The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League, 2023 (IPL 2023) commenced in Ahmedabad with first match between four-time winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT).
GT won the toss and opt to bowl. CSK in stipulated 20 overs scored 178 runs for loss of 7 and put a target of 179 runs against GT for victory. GT achieved the target with four bowl remaining at the loss of five wickets. GT registered third win in a row against CSK. Rashid Khan, who took 2 wickets of CSK, was declared Player of the Match.
GT won the match with the help of startling half century of opener Shubhaman Gill who scored 63 runs with 6 boundaries and 3 sixers. Vijay Shankar scored 27, Widdhiman Saha 25 and Sai Sudarsan 22 runs. Rahul Tewatia (15) and Rashid Khan (10) were unbeaten.
Earlier Rituraj Gaikwad made the match interesting by scoring 92 run, highest from CSK with 4 boundaries and 9 sixers. Moeen contributed 23 and Shivam Dube 19 runs from CSK.
The pitch of Narendra Modi Stadium has been very friendly for the team chasing the target. Keeping this factor in mind Hardik decided to bowl on winning the toss. After losing the game CSK Captain MS Dhoni looked frustrated and said he knew that there will be dew on the ground. There was scope for us to perform well in batting.