Live Cricket Score: Qualifier 1 | Gujarat Titans vs. Chennai Super Kings | Match 71 | IPL 2023

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CSK win by 15 runs, march into their 10 IPL final! Gujarat Titans to play Eliminator in Ahmedabad!

Death Overs: GT 157-10 (20 overs)

The wickets kept falling, and it looked like advantage CSK throughout, but the Rashid factor was telling, especially with the dew making the ball slip out of the pacers’ hands and forcing wides, in addition to the carnage Rashid wreaked on Tushar Deshpande, smashing him for 19 off the 17th over, bringing it down to 39 off 19.

However, a brilliant bit of captaincy had Rashid caught at deep backward point, and it was too much for the final pair to pull off, as CSK coasted into their 10th IPL final!

Middle Overs: GT 102-6 (15 overs)

Dasun Shanaka looked like he would take it away and give the Titans momentum with a couple of sixes off Theekshana, but he departed to a reverse-sweep to Jadeja soon after, bringing in Miller to join Gill. It has to be this partnership to do the majority of the scoring….

…but it wasn’t to be. Miller departed soon after knocked over by Jadeja, and soon after, an event that could compare to MS Dhoni coming out to bat at the Chepauk – Deepak Chahar getting rid of Shubman Gill. The threat of Rahul Tewatia was neutralized in Theekshana’s final over, and GT were 98-6.

Gujarat’s hopes hang by a thread, as Vijay Shankar (who played a vital role in the last game with a fifty) and Rashid Khan – (who hit 10 sixes in a ridiculous 79 very recently), aren’t incapable of doing this. Game isn’t over. Not yet.

Powerplay: GT: 41-2 (6 overs)

It was clear that the ball was coming rather slowly off the surface, and the initial part of the first innings was the truest it would get tonight. Saha struggled to score, and eventually departed to Deepak Chahar, before Hardik Pandya was deceived by the ball stopping on him, losing his wicket to Theekshana. Going at less than 7rpo, the Gujarat Titans don’t exactly have a cakewalk ahead of them.


Death overs: CSK 172-7 (20 overs)

A couple of wickets in this phase, including that of Rayudu after he dispatched Rashid for a massive six, and that of Dhoni for just 1, silencing a raucous Chennai crowd. 41 in this 4-over phase, as Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja, struck a few lusty blows on a surface that continued to slow down, and an outfield that didn’t look like it provided much value for shots either, given the wicket of Jadeja off the final ball. Can Gujarat chas.. scratch that… can Chennai defend this against the master-chasers?

Middle overs: CSK 131-4 (16 overs)

When the start is steady, read “sedate but wicketless”, the expectation is that the batsmen will “get in” and turn up the heat. Except Gujarat Titans essentially have two purple cap holders, one of whom is a mystery spinner impossible to get away, and another budding spinner under him. That’s twelve overs gone, and the pressure can build, even on the masters of zen.

And when the “targetable” bowlers start keeping things tight as well, things get rough. Gaikwad was the first to go, against the run of play, to Mohit Sharma. Dube was knocked over by Noor, through an ugly slog, and then Rahane, after a cameo cut short left too. It had to be Conway who finally got going, but he succumbed to the pressure for a 33-ball 40.

82 runs in 10 overs in the middle phase isn’t the best. 4 wickets in that phase is even worse. And when you’re setting a target against the chase masters of the IPL, it could spell doom…

Powerplay: CSK 49-0 (6 overs)

A quiet start, as it should be, with the joint-highest wicket-takers of the tournament bowling in this phase, but the highlight of this phase was the wicket of Ruturaj taken by Nalkande, off a no-ball – after which Gaikwad dispatched a six off the free-hit and creamed a boundary! The openers were sedate against Shami, Rashid and Noor Ahmad, but maintained a run-rate of over 8! Against the master-chasers, the Super Kings are going to need a mega-flourish! A minimum of 200, I would think!


Gujarat Titans (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya(c), Dasun Shanaka, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Darshan Nalkande, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana

TOSS: Gujarat Titans win the toss and elect to bowl first!

Deja-vu much?

And here we stand. The opening game of the 2023 IPL at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad never saw a counterpart in Chennai. At least in the league stages. And as fate and the powers that be would have it, they will face off in Chennai this time, for a direct entry into the final – in Ahmedabad, which could ALSO potentially be between the two teams, such is the setup of the playoffs.

However, before we look that far ahead, here are some numbers: CSK 0 – 3 GT. That’s not a long-term stat, but it’s damning. CSK have clearly struggled against Gujarat since they have started playing in the IPL, and it’s been majorly because of their struggles against spin. Can they TURN it around today? None better than CSK to show up on the big day…

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