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Chennai Super Kings batters dazzled before the bowlers ran riot to choke Gujarat Titans in a comprehensive 53-run victory in their second IPL match here on Tuesday.

Chennai, Mar 26: Chennai Super Kings batters dazzled before the bowlers ran riot to choke Gujarat Titans in a comprehensive 53-run victory in their second IPL match here on Tuesday.

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s team has covered all its bases and it was evident as Rachin Ravindra prepared a platform with a 20-ball 46-run innings to allow Shivam Dube to unlock his beast mode with a 23-ball 51.

In between, Gaikwad maintained the balance with a 36-ball 46 as Chennai posted a Herculean 206 for 6.

Titans, in reply, could manage only 143 for 8 as Deepak Chahar (2/28 in 4 overs), Mustafizur Rahman (2/30 in 4 overs), Tushar Deshpande (2/21) and Matheesha Pathirana (1/29 in 4 overs) one by one tightened the noose on Titans batting unit.

Skipper Shubman Gill needed to fire but his poor shot selection of a Deepak Chahar delivery, which wasn’t as short as expected for a pull-shot, brought his downfall.

Once Shubman was gone, Gujarat didn’t even have a chance in hell with players like Wriddhiman Saha (21 off 17 balls) and B Sai Sudharsan (37, 31 balls), who on most days play second fiddle to perfection.

Finishers like David Miller (21) and Rahul Tewatia (1) too couldn’t produce enough on the board to go for the improbable chase and the inevitable happened.

Put into bat, Rachin’s slam-bang approach and Dube’s final flourish got CSK past the 200-run mark.

Rachin made full use of Powerplay, racing to 46 off 20 balls while Dube, a nightmare for spinners, then used his long levers to whack 51 in only 23 deliveries to increase the challenge of GT batters by manifold.

Dube’s innings had as many as five sixes.

In between, skipper Gaikwad’s chiselled 46 off 36 balls also was a significant contribution in another impactful batting performance by the team on a hard bouncy track that was on offer.

Not to forget CSK’s Rs 7.60 crore recruit Sameer Rizvi (14 off 6 balls), who pummelled Rashid Khan (2/49 in 4 overs) for two sixes to mark a memorable IPL debut.

Rachin, who has already become a darling of the CSK fans, enthralled all and sundry with his audacious stroke-play. While he missed out again on a half-century but team’s ‘spiritual skipper’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be all smiles knowing that his choice was perfect to the ‘T’.

The three sixes — a flick behind the square and one over long-on off the normally profligate Umesh Yadav and one off Azmatullah Omarzai were hit with so much disdain that it did put Gujarat Titans in a spot.

There were some crunchy cover drives as well as Ravindra let his skipper Gaikwad breathe a little easy at the other end.

Finally, it was GT’s ‘Go-To’ bowler Rashid, who drew the first blood but more because of smart work from Saha, who removed the bails in a flash after the Black Caps opener lost his balance and moved out of his crease trying to whip the delivery.

Saha’s next stumping was way easier as Sai Kishore shortened the length and drew Ajinkya Rahane out of his crease for an indiscreet loft. The ball deviated enough and the keeper completed mere formality.

Gaikwad wasn’t as fluent as Rachin to begin with but in his five boundaries and a six, he oozed class before becoming Saha’s third victim with the gloves. While trying to pull Spencer Johnson, he ended up edging one behind the stumps.

After that it was Dube, who just plonked his front-foot and bludgeoned Sai Kishore for two monstrous sixes and also sent Johnson’s delivery soaring for a maximum.

Dube had the composed Daryl Mitchell for company, who also chipped in with an unbeaten 20-ball-24 in a stand of 57 runs for the fourth wicket in 5.5 overs. PTI AYG KHS KHS ATK ATK


(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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