A fighting unbeaten knock by David Miller (94 off 51) and Rashid Khan’s late blitz powered Gujarat Titans to a memorable three-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in a thrilling IPL 2022 match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium, here on Sunday.
With this win, Gujarat climbed to the top of the table with 10 points in six matches while CSK slumped to their fifth loss in six outings.
Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad returned to run-scoring with an excellent half-century (73 off 48) and helped Chennai Super Kings post 169-5 in 20 overs. Apart from Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu (46 off 31) played a solid knock and both batters stitched a crucial partnership of 92 runs off 56 balls for the third wicket. Lower down the order, Ravindra Jadeja (22 off 12) and Shivam Dube (19 off 17) also made valuable contributions with the bat for CSK.
Chasing a par total, Gujarat were off to a terrible start as they lost the wickets of Shubman Gill (0), Vijay Shankar (0) and Abhinav Manohar (12) inside the powerplay. While pacer Mukesh Choudhary dismissed Gill in the very first over, the Sri Lankan spinner Maheesh Theekshana got rid of Vijay Shankar (0) and Abhinav Manohar (12) in his back-to-back overs, leaving Gujarat to struggle at 16-3.
With successive tight overs, the required rate was going up and Wriddhiman Saha (11) tried to press the accelerator pedal but he could only pull it to the fielder at deep square leg in Jadeja’s over.
David Miller was in fine touch and gave Gujarat hope by tonking Jadeja for two sixes and a boundary but DJ Bravo gave nothing in Tewatia’s zone for him to hit and the batter, eventually, spooned a catch to mid-off.
At 87/5 in the 13th over, Gujarat were tottering but Miller and stand-in skipper Rashid Khan had other plans. Even after Tewatia’s exit, Miller didn’t let the run-rate drop as he picked two fours off Chris Jordan in the 14th over. The Proteas batter also carted a wide yorker from Bravo for a big six to head into the strategic timeout with Gujarat on 108 for 5 in 15 overs, still needing 62 to win.
For CSK, the game was there to steer back in their direction with a wicket but that just didn’t happen. Even the mystery spinner Theekshana offered Miller a loose delivery which was deposited over deep backward square-leg in a 10-run over. The veteran Bravo then bowled an exceptional over in the death under all the pressure as Rashid and Miller could only pick four singles off it.
With 48 needed off 18 balls, it seemed a bridge too far for Gujarat but Rashid suddenly took centrestage. The Afghan cricketer struck two big sixes on the leg-side off Jordan, who was adamant about trying to nail the yorker and ended up bowling a full toss to Rashid, who lifted it over cover for a four. Showing the strength of a strong bottom hand, Rashid picked his third six of the 25-run over that deflated CSK.
Bravo, who came to bowl the next over, tried to salvage the game for his side, dismissing Rashid as well as taking out Alzarri Joseph to leave CSK with 13 runs to defend in the final over.
Jordan was already not having a great day with the ball but considering his death-overs credentials, CSK went back to him with a lot of hope. But those were dashed on the third ball when Miller flicked one for a six.
The Jadeja-led side thought they had their man on the next ball when a wide swipe went straight to the short third man fielder, but the ball was a waist-high no-ball. Miller then flicked the free-hit ball for a four on the leg-side and collected the two winning runs off the penultimate delivery to take Gujarat over the victory line.
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 picked wickets but it was not enough in the end.
Earlier, invited to bat first, CSK didn’t have a great start as Mohammed Shami struck in the third over of the innings to dismiss Uthappa, who tried to play across the line but was hit on the back leg. The onfield umpire ruled in favour of the batter but a successful review from Gujarat ended Uthappa’s stay for 3 off 10.
However, Gaikwad targeted the inexperienced Dayal in the fourth over and hit him for a six and a four. But, on the other end, Moeen Ali didn’t seem in touch as his struggle at the crease was ended by Alzarri Joseph.
From there on, a well-set Gaikwad and new batter Rayudu kept the scoreboard ticking with constant strike rotation and timely boundaries 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 took the Gujarat bowlers to the cleaners by smashing boundaries and sixes all over the ground, taking the score to 124 after 14 overs. During the process, Gaikwad also brought up his first half-century of the season in 37 balls.
With both Gaikwad and Rayudu set at the crease, CSK was cruising toward a big total. But Joseph came back and executed the wide-outside-off line to dismiss Rayudu and soon Dayal took the big wicket of Gaikwad in the 17th over as Gujarat made inroads.
Joseph and stand-in skipper Rashid Khan bowled the next overs and kept things tight as Jadeja and Dube were failing to connect the ball well. However, Jadeja hit Ferguson for successive sixes off the fourth and the fifth deliveries to provide a flourish as CSK scored 18 runs off the final over to finish with 169-5 on the board.
Joseph (2/34) was the most successful bowler for Gujarat while Mohammed Shami (1/20), and Yash Dayal (1/40) chipped in with one wicket each.
Brief 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) by three wickets
Violent Clash Erupts Between Rival Supporters During Argentina vs Brazil 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
The 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers has been marred in controversy as the match between Brazil and Argentina saw violent clashes between rival supporters before the start of it. The high-profile fixture had to be delayed by 30 minutes as the Marcana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro witnessed ugly scenes, with disturbing visuals emerging on social media.
With the Brazilian and Argentinian players lining up for national anthems, the camera turned towards the stands as a section of rival fans exchanged blows. The local police officials could be seen beating up a section of Argentinian fans with batons and it did not go well with the tourists. By pointing at the violent scenes, Messi and co. decided to walk off the pitch.
PAK vs ENG, CWC 2023: ‘Broke 25 Crore People’s Hopes In 5 Seconds’, Netizens Troll Pakistan As England Almost Kill The Game At Toss
Pakistan cricket fans were left ruing their luck at the toss as it fell in England’s favour at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. With Jos Buttler winning the toss marking the end of Pakistan’s campaign at the showpiece event, netizens have relentlessly trolled Babar Azam and his men for losing the contest at the toss.
Coming into the game, Pakistan were facing a near impossible equation as winning the toss was the first priority. After winning the toss, Pakistan had to beat them by a massive 287-run margin. As things stand currently, Babar Azam and co. must do the unthinkable, bowling out for a mere 20 runs and getting those in only 1.3 overs, which would be their best-case scenario.
As things stand, the target for Pakistan will get bigger and the overs will keep diminishing. Pakistan fans were already irked as Babar was excluded among the list of captains during the light show at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday. It’s worth noting that Pakistan haven’t qualified for the 50-over World Cup semi-finals since the 2011 edition.
Pakistan have also made one change from their last match, benching Hassan Ali for an extra spinner in Shadab Khan. England have gone ahead with an unchanged line-up.
CWC 2023: South Africa vs Australia Semi-Final To Be Shifted To Mumbai If Pakistan Reach Knockouts, Confirm ICC Sources
The ODI World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia will be shifted to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if Pakistan qualify for the knockouts, sources in the International Cricket Council confirmed to the Free Press Journal on Thursday.
If Pakistan manage to reach the semis then they will face arch-rivals India once again in this tournament. In that case, the semi-final will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 15.
But if Pakistan don’t reach the semis then India will face either New Zealand or Afghanistan in Mumbai and South Africa will take on Australia in Kolkata as per the original schedule.India are scheduled to play their semifinal match in Mumbai only if they don’t face Pakistan. The Men in Green have refused to play in Mumbai due to security reasons.
Pakistan qualification scenario explained
But Pakistan’s qualification depends on the result of the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka which is being played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.
If New Zealand manage to beat Sri Lanka by a comfortable margin then Pakistan’s qualification will take a hit even if they defeat England in their last league game. A loss against the defending champions in Kolkata on November 11 will automatically knockout Pakistan from the race for the semis.
UP Woman Critically Injured After Sub-Inspector Accidentally Shoots Her In Head At Aligarh Police Station
Ajit Pawar Plays Safe On Nawab Malik; Says ‘Will Present My Point After He Makes His Position Official
Indore: 22-Year-Old Delivery Boy Ends Life After Alleged Girlfriend Forces Him To Leave Parents
Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal Enters Rs.500 Crore Club, Devours Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur At The Box Office
Ethics Committee Report On TMC MP Mahua Moitra Tabled In Lok Sabha; House Adjourned Till 2 PM
Delhi Accident: CCTV Footage Reveals Driver Suffered Heart Attack, Lost Control Of DTC Bus & Rammed Into Vehicles In Rohini
Salman Khan’s Tiger 3 Crosses ₹100 Crore Mark At The Box Office Within 2 Days Of Its Release
Salman Khan Requests Fans To Protect Tiger 3 Spoilers: ‘We Are Counting On You’
‘Kya Jodi Hai’: Netizens REACT To Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif’s Diwali Photo Ahead Of Tiger 3 Release
Jammu & Kashmir: 2 Army Personnel Killed In Encounter With Terrorists In Rajouri
Crime1 year ago
Class 10 student jumps to death in Jaipur
Bollywood3 months ago
Jawan Leaked Online! Shah Rukh Khan’s Film Falls Prey To Piracy Within Hours Of Release
Crime2 years ago
‘You must stop this’, SC expresses concern on hate speeches made at Dharam Sansads
Entertainment11 months ago
Rakhi Sawant changes name to Fatima after her wedding with Adil Khan Durrani – Check viral Nikah pics
Bollywood2 years ago
Anushka Sharma starts shooting for her ‘Chakda Xpress’
Maharashtra2 years ago
Corona third wave knocked in Maharashtra!
Maharashtra7 months ago
Maharashtra: Political heavyweight Sharad Pawar steps down as NCP chief
International3 months ago
Asia Cup 2023: Body Blow For Sri Lanka As Lead Spinner Likely To Miss Final Against India