Chennai and Gujarat faced each other at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams entered the game with completely different objectives. The Indian T20 League debutants wanted to ensure the top two finish with two more points to their kitty. On the other hand, the defending champions, who have crashed out of the playoff race, wanted to salvage some pride by winning.
The four-time winners elected to bat first considering the afternoon game and possible slowness of the pitch in the second innings. However, they batted poorly and failed to post a par score. Ruturaj Gaikwad (53) struggled to accelerate the innings as he consumed 49 balls for his knock.
Apart from him, Moeen Ali (21) and debuted Narayan Jagadeesan (39*) also struggled as they could hit only three fours and as many sixes combined. Other batters such as Devon Conway, Shivam Dube, skipper MS Dhoni, and Mitchell Santner failed to cross the double-digit mark. For Gujarat, Mohammed Shami took two wickets for 19 runs in four overs. However, the delight for the Indian cricket fans was watching skipper Hardik Pandya bowl.
Pandya bowled two overs, couldn’t pick a wicket but gave away only eight runs. There bowling restricted the Men in Yellow for a paltry total of 133/5. In reply, the Ahmedabad-based team had an objective of finishing the game as quickly as possible. Openers, Shubhman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha stitched a partnership of 56 runs in just seven overs.
Matheesha Pathirana, who also made his debut for the team, took wickets and tried to delay the inevitable. He took the wickets of Gill and Pandya while Ali took the wicket of Matthew Wade. Saha’s unbeaten 67 and David Miller’s unbeaten 15 ensured that the team cross the line without losing anymore wickets. They won the game by seven wickets and five balls to spare.
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