The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 started with a blockbuster clash between Gujarat Titans (GT) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), where the Hardik Pandya-led side registered a thrilling victory at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Put in to bat, the Super Kings managed to post 178/7 in their allotted 20 overs. CSK’s batting performance was highlighted by a blistering knock from opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who smashed 92 runs off just 50 balls, including 4 fours and 9 sixes. However, the rest of the team struggled to score freely, and the excellent bowling from Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan kept them in check.

In the chase, the Titans got off to a solid start, with openers Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill putting on a quickfire partnership of 37 runs in just 3.5 overs. Gill was particularly impressive, smashing 63 runs off 36 balls, including 6 fours and 3 sixes. Sai Sudharsan and Vijay Shankar also chipped in with valuable contributions of 22 and 27 as the Titans chased down the target with 4 balls to spare.

“We were slightly short. Another 15-20 runs would have been good. We could have batted properly in the middle overs as opposed to trying to muscle the ball. Rutu is a pleasure to watch. We can’t afford to bowl no-balls. That is something in our control,” said CSK skipper MS Dhoni after the game.

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