IPL 2023 Qualifier 1 CSK has reached the final after defeating GT by 15 runs. The match took place on Tuesday, 23 May at the home ground in Chennai.
IPL 2023 Qualifier Gaikwad and Conway Show
Batting first, CSK posted a competitive score of 172 for 7 in 20 overs. Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (60) and Devon Conway (40) shared an 87-run partnership for the first wicket. Ruturaj got a lifeline in the second over when he was caught in the mid-wicket area as the ball was adjudged a no-ball. He took advantage of this and scored a half-century, his fourth in this season.
IPL 2023 Qualifier GT’s Solid Come Back
GT did come back in the 11th over when Mohit Sharma sent Gaikwad to the pavilion. Soon after Noor Ahmed bowled Shivam Dube and CSK lost 2 wickets adding just 3 runs to the scorecard. Ajinkya Rahane (17) and Conway tried to accelerate the run rate, but Shami and Nalkande sent them to the pavilion one after the other. Jadeja (22) fought back till the end as it was his last wicket to fall for CSK. Rayudu (17) and Dhoni (1) tried but could not stand GT’s bowling attack. CSK reached 172 runs with the help of Moeen Ali’s 9 runs in 4 balls.
IPL 2023 Qualifier Gujarat’s slow start
Gujarat in response started slow and lost its two wickets early in the powerplay. Deepak Chahar picked up the wicket of Wrridhiman Saha (12) and Theekshana sent GT’s captain Hardik Pandya (8) to the pavilion. Shubham Gill (42) fought from one end, but wickets kept falling. Jadeja sent Shanaka (17) and Miller (4) to the pavilion very cheaply. Soon after that Chahar picked up Gill’s wicket and Gujarat’s score was 88 runs on 5 wickets in 13.1 overs.
Rashid and Shankar tried to repair
Rashid Khan (30) along with Vijay Shankar (17) added 38 runs to improve the innings but it was not enough. The Chennai bowlers dominated GT throughout the innings and bundled out GT for 157 runs. Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Tikshana, and Pathirana took 2-2 wickets. Tushar Deshpande took his only wicket of Rashid Khan who was GT’s last hope during the chase.
IPL 2023 Qualifier What Next Now
Chennai has now reached the final of IPL 2023. They have become the first team to qualify for the final of IPL 2023. On the other hand, GT will face the winner of the Eliminator after losing IPL 2023 Qualifier 1 against CSK. The Eliminator is going to be played between LSG and MI and the winner of the match will face Gujarat. To face either of these teams in the final, CSK will have to wait until the other end.
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IPL 2023 Qualifier about to end now as only two matches are left in the season. Here are some stats
- This is the 10th time that Chennai has reached the IPL final.
- Mohammed Shami holds the Purple Cap with 26 wickets and Faf du Plessis has the Orange Cap with 730 runs.
- Shubman Gills is just 8 runs behind to win his maiden orange cap this season.
- CSK beat GT in IPL 2023 Qualifier 1 to become the first team to reach the final of this season.
Gujarat will still hope to make it to the final as they will face the winner of the Eliminator. The Eliminator game will take place on Wednesday, 24 May at MA Chidambaram Stadium. It will take place between Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians.
It will be interesting to see who will reach the final. Fans will be hoping for Mumbai Indians to reach the final to witness the El Classico of cricket. But it won’t be easy for Mumbai as it needs something special. Mumbai lost to LSG once this season which was a thrilling match in which LSG won by just 5 runs. Mumbai will not make such a mistake again as the last match against LSG was in Mumbai’s hands.