CSK Post 172-7 In Qualifier 1 as GT Bowlers Stage A Comeback After Gaikwad-Conway Stand
Gaikwad & Conway shared 87 runs for opening stand (AP Photo)
After the start Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway gave, it seemed that Chennai Super Kings would post a handsome total of something around 180-190 runs, but then the Chepauk conditions started to slow down, resulting in CSK ending with 172-7 against Gujarat Titans in Qualifier on Tuesday.
The play begin with Mohammed Shami and Darshan Nalkande bowling at tight lines and lengths, the latter even got the wicket of Gaikwad for a brief moment but the replays showed that the bowler overstepped, giving the CSK opener another chance and he converted it into a match-making fifty.
But as the conditions started to slow down, GT skipper Hardik Pandya brought his tweakers into the attack to turn the tempo of the game. Both Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed bowled in tandem, and even CSK's spin-blasting Shivam Dube failed against the spin trap.
After that, Conway and Ajinkya Rahane tried scripting a comeback with the bat, trying to pierce gaps and bank runs in the middle. The plan worked for some time for the four-time champions, but they had to pay the price of playing loose shots against GT's pace battery.
However, when it seemed GT would make a sensational comeback in the playoff clash, Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja started to cut loose against the faster bowlers in the death overs. And as a result of their lusty blows, CSK ended with 172 runs, which would be a winning total with dew doesn't play a part in the chase.