New Delhi: After winning the toss Gujarat Titans’ (GT) skipper Hardik Pandya elected to field first and Mohammed Shami gave the defending champions their first breakthrough of the game as he removed Devon Conway.
Shami dismisses Conway
New Zealand’s opener Conway was looked uncomfortable against the 32-year-old right-arm pacer. Shami came round the wicket, with that famous seam presentation of his, Mohammed Shami angled one in and uprooted Devon Conway’s off and middle stump. What a delivery! First wicket for Gujarat. A brilliant second over from Shami, just the one run came off that over and a wicket.
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Good start from Ruturaj
For CSK Ruturaj Gaikwad stared steady innings and then geared up in the second over against GT’s captain Pandya. Hardik Pandya introduced himself from the other end. And well, that’s not a pleasant welcome from Ruturaj Gaikwad. A back of a length delivery, angled into the middle stump, flicked towards the deep mid wicket for a four. Another similar delivery later in the over, a sensational cover drive for another boundary.
Earlier in the game, Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya won the toss against MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Match of IPL 2023
Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans (GT) will look to continue from where they left in the last edition of the IPL. The positive start will give them confidence as they are now have task to retain the trophy.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni’s CSK will be aiming toward a fresh start after a forgettable previous season where they finished ninth with only 8 points to their name. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will continue to lead the side amid rumour that the 2023 edition could be his last in the league, all eyes will also be on Ben Stokes, the England southpaw who is set to make his debut for the men in yellow.
GT XI: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya(c), Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Joshua Little, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph.
CSK XI: Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ben Stokes, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Rajvardhan Hangargekar.