In the final of the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the four-time champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) locked horns with the defending champions, Gujarat Titans (GT) at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad on Monday, May 29.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first. The visitors, while batting first, scored a mammoth total of 214 runs with the loss of just four wickets after the completion of the first innings. The highest scorer for GT was Sai Sudarshan, who slammed a brilliant knock of 96 runs off just 47 balls with eight fours and six sixes in his innings. Their wicketkeeper-batter, Wridhiman Saha scored crucial 54 runs from 39 balls with five fours and a six in his innings.
In the end, GT skipper, Hardik Pandya played a quickfire knock of 21 runs from 12 balls with two sixes in his innings. For Super Kings, the pick of the bowler was Sri Lankan youngster, Matheesha Pathirana, who snapped two wickets in his spell of four overs, where he conceded 44 runs in his spell. One wicket each was grabbed by Deepak Chahar and Ravindra Jadeja in their respective spells of four overs, where they conceded 38 runs each.
CSK won the match on the last ball
While chasing the target, the rain interrupted the second innings, and the match was reduced to 15 overs where CSK have a chase down a big total of 171 runs. Every bowler was allowed to bowl a maximum of three overs and the powerplay was four overs.
The Super Kings openers, Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad provided a solid start to the side as they both together put on a total of 74 runs before the latter was dismissed on the bowling of Noor Ahmad after scoring a total of 26 runs from 16 balls with three fours and as six in his innings. Before getting dismissed, Conway also scored crucial 47 runs from just 25 balls with four fours and two sixes in his innings.
The CSK middle order then did the heavy lifting for the team, with Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, and Ambati Rayudu playing brilliant cameos. In the end, with 10 runs needed in the last two balls, Ravindra Jadeja held his nerves to hit a six and a four to take his team home.
The pick of the GT bowlers was Mohit Sharma, who snapped three wickets in his spell of three overs, where he conceded 36 runs. Two wickets were grabbed by Noor Ahmad where he conceded just 17 runs in his spell.
Here’s how fans reacted after Chennai Super Kings lifted the title for the fifth title in the Indian Premier League:
Greatest finish ever to the Greatest IPL Season Ever
What a Match that was
— KhabriBhai (@RealKhabriBhai) May 29, 2023
— Ramen (@CoconutShawarma) May 29, 2023
— Mohammed Sheriff AHS (@mohammedsheriff) May 29, 2023