Gujarat Titans (GT), earlier, qualified for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 playoffs after beating the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). On Sunday, Hardik Pandya and Co. also made sure that they cemented their position in the top-two, thereby qualifying as one of the two teams for Qualifier 1 on May 24 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
On May 15, the Titans defeated MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by seven wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. For the Super Kings, it was about salvaging some pride after already being knocked out of the competition. After opting to bat first, the four-time IPL champions failed to gain momentum and scored only 133.
Devon Conway got out early to Mohammed Shami, but Ruturaj Gaikwad restored sanity to proceedings with a 44-ball half-century. Gaikwad went on to play until the 16th over and got out to Rashid Khan after scoring 53 off 49 with four fours and one six.
Moeen Ali promised with a quick-fire 17-ball knock of 21 before left-arm spinner Sai Kishore accounted for his wicket. Narayan Jagadeesan, who replaced Ambati Rayudu in the XI, stayed unbeaten on 39 runs off 33 balls with three fours and a six, guiding CSK to some sort of respectability.
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MS Dhoni toiled hard for his 10-ball 7 before falling prey to Shami. The 31-year-old Shami was also the pick of the bowlers for the Titans with two crucial scalps, of Conway and Dhoni. Rashid, Alzarri Joseph and Sai Kishore picked up one wicket apiece for GT.
TITANS STORM TO VICTORY
The Titans blazed away in their run-chase and didn’t allow the Super Kings bowlers to settle into any sort of rhythm. Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill put on 59 runs for the opening wicket off 43 balls to set the tone for the innings. It was IPL debutant right-arm pacer Matheesha Pathirana, who gave GT their first breakthrough.
Pathirana trapped Gill, who smashed three fours in his 17-ball 18, in front. Matthew Wade scored 20 off 15, but Moeen Ali cut short his stay in the middle. A couple of overs later, skipper Pandya became Pathirana’s second victim.
Even as wickets went down at the non-striker’s end, it didn’t ruffle Saha by any means. The right-hander went on to stay unbeaten on 67 off 57 balls with eight fours and one six. The Titans chased the target down with five balls to spare.
Having already sealed their berth in the top two, the Titans may look to give chances to some of their benched players like Rahmanullah Gurbaz in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on May 19. CSK’s last match is against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on May 20.