Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings faced off in a highly anticipated clash at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad for the grand final of the Tata IPL 2023. The match took an unexpected turn when CSK skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, won the toss and elected to field first, inviting the home team to bat while the odds had earlier favored the teams batting first.
GT rock CSK bowlers
The decision initially appeared to backfire as GT’s openers, Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha, started their innings with a bang. They forged a formidable partnership, smashing boundaries and taking the score to 67 runs in just 7 overs. However, the relentless Ravindra Jadeja managed to dismiss Gill, providing a much-needed breakthrough for CSK .
Despite this early setback, GT continued to dominate with Wriddhiman Saha and Sai Sudarshan showcasing their exceptional batting skills. Saha compiled a well-deserved half-century, while Sai Sudarshan accelerated the scoring rate with a blistering 47-ball knock of 96 runs. Their brilliant partnership propelled GT to an imposing total of 214/4 .
Rain disrupts play, proposed revised targets for CSK
In response, CSK’s opening batsmen, Devon Conway, and Ruturaj Gaikwad, walked out to chase the target. However, their innings were cut short by an unfortunate twist of fate as the rain began to pour down after just three deliveries. The weather had been Unpredictable in Ahmedabad over the past couple of days, forcing the final to be rescheduled from Sunday, May 28 to Monday, May 29.
With the rain disrupting play, discussions surrounding Duckworth-Lewis adjusted targets for CSK emerged. The revised totals were calculated based on the number of overs completed before the interruption. If the match couldn’t be completed in full, CSK’s chase target s were determined as follows: 43/0, 49/1, 56/2, and 65/3 after 5 overs; 91/0, 94/1, 98/2, and 102/3 after 10 overs; and 112/0, 114/1 , 117/2, and 120/3 after 12 overs.
This grand final held special significance for the Chennai Super Kings, as there were strong speculations that their revered skipper, MS Dhonimight announce his retirement after the match. With the possibility of bidding farewell to their iconic leader, CSK and their ardent supporters were filled with emotions and determination to secure victory in a befitting manner. The team was motivated to go the extra mile, not only to lift the trophy but also to create lasting memories for their beloved captain, ensuring his farewell would be etched in the annals of cricket history with pride and reverence.