David Miller classic brings the house down on Chennai Super Kings

Gujarat Titans 170 for 7 (Miller 94*, Rashid 40, Bravo 3-23) beat Chennai Tremendous Kings 169 for five (Gaikwad 73, Joseph 2-34) by three wickets

David Miller performed probably his greatest IPL innings, 94 off 51, to assist Gujarat Titans chase down Chennai Tremendous Kings’ 170 from 16 for 3 and 87 for five. For the primary 17 overs, it was Miller or bust with simply 43 non-Miller runs in 59 authorized deliveries. They wanted 48 now, and had been 4.2% favourites to win. That is when Rashid Khan, captaining within the absence of Hardik Pandya, lent Miller a hand in sensational style, hitting Chris Jordan for six, 6, 4 and 6 to show it right into a routine affair for Titans.

Dwayne Bravo, although, was to CSK’s second half what Miller was to Titans’ first half: he bowled 4 overs on the trot beginning with the thirteenth for 23 runs and three wickets, however the different finish leaked 60 off 23 balls with out taking a single wicket. Bravo completed his spell with two strikes in two balls. Certainly one of them was Rashid, which left Titans needing 13 off the final over. Miller solely had the bowlers for firm now but it surely did not matter as a result of Jordan stored lacking his yorker, and even bowled a excessive full toss to let Titans get house with one ball to spare.

CSK will likely be gutted that they slipped up within the last overs of each innings. After Ruturaj Gaikwad returned to kind with a fifty and Ambati Rayudu‘s intent promised one other huge ending kick, their final six overs produced simply 45, the third-lowest for a facet batting first this season. That after the previous 4 had gone for 58. It was Alzarri Joseph, who dragged CSK again with the wicket of Rayudu after which their deep assault turned the screws.

Gaikwad and Rayudu arrange for a giant end

Titans managed to get probably the most explosive powerplay batter of this season, Robin Uthappa, early within the innings after his highest IPL rating, and Moeen Ali’s middling IPL continued to go away the rating at 32 for two within the sixth over. Nevertheless, Gaikwad, simply 35 in 5 matches earlier than this, and Rayudu rebuilt the innings in search of a basic CSK acceleration within the again 10.

Gaikwad and Rayudu take down the perfect of them

Conscious of the CSK risk within the final 10 overs, Titans introduced again the perfect of their bowlers instantly to attempt to take a wicket. An all-out assault awaited them. Gaikwad welcomed Joseph again with a pulled six earlier than Rayudu charged down at him and lofted him over long-off. Lockie Ferguson went for a six and a 4. Rayudu hit Rashid himself for a six. At 124 for two in 14, CSK seemed primed.

Joseph begins comeback, others comply with

Enjoying his first match this IPL, Joseph made an excellent comeback within the fifteenth over. He stored bowling large exterior off to make Rayudu hit to the larger boundary. Two performs and misses later, Rayudu in some way caught up with the third, however went solely so far as deep level. Mohammed Shami got here again with solely 4 off the sixteenth, ending with figures of 4-0-20-1. Yash Dayal took Gaikwad out with a low full toss for 73 off 48. Twenty-five balls went with no boundary as Shivam Dube struggled with the slowness of the pitch.

Rashid, who had maybe stored himself again for MS Dhoni, conceded no boundary within the nineteenth. It was solely Ravindra Jadeja utilizing the quick leg facet boundary towards Ferguson within the final over, taking 18 off it, that gave CSK a aggressive complete.

Theekshana strikes early

With Pandya, their greatest batter to this point, not enjoying Titans will need to have seemed to Shubman Gill for a serious contribution, however he sadly minimize the primary ball he confronted – quick, large, asking to be hit – straight to cover-point. Maheesh Theekshana, recent off a four-four within the final match, turned the screw with the wickets of Vijay Shankar and Abhinav Manohar within the powerplay. Wriddhiman Saha scored a forgettable 11 off 18 to make it 48 for 4 after eight overs.

Miller time

Miller, although, seemed like he was enjoying on a distinct pitch to the one the place virtually everybody had struggled for timing within the final 12 overs. With Moeen Ali getting grip and switch away from the bat, Miller nonetheless managed to hit a straight 4 and a six within the ninth and eleventh overs. Within the twelfth he opened up correctly, taking down Jadeja, who turned the ball into him, hitting him for 2 sixes and a 4. Out of 87 for 4 in 12 overs, Miller had scored 52 off simply 29 balls.

Bravo intervenes

At a time when Miller might need seemed for some help from the opposite finish, Bravo began his night with a wicket-maiden. The slower ball dipped and gripped for him, and accounted for Rahul Tewatia.

Miller, although, stored going to make up for a gradual begin from Rashid. These subsequent three overs had been essential as runs may have come solely from Miller’s finish as a result of Rashid knew there wasn’t a lot batting behind him. Runs did come, and in fashion. Even Bravo and Theekshana went for sixes, making it 52 off the final 4 overs. Nevertheless, Bravo once more struck again with a boundary-less seventeenth to go away Titans a one-in-25 probability of profitable.

Rashid’s whippage

With a brief leg-side boundary in play, Rashid unfurled these wrists towards Jordan, probably the most profligate death-overs bowler in IPL chases, within the 18th over. The helicopter despatched the primary half-volley flying over midwicket. Jordan went large second ball, however Rashid performed a sensational slice over level for a six over the longer boundary. Jordan missed the yorker twice once more and went for 4 and 6. By the top of the over, Titans had been 56% favourites to win.

Bravo introduced CSK again with one other slower one to do away with Rashid. At 13 off seven, Joseph had a free hit to attempt to get a boundary however he discovered long-off. He nonetheless left Miller on strike for the beginning of the final over.

Jordan once more stored lacking his yorker, and when he bowled the excessive full toss with seven required off three, it was virtually sport over. The 38 he conceded off 11 authorized balls was solely behind Thisara Perera’s 41 in 9 balls for runs conceded on the loss of life in an IPL chase.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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