The four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are just 1 step far to get their hands on the title for the 5th time as they have successfully qualified for the Indian Premier League 2023 playoffs after beating the defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) in the first qualifier by 15 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday, May 23.
Meanwhile, a controversial incident took place during the match in which the former legendary Indian cricketer and CSK skipper MS Dhoni was involved. The incident took place during the 15th over of the 2nd innings where Dhoni was engaged in a discussion with the on-field umpires. CSK star speedster Matheesha Pathirana was getting ready to bowl the over but was stopped by the umpires.
The reason behind this was that he hadn’t been on the field for the same amount of time. Then the umpires and Dhoni chatted till the time elapsed and Pathirana was good to bowl. Many fans and experts think that it was a deliberate time-wasting strategy by the CSK captain to make full use of Pathirana as he bowled only 1 over before that.
However, former legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, who was doing commentary at that time, didn’t like this move from Dhoni and said, “You accept the umpire’s decision. Even if the umpire gets it wrong sometimes in high-pressure situations.”
A brilliant all-round performance by CSK
Talking about the match, Gt skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and opted to bowl first. The opening duo of CSK Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway helped the team to achieve a fighting total of 172 runs as both stitched a 87-run stand for the first wicket. Gaikwad was the highest run-scorer for CSK as he scored 60 runs off just 44 balls.
After asking GT to chase down 173 on a tricky surface to bat on, the four-time champions restricted GT to 157 in 20 overs. GT’s star allrounder Rashid Khan played a cameo to keep them alive, but once he got out, CSK sealed the fate of the match without breaking a sweat by 15 runs and advanced to the IPL finals for the 10th time.
Here’s how fans reacted:
He discovered loophole over there 😅😁
— Karan (@KaranChougule01) May 24, 2023
Very chalak mahi Bhai 😂
— Aditya poonia (@AdityaS73317783) May 24, 2023
You mean he cheated?
— shivi (@SalujaShivin) May 24, 2023
Khelo Dimag se
— Ashish Pandey (@iap92) May 24, 2023
Make this man Tamil Nadu CM
— Ajay AJ (@AjayTweets07) May 24, 2023
He is the real gangster of IPL 👀🔥😅💛
— Rohan Yadav (@rohanydv7) May 24, 2023
aise kaise over badal do … fekega to pathirana hi ✌️🌚
— Aryan (@Aryansh2022) May 24, 2023
Finally someone said it
Agar ye dhoni ke badle koi aur captain karta to?
— Haard shah (@Haardshah10) May 24, 2023
Best tactician 🔥💛
— Pratap Nandi (@PratapNandi10) May 24, 2023
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