IPL 2023 CSK vs GT 1st Match Highlights: Gujarat Titans beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets in the opening encounter

For the four-time champion Chennai Super Kings, things didn’t get off to a positive start as they lost their opening match in IPL 16 to the reigning champions by 5 wickets with 4 deliveries remaining.

Speaking of the game’s overall tempo, Gujarat Titains chose to bowl first after winning the toss.

Rituraj Gaikwad was in usual flow and showcased his class from the ball one with his finesse shot making ability scored 92 runs from 50 balls and he was complemented brilliantly by Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube with 42 runs combined.

At the end, little knock from Dhoni and Santner helped Super Kings post a massive total of 178 runs at the loss of 7 wickets which itself is a par total.

For the Titians, Rashid Khan was once again outstanding, supported by Joseph and Shami at the other end. The trio took six wickets between them and helped the team limit Kings to less than 180 runs.

Saha and Gill were outstanding at the top when the Titians came out to bat. The latter, who has been in imperious form with the bat, scored 63 runs from 36 balls but lost concentration by playing his fancy shots.

In the end, Titians won the game thanks to efforts from Tewatia  and Vijay Shankar.

Rajvardhan Hangrekar’s bowling effort was noteworthy; he took 3 wickets and conceded 36 runs in his allotted 4 overs.

Tushar Despande, who was brought in to make an impression, continued to be expensive as he gave away 51 runs while taking one wicket.

Jadeja was successful in keeping the middle of the field from leaking runs, but he only claimed one wicket, which also hurt Kings’ chances.

Overall, Kings will be pleased to play this game out to the final ball, but they will need to make a strong comeback because the games in this cash-rich league are played quickly.

IPL 2023 has just started and the contest will get even better as it progresses also it will be interesting to see how will emerge victorious in this marquee event.