In the thrilling TATA IPL 2023 final, CSK clinched their fifth title by defeating GT by five wickets (DLS Method) at Ahmedabad | Sportsmonks

In the thrilling TATA IPL 2023 final, CSK clinched their fifth title by defeating GT by five wickets (DLS Method) at Ahmedabad

the thrilling TATA IPL 2023 final

Ravindra Jadeja’s incredible last-over heroics, including a six and a four, secured the victory with 10 runs needed off 2 balls. Earlier, GT set a huge target of 214/4 in 15 overs, thanks to Sai Sudharsan’s brilliant 96, well supported by Wriddhiman Saha’s 54. In a rain-shortened match, CSK chased down the revised target of 171 in 15 overs with contributions from Conway, Gaikwad, Dube, Rahane, and Rayudu. Mohit Sharma bowled a tense final over, but Jadeja’s heroics sealed the win and sparked wild celebrations.

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In an enthralling encounter at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) emerged victorious against defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) in the TATA IPL 2023 final, securing their fifth IPL title in a nail-biting finish.

The spotlight was on Ravindra Jadeja, who displayed nerves of steel in the last over, needing 10 runs off just two balls. With incredible composure, Jadeja smashed a six and a four, sealing the victory for CSK by five wickets through the DLS Method.

Earlier, GT had set an imposing target of 214/4 in the rain-shortened 15-over final. Sai Sudharsan was the standout performer, putting on a stunning show with a splendid 96 off 47 balls. He received support from Wriddhiman Saha’s 54 and Shubman Gill’s 39 to propel GT to a formidable total.

As the rain interrupted play, CSK was tasked with chasing 171 runs from 15 overs. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway provided a flying start, unleashing an onslaught on the GT bowlers. However, rain intervened again, and after the revised target was set, CSK needed 171 runs to lift the trophy.

With the resumption of play, Gaikwad and Conway continued their attacking display. Gaikwad’s elegant strokes and Conway’s aggressive hitting put CSK on the path to victory. The relentless onslaught during the Powerplay allowed CSK to amass 52 runs without losing a wicket.

GT’s Noor Ahmad broke the opening stand by dismissing Gaikwad with a deceptive delivery. Subsequently, Conway also fell, caught at long-off off Noor’s bowling, adding to CSK’s tension.

Ajinkya Rahane stepped up and injected momentum with two impressive sixes off Josh Little, swinging the game back in CSK’s favor. However, Noor Ahmad’s exceptional spell ensured a balance as he finished with 3-0-17-2.

Mohit Sharma’s timely intervention brought Rahane’s crucial wicket, caught at deep point off a slower ball. GT’s bowlers fought back admirably, and the equation came down to 53 runs needed off 24 balls.

CSK’s Shivam Dube, though, found his rhythm and launched two consecutive sixes, making the last over a thriller with 21 runs required off 12 balls. Mohit Sharma’s excellent execution of yorkers held the game’s fate, giving away only three runs in the penultimate over.

As the final over began, the tension escalated further. Jadeja’s spectacular six off Mohit’s first ball breathed life back into CSK’s chase. With four runs needed from the last ball, Mohit’s low full toss missed the mark, and Jadeja swiped it to fine leg for a four, setting off jubilant celebrations for CSK.

CSK’s captain, MS Dhoni, had won the toss and opted to bowl. They made one change to the lineup, replacing Shivam Dube with Matheesha Pathirana. GT fielded an unchanged eleven from their previous match.

CSK’s disciplined bowling during the Powerplay troubled GT, and they could have secured both openers’ wickets early on. However, Deepak Chahar’s missed catch off Shubman Gill proved costly.

Saha’s aggressive hitting combined with Gill’s fluent strokes boosted GT’s innings, leading them to a strong position. Jadeja’s introduction to the attack provided a breakthrough, dismissing Gill through a smart stumping by Dhoni.

GT’s batsmen continued to pile on runs, but Jadeja’s economical spell brought some relief for CSK. Sudharsan’s sensational knock, along with some late firepower from Pandya, pushed GT to a commanding total of 214/4.

The match witnessed twists and turns, intense cricket, and a thrilling finish, making it a memorable IPL final. Ultimately, CSK’s all-round efforts secured their fifth IPL title, leaving fans and players alike in euphoria and delight.

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