CHENNAI: Opener Rituraj Gaikwad’s half-century and his 40-run partnership with Devon Conway and Ravindra Jadeja’s 16-ball 22 as Chennai Super Kings chased down Gujarat’s target of 172 for 7 in 20 overs in the first IPL qualifier here on Tuesday. CSK won the match by 15 runs and entered the final after the Titans were bowled out for 157 runs.
Gujarat Titans lost 6 wickets for 98 runs at the target Ambwa ground and then a 38 run partnership between Vijay Shankar and Rashid Khan took the score to 136 and finally CSK won by 15 runs as Gujarat were bowled out for 157 runs.
After Gujarat Titans won the toss and elected to field, Chennai Super Kings got off to a good start as usual by Gaikwad-Conway. After the Powerplay, Gujarat’s bowlers collapsed CSK’s middle order, losing the first wicket for 87 runs, and then losing three more wickets in the addition of 38 runs, in 10.1 overs, their score was 125 for 4 and at the end of 20 overs, they could only reach 172 for 7. were Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma took 2-2 each while Darshan Nalkande, Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed took 1 wicket each for Gujarat Titans.
BCCI’s initiative to plant 500 trees for every dot ball
CHENNAI: A special graphic was seen for the dot ball bowled during Chennai Super Kings’ match against defending champions Gujarat Titans in the first qualifier at Chepauk on Tuesday. Broadcasters replaced the dot ball with a tree symbol and this sparked public curiosity. The reason for doing so was that the BCCI has pledged to plant 500 trees for every dot ball bowled during the playoffs of the current IPL season. People watching the telecast of the high-profile match between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans were surprised to see a graphic of a tree at the bottom right of the screen at the time of the dot balls in the overs column. In this regard, it was learned that the small green tree symbol seen in place of the dot ball represented the BCCI’s initiative to plant 500 trees for every dot ball in the knockout stages of this year’s tournament.
You have to be a devil to hate Dhoni: Hardik Pandya
Chennai: Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya says you have to be a devil to hate Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is probably playing his last Indian Premier League tournament. Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans will play the first qualifier at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Pandya also dispelled the belief that Dhoni, one of India’s most successful captains, is a serious person.
In a video posted by Gujarat Titans on social media, Pandya said, I will always be a fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. You need to be a devil to hate Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The changes that Dhoni has made in the team compared to last season have once again brought the Super Kings into the limelight. After finishing ninth out of 10 teams last season, this time the team has made it to the play-offs and is in contention to win its fifth IPL title.