MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings had to bow down to defending champions Gujarat Titans. The debut IPL match of this season was between two legendary teams, one is a four-time title winner and the other one is the champion IPL 2022. Both the teams had a heated competition in the first match itself. Gujarat is a team that was introduced into the IPL world only in 2022 and emerged victorious in its first season. GT and CSK have played against GT three times and the result was the same for all three matches.
Gujarat Titans won the toss and decided to bowl first. The pitch is supportive for the bowlers and the choice to bowl first was clearly a good one. Chennai Super Kings batters took quite a plenty of runs. With many young skilled batters, the team was able to achieve above-average runs in total. Rituraj Gaikwad is the batter who scored the most runs in the team, he smashed 9 sixes and 4 boundaries. With only 50 bowls, he was able to score an explosive 92 runs. Other batters in the team could only contribute a few runs to the team. The major setback for CSK was that there was only one player who scored high runs for the team. CSK failed to score many runs in the mid-over, if they have scored 15-20 more runs then the chances for success would have increased. By the end of 20 overs, CSK wrapped up the scores for 178 runs.
Gujarat Titans did a fantabulous job on the crease. They were able to chase down the target in 19.2 overs itself. The Target of 179 runs was not a huge figure for Gujarat Giants. They were able to score them with ease. Shubman Gill scored an explosive 63 runs off 36 balls. He smashed 3 sixes and 6 boundaries. With the finishing touch of Rahul Tewatia and Wriddhiman Saha, the team could easily achieve their target. Unlike CSK, Gujarat Titans had a lot of players contributing to their final score.
Gujarat Titans are again repeating history. We can see the consistency in their performance this season as well. Gujarat Titans will go on to win this IPL season if they maintain this level of competence. Chennai Super Kings will soon hit back with a comeback if they manage to fix their batting lineup. With few more batters in form, the team will definitely rise up in the points table.
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