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IPL 2024, CSK vs GT: Clinical CSK execute perfect job, demolish GT

IPL 2024, CSK vs GT: Clinical Chennai Super Kings (CSK) execute perfect job, demolish Gujarat Titans. Rachin Ravindra and Shivam Dube shine with the bat. Top takeaways from CSK vs GT, game, Chennai.

IPL 2024, CSK vs GT_ CSK beat GT at home goes top in points table _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©IPL_X)
IPL 2024: CSK beat GT at home goes top in points table (Images: ©IPL/X)

In what was a repeat of the 2023 IPL final, the defending champions Chennai Super Kings took on the Shubman Gill-led Gujarat Titans in their second home game of the season. The visitors hold the edge when it comes to the head-to-head as GT has won thrice in five matches between them. However, CSK won the 2 most important matches of the 2023 season (Qualifier 1 and Final).

In the end, the home side made it three wins on the trot against GT winning the contest by 63 runs, thanks to a dominant all-round performance. Gill won the toss & opted to field. Thanks to the start from the new opening batting duo of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rachin Ravindra, followed by a carnage-filled 51 from Shivam Dube, CSK posted a massive 206/6 on the board.

The target was always going to be difficult to chase and the loss of early wickets didn’t help Gujarat Titans’ cause either. A complete bowling performance from CSK gave them a resounding win.

Brief Scores: CSK – 206/6 (Shivam Dube 51, Rachin Ravindra 46, Rashid Khan 2/49) beat GT 143/8 ( Sai Sudharsan 37, David Miller 21, Tushar Deshpande 2/21) by 63 runs.

Here are the key takeaways from the CSK vs GT match 

Rachin Ravindra and Shivam Dube annihilate Gujarat's bowling 

If we take a look at CSK’s batting mantra since the 2023 season, it’s been quite simple. And that is to attack, regardless of the bowling attack they are up against. Their batting template followed the same suit in this game against Gujarat Titans, who two of the top three wicket-takers of the last season among their ranks.

Rachin Ravindra, CSK’s newest acquisition didn’t take much time to acclimatize to the team’s strategy as he went guns from the word go. He scored 46 of the home side’s first 62 runs in just 20 balls and was severe on both GT’s opening bowlers Azmatullah Omarzai & Umesh Yadav. 

His blazing start which included 3 maximums gave the perfect launch pad for the middle-order batter Shivam Dube to capitalize on. The latter is having a dream run in the IPL after joining CSK in 2022. He scored his sixth half-century for the team. The attacking left-hander punished every bowler, smashing five sixes in his 23-ball 51. His knock coupled with useful contributions from the rest of the batters propelled the total past the 200-run mark. This is just the fourth 200+ score against GT in the IPL.

IPL 2024, CSK vs GT_ Shivam Dubey scored 51 against Gujarat Titans _ Walking Wicket (Images_ ©IPL_X)
IPL 2024: Shivam Dubey scored 51 against Gujarat Titans (Images: ©IPL/X)
Clinical bowling display ensures 2nd successive win for CSK

Defending a huge total, CSK were always favourites post the first innings. They made it even tougher for the opposition with a dominant display of bowling right throughout their defense. It all started with Deepak Chahar’s twin strike to dismiss Titans’ openers within the powerplay and keep things tight in the middle overs. Ultimately, it led to opposition wickets falling like nine pins.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and CSK rotated their bowlers expertly. Daryll Mitchell, who didn’t bowl in the tournament opener, chipped in with a wicket. At the same time, Tushar Deshpande produced a great spell ending with 2/21. CSK’s attack looks a lot stronger with the inclusion of Matheesha Pathirana. The Sri Lanka pacer had a decent first outing. Overall, every bowler chipped in and these are good signs for CSK.

Another thing that stood out during CSK’s defense was their fielding. While historically, CSK had some of the best fielding units in the IPL, it was all on the show today at Chepauk. Known for his safekeeping skills, MS Dhoni took a blinder to dismiss Vijay Shankar. Ajinkya Rahane bettered it by taking a stunning catch diving forward in the outfield. Overall, it was a great outing as a skipper for Gaikwad, be it with bat or on the field, making all correct tactical calls.


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