IPL 2022

Saha Fifty Takes Gujarat Titans To Easy Win vs Hapless Chennai Super Kings

Wriddhiman Saha’s unbeaten 67 not out set up Gujarat Titans’ seven-wicket triumph against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL on Sunday, clinching a top-two finish in the team rankings. Despite Ruturaj Gaikwad’s superb half-century, Gujarat bowlers put up a disciplined performance to limit CSK to a below-par 133/5. Saha’s 57-ball knock included eight boundaries and a six, and he helped Gujarat finish in 19.1 overs. While CSK was already out of the play-off competition, Gujarat’s victory secures them a top-two finish on the points table in their maiden season, giving them two chances to reach the final.

Saha set the tone for the victory by scoring 59 runs in 7.1 overs with Shubman Gill (18; 3×4).

CSK attempted a comeback by taking two fast wickets in the middle overs, but it was too little, too late.

 

In the power-play, Saha, who was dumped by Ruturaj on 21, went hammer and tongs on a listless CSK assault.

 

The wicketkeeper-batter made his intentions obvious by hitting three boundaries off Mukesh Choudhary (0/28) in the first over, and then played strokes at free, including his solitary six in the fifth over.

However, in the eighth over, CSK rookie bowler Matheesha Pathirana (2/24) trapped Gill in front of the wickets. Pathirana’s second victim was Hardik Pandya (7), as Gujarat fell to 100/3.

However, with minimal run-rate pressure, David Miller (15 off 20 balls; 1×4) and Saha finished the chase without incident.

CSK had earlier lost opener Dewon Conway (5) in the third over, as Mohammed Shami (2/19) gave Gujarat the initial breakthrough. After pitching, Shami’s angled delivery from around the wicket drifted away, and Conway nicked it to wicket-keeper Wridhiman Saha.

Gaikwad (53 off 49 balls) first built a 57-run second wicket partnership off 39 balls with Moeen Ali (21 off 17; 2×6) and then added another 48 runs for the third wicket with Narayan Jagadeesan, who also hit an unbeaten 39 off 33 balls.

CSK, on the other hand, experienced a middle-order collapse and could only add 24 runs in the final five overs.

Gaikwad, who struck four boundaries and a six, began cautiously as CSK crept to 15/1 after four overs, but Hardik Pandya (0/8) and Shami did not let them to free their arms.

Gaikwad then increased the stakes in the fifth over, in which Yash Dayal gave away 15 runs. Dayal was hammered for two boundaries by the right-handed batsman.

Moeen slammed two consecutive sixes off leg-spinner Rashid Khan (1/31), followed by a pull and a sweep shot, as CSK scored 17 runs in the sixth over and raced to 47/1 after the power-play. Gaikwad hit the odd shot even as he and Ali completed the 50-run second-wicket partnership in 32 balls.

When it appeared like the duo might score large, it was left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore (1/31), who broke the stand in the ninth over by dismissing Ali, who delivered a sitter to Rashid Khan at deep-midwicket.

Jagadeesan began with a boundary, but the wicket fell, halting the flow of runs.

CSK were 90/2 after 13 overs, poised for a massive score.

In the 15th over, when CSK scored 13 runs, Jagadeesan lunged towards Sai Kishore (1/31), hitting him for a boundary and a maximum.

CSK were reduced to 114/4 when Gujarat removed Gaikwad, who was caught at deep mid-wicket, and Shivam Dube (0) in rapid succession.

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