Chennai lift IPL crown again

Wednesday 31st May 2023 06:03 EDT

Chennai Super Kings claimed a record-equalling fifth Indian Premier League title with a five-wicket win over Gujarat Titans in a rain-affected but thrilling summit showdown in Ahmedabad on Monday night.
Sai Sudharsan capitalised on a solid start when Gujarat were asked to bat and hammered 96 off 47 balls, including six sixes, for Gujarat, who amassed 214 for four.
Chasing a revised target of 171 from 15 overs after a lengthy rain interruption, Chennai survived intense drama before Ravindra Jadeja sealed their victory, hitting 10 runs off the last two deliveries.
After Dhoni won the toss and elected to field, Shubman Gill walked out to bat having smashed three hundreds in his past four innings. As Gill, the tournament's top scorer, was dropped at square-leg with the batter on three, the opener appeared to have luck on his side. Gill also survived a run out chance when Jadeja could not properly gather the ball before breaking the stumps. However, the left-arm spinner made up for it in the same over. When Jadeja enticed Gill (39) to leave the crease, Dhoni, 41, showed that his reflexes haven't slowed down with age by quickly whipping off the bails.
 Chahar also floored a return catch from Wriddhiman Saha, who smashed 54 before falling to the seamer with Dhoni collecting the top edge. Sudharsan then tore into the attack and hit Matheesha Pathirana for back-to-back sixes in the final over of the innings to inch closer to a hundred but Pathirana denied him the milestone.
 Rain forced Chennai openers off the pitch after three balls, stopping play for two hours and 20 minutes. Chasing the revised target, Ruturaj Gaikwad (26) and Devon Conway (47) plundered 72 runs from the first six overs before Noor Ahmad removed both in the seventh over. Needing 10 off the last two balls, Jadeja hit Mohit over his head for a six and followed it with a boundary to seal a thrilling victory.

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