Xtra Time Web Desk. Chennai Super Kings defeated Gujarat Titans by 15 runs to enter the final of IPL 2023 at the Chepauk Stadium on Tuesday. But the home side’s win was overshadowed by a big row at the end of Gujarat’s innings.
The incident happened in the early 16th over when the umpires had a conversation with MS Dhoni. The CSK skipper seemed to be taking things slow so that his man of the match Mateisha Pathirana could finish it all off. The fast bowler was out for some time and had to play for 4 minutes before he was allowed to bowl.
However, it is not clear whether Dhoni deliberately chatted with his teammates to waste time. Dhoni seemed ready to be fined by the BCCI for the slow-pace offence. The incident sparked controversy as fans claimed it went against the spirit of the game.
As for the match, batting first Chennai Super Kings were 172/7 in 20 overs with Ruturaj Gaikwad’s fantastic 60 off 40 and 40 off 34 from Devon Conway off Ajinkya Rahane (17), Ambati Rayudu (17) : and Ravindra Jadeja (22) produced a superb display to take the four-time IPL winners to a competitive total in Chennai.
Chasing 173, Gujarat Titans lost Wriddiman Saha (12) and Hardik Pandya (8) early in the innings before losing Dasun Shanaka (17) and David Miller (4) to restrict them to 88/4 in 13 overs. Despite Shubman Gill playing a vigilant knock of 38 for 42 runs, the defending champions trailed by 15 runs and will now play Qualifier 2 against the winner of Eliminator 1 (Lucknow Super Giants vs Mumbai Indians) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Friday.