The El Clásico of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 – the clash between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – took place at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. The evening match delivered thrilling entertainment for fans with a high-scoring showdown, where Chennai emerged victorious in a notable win.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube shine with the bat

After being asked to bat first, the Super Kings put up an impressive score of 206/4 in their 20 overs. Captain Ruturaj Gaikwad led the charge with an outstanding half-century, becoming the top scorer for the 5-time champions. Ruturaj amassed 69 runs from 40 balls, featuring 5 fours and 5 sixes. Shivam Dube provided excellent support, hitting an unbeaten 66 from 38 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes.

MS Dhoni lights up Wankhede

In addition to the duo’s performance, former captain MS Dhoni made a notable contribution with a lively unbeaten 20 off 4 balls. The experienced wicketkeeper electrified the Wankhede Stadium by hitting three consecutive sixes in the final over of CSK’s innings, bowled by MI captain Hardik Pandya.

Rohit Sharma hits a spectacular ton

Mumbai faced a daunting chase of 207 but ultimately fell short by 20 runs, ending their innings at 186/6 in 20 overs. The standout performance came from former captain Rohit Sharma, who impressed with his exceptional strokeplay and impeccable timing, delivering an electrifying century. Rohit’s unbeaten 105 off 63 balls, which included 11 fours and 5 sixes, was a valiant effort, but the rest of the batting lineup struggled to form partnerships, leading to the home team’s defeat.

Rohit made history with his remarkable century, becoming one of the oldest players to score a ton in the IPL. The current Indian captain joined an elite group of legendary cricketers who have accomplished a similar milestone in the league’s history.

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Oldest to score a century in the IPL

39 years 184 days – Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist
Adam Gilchrist

In the IPL 2011 season, Adam Gilchrist etched his name in the history books by becoming the oldest cricketer to score a century in the league. Playing for Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) against Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Gilchrist achieved the milestone at the age of 39 years and 184 days. At such an age, his remarkable innings showcased his powerful hitting and precision, a record which is still intact.

38 years 319 days – Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya demonstrated his enduring prowess in IPL 2008 when he scored a century for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings. At the age of 38 years and 319 days, Jayasuriya’s performance highlighted his aggressive batting style and tactical approach. His century was instrumental in securing a win for his team in a memorable match.

38 years 210 days – Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle

In IPL 2018, Chris Gayle continued his impressive run of form by scoring a century for Punjab Kings against Sunrisers Hyderabad. At the age of 38 years and 210 days, Gayle’s explosive batting display left fans in awe as he powered his team to a commanding total. His exceptional innings underscored his status as one of the most dynamic players in the league.

37 years 356 days – Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar’s illustrious career saw another high point in IPL 2011 when he scored a century for Mumbai Indians against Kochi Tuskers Kerala. At the age of 37 years and 356 days, Tendulkar’s steady and elegant batting helped his team achieve a comfortable victory. His performance was a testament to his exceptional skills and consistency in the game.

36 years 350 days – Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

Rohit made history in IPL 2024 by becoming the fifth oldest cricketer to score a century in the league. Playing for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings, Rohit reached the milestone at the age of 36 years and 350 days. His extraordinary innings featured a masterful combination of timing and power, leading his team to an impressive total. Rohit’s achievement cements his legacy as one of the league’s most skilled and experienced players.

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