Puno, April 18: An undefeated strike by David Miller (94 of 51) and late blitz by Rashid Khan propelled the Gujarat Titans to a memorable three-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in a thrilling IPL 2022 match at the IPL 2022 Stadium. Maharashtra (MCA), here on Sunday. .
With this win, Gujarat rose to the top of the table with 10 points from six matches, while CSK suffered their fifth loss in six outings.
Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad scored runs again with an excellent half-century (73 for 48) and helped Chennai Super Kings post 169-5 in 20 overs. Apart from Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu (46 of 31) played a solid stroke and both batsmen put together a crucial partnership of 92 runs from 56 balls for the third wicket. Further down the order, Ravindra Jadeja (22 of 12) and Shivam Dube (19 of 17) also made valuable contributions with the bat for CSK.
Chasing an all-out par, Gujarat got off to a terrible start as they lost wickets to Shubman Gill (0), Vijay Shankar (0) and Abhinav Manohar (12) inside the power play. While pacemaker Mukesh Choudhary fired Gill in the first over, Sri Lankan spinner Maheesh Theekshana dispatched Vijay Shankar (0) and Abhinav Manohar (12) in their consecutive overs, leaving Gujarat struggling at 16-3.
With successive tight overs the required rate went up and Wriddhiman Saha (11) tried to press the gas pedal but could only push him into the fielder on the deep square leg in the Jadeja over.
David Miller was in a good touch and gave Gujarat hope by hitting Jadeja for two sixes and a limit, but DJ Bravo gave nothing in Tewatia’s zone for him to hit and the batsman eventually caught a spoon in the means, medium.
At 87/5 at 13, Gujarat was reeling, but Miller and backup skipper Rashid Khan had other plans. Even after Tewatia’s departure, Miller didn’t let the run rate drop as he drew two fours off Chris Jordan in the 14th. The Proteas batsman also charged a big Bravo yorker for a big six to head into strategic timeout. with Gujarat at 108 for 5 in 15 overs, still needing 62 to win.
For CSK, the game was there to turn their way with a wicket, but that just didn’t happen. Even the mysterious pitcher Theekshana offered Miller a loose delivery that landed on the square leg back in a 10-run run. The veteran Bravo then pitched an exceptional over in the death under all the pressure as Rashid and Miller were only able to get out four singles.
With 48 needed from 18 balls, it looked like a bridge too far for Gujarat, but Rashid suddenly took center stage. The Afghan cricketer hit two big sixes to the side of Jordan’s leg, who was adamant in trying to catch the yorker and ended up throwing a full pitch to Rashid, who picked him up to cover a four. Showing the strength of a strong underhand, Rashid selected his third six of 25 runs over deflated CSK.
Bravo, who came to throw the next over, tried to save the game for his side, sacking Rashid and taking out Alzarri Joseph to leave CSK with 13 runs to defend in the final over.
Jordan was no longer having a great day on the ball, but considering his killer credentials, CSK came back to him with high hopes. But those faded on the third ball when Miller threw one for a six.
The Jadeja-led team thought they had their man on the next ball when a wide shot went straight to the third man’s short fielder, but the ball was a waist-high no-ball. Miller then flicked the free throw ball for a four on the leg side and collected the two game-winning runs off the penultimate pitch to carry Gujarat to victory lane.
Dwayne Bravo (3/23) was the most successful bowler for CSK while Maheesh Theekshana (2/24), Mukesh Choudhary (1/18), Ravindra Jadeja (1/25) also chose wickets but ultimately did not it was enough.
Earlier, invited to bat first, CSK did not get off to a great start when Mohammed Shami struck in the third over of the innings to see off Uthappa, who attempted to cross the line but was hit in the rear leg. The field umpire ruled in favor of the batsman, but a successful Gujarat review ended Uthappa’s stay on 3 for 10.
However, Gaikwad targeted the inexperienced Dayal in the fourth over and hit him with a six and a four. But, at the other end, Moeen Ali didn’t seem to be in touch as his wrestling in the crease was finished by Alzarri Joseph.
From there, a well-prepared Gaikwad and new batsman Rayudu kept the scoreboard going with a steady rotation of well-timed strikes and bounds to take CSK to 66/2 after 10 overs.
After spending enough time on the pitch, both Gaikwad and Rayudu decided to free their arms and led the Gujarat bowlers to clean breaking bounds and sixes all the way down the pitch, taking the score to 124 after 14 overs. During the process, Gaikwad also brought out his first half-century of the season in 37 balls.
With both Gaikwad and Rayudu in the crease, CSK were sailing to a grand total. But Joseph came back and ran the wide outside line to see off Rayudu and soon Dayal took the big Gaikwad wicket at 17th as Gujarat advanced.
Joseph and deputy captain Rashid Khan bowled the next few overs and kept things steady as Jadeja and Dube failed to connect the ball well. However, Jadeja hit Ferguson for successive sixes in the fourth and fifth installments to provide a flourish as CSK scored 18 runs in the final to finish 169-5 on the board.
Joseph (2/34) was Gujarat’s most successful bowler while Mohammed Shami (1/20) and Yash Dayal (1/40) each contributed one wicket.
Short scores: Chennai Super Kings 169-5 in 20 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 73, Ambati Rayudu 46; Alzarri Joseph 2/34) lost to Gujarat Titans 170-7 in 19.5 overs (David Miller 94 not out, Rashid Khan 40; Dwayne Bravo 3/23) through three windows