the joint third quickest (along with Matthew Hayden) in terms of innings to cross the 1000 run mark in IPL. He did so in his 25th innings and only Shaun Marsh (21) and Lendl Simmons (23) have reached the landmark faster.

  • Shubman Gill registered his fourth IPL ton and his opening partner Sai Sudharsan struck his maiden IPL ton. In fact, Gill’s century is the 100th in IPL history.

  • This is the second time when both openers have scored hundreds in an IPL game. The first was the pair of David Warner (100*) and Jonny Bairstow (114) when they represented SRH back in 2019. 

  • Their 210-run stand is the joint highest for the opening wicket along with Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul for LSG. This is also the joint third highest stand for any wicket in IPL. 

  • GT’s 231 is the joint highest total recorded against CSK in IPL. PBKS made the same score back in 2014.

Points Table Scenario and what’s next to come

With this result, three teams namely Delhi Capitals (DC), Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are tied at 12 points. The men in yellow will go back home to take-on Rajasthan Royals (RR) on May 12 while GT face the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) a day later at Ahmedabad.


Up next, table toppers KKR will be facing the Mumbai Indians (MI) in game 60 of IPL 2024 at the Eden Gardens.  

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