In the tough chase of 179, Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan held their nerves in direction of the tip to take their facet residence with 4 balls to spare.
Gaikwad was all class in his sensational batting effort earlier than Titans pulled issues again within the center overs to restrict Chennai to 178 for seven after opting to bowl first in entrance of a close to capability crowd on the world’s largest cricket stadium.
As It Happened
In the type of his life over the previous three months, Gill performed some jaw-dropping strokes in his dazzling knock to arrange a advantageous win for the house group. Titans obtained residence in 19.2 overs.
Gill’s opening accomplice Wriddhiman Saha confirmed he has nonetheless obtained it as he smashed a few sixes and as many fours in his 16-ball 25 that obtained the Titans going within the run chase.
Gill’s greatest shot of the innings was the again foot punch off CSK’s affect participant Tushar Deshpande and he adopted with a choose up shot over midwicket.
Titans’ affect participant Sai Sudharsan, who was used rather than an injured Kane Williamson, contributed with 22 off 17 balls.
When Gill departed, Titans wanted 41 off the final 5 overs however CSK managed to take the sport all the way down to the wire.
It wanted a cameo from Rashid Khan (10 not out off 3) to settled the nerves within the Titans dressing room.
Earlier, it was a show of easy hitting from Gaikwad, who relied on his lofted drives over further cowl and crisp pull pictures to gather as many as 9 sixes.
Apart from Gaikwad, the one different batter who put the Titans below strain was Moeen Ali who got here up with a 17-ball 23. Ali’s flat six off Mohammad Shami on a free-hit ball was the spotlight of his cameo.
Gaikwad pulled IPL debutant Joshua Little on his very first ball to set the tone of his innings. That over went for 15 runs and with Shami conceding 17 runs within the following over, CSK obtained the momentum they have been on the lookout for.
Titans’ trump card Rashid Khan was launched within the powerplay and as he typically does, he obtained the wicket that his group was on the lookout for by getting the damaging wanting Ali caught behind.
Rashid’s second over noticed him eliminating England Test captain Ben Stokes, who too was caught by wicketkeeper Saha, leaving CSK at 70 for 3.
However, the autumn of wickets didn’t make Gaikwad change his sport as he stored getting the boundaries. He welcomed Alzarri Joseph into the assault by smashing him for 3 sixes within the eighth over.
Titans did nicely to stem the move of runs within the center overs and obtained the wicket of Ambati Rayudu.
Shivam Dube struggled to seek out the large hits and that put strain on Gaikwad who was caught within the deep within the seventeenth over and missed out on a deserving hundred.
Skipper M S Dhoni got here out to bat at quantity eight however nonetheless managed to make an affect as he pulled Little for a six earlier than flicking him for a 4 within the ultimate over, sending the gang right into a frenzy.
Williamson injured his knee whereas fielding on the boundary and limped off the sector.
The final 5 overs yielded 45 runs for CSK.
(With inputs from PTI)