IPL 2024: Chennai Super Kings outplay Gujarat Titans

Chennai: A dominant Chennai Super Kings came up with a clinical bowling performance after Shivam Dube hammered a 23-ball 51 while Rachin Ravindra and Ruturaj Gaikwad set a frantic pace with a whirlwind 46 each to lay a solid foundation to help them thoroughly outplay Gujarat Titans by 63 runs in Match 7 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here.

In a replay of the 2023 final that Chennai won to win their fifth IPL title, Dube blazed to his half-century off 22 balls, hammering five sixes and two fours after Ravindra had set the pace with a sensational 20-ball 46 and skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad had contributed a more sedate 46 off 36 balls, hitting five boundaries and one six.

Chennai posted a massive 206/6 off 20 overs and with the scoreboard pressure working for them, they bowled superbly and fielded brilliantly to restrict Gujarat Titans to 143/8 in 20 overs and registered an impressive win, their second of the 2024 edition after they had started with a victory over Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the tournament opener.

Deepak Chahar struck two quick blows including the early wicket of Gujarat Titans’ skipper Shubman Gill as CSK maintained their control of the match and did not allow Gujarat Titans to fight back. Chahar struck the deadly blow in the third over of the innings when he trapped Shubman Gill LBW as the ball pitched on the good length stayed a tad low and hit the Gujarat skipper on the pad. Gill reviews it but could not get it overturned as DRS goes with the umpire’s call.

The 2022 IPL winner lost their first wicket with 28 runs on the board. They failed to wrest back the momentum, losing three wickets for 55 in the eighth over and never recovered. The Chennai pacers claimed six of the eight wickets to fall as they used the conditions well on a pitch that had slightly more grass than usual.

Chahar (2-28 off 4) also got Gujarat’s other opener, Wriddhiman Saha for 21 off 17, forcing him to lob a catch to Tushar Deshpande as Gujarat slumped to 34/2 in the fifth over. Saha had started well, hitting four boundaries but could not score a big one as CSK maintained the same high intensity that they produced while batting.


Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat Mumbai Indians in mammoth match

Hyderabad: Sizzling half-centuries from Heinrich Klassen, Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head helped Sunrisers Hyderabad amass an astonishing 277/3 against Mumbai Indians in match eight of IPL 2024 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

In return, Mumbai Indians were bowled out for 246 for 5, and lost the match by 31 runs.

The SRH batters unleashing an absolute batting massacre on MI’s bowlers meant they set a new record for the highest-ever total in the IPL and broke the record of Royal Challengers Bengaluru who made 263/5 against Pune Warriors India in 2013.

Their 277/3 is also the third-highest total in all men’s T20 games. Head began the blitzkrieg by reaching his fifty in 18 balls to eventually make 62, before Abhishek brought out his onslaught to get the fastest half-century of the ongoing competition in 16 deliveries.

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