Wriddhiman Saha’s unbeaten 67 and bowlers’ top-class effort powered Gujarat Titans (GT) to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Mumbai on Sunday. With this victory, the Hardik Pandya-led side has secured a top-two finish in the team standings, providing them with two opportunities to reach the IPL 2022 final.
Asked to bowl first, GT seamers and spinners together put up a clinical show to restrict CSK to a below-par total of 133-5 despite a fine half-century from Ruturaj Gaikwad.
In reply, opening batter Saha hit eight fours and a six during his 57-ball knock, anchoring the chase to get Gujarat over the finish line in 19.1 overs.
Brief scores: Chennai Supers Kings 133-5 in 20 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 53; Mohammed Shami 2/19) lost to Gujarat Titans 137-3 in 19.1 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 67 not out) by seven wickets.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 15, 2022
Well done Saha 👏
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 15, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) May 15, 2022
👏🏏 CLASS APART! Wriddhiman Saha brings up his 1️⃣1️⃣th fifty in the IPL with a fine knock. This is his third fifty of the season!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) May 15, 2022
Near-perfect win against mighty CSK 🙌👏
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) May 15, 2022
Matheesha Pathirana gets his maiden IPL wicket in the first ball of his IPL career.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 15, 2022
Matheesha Pathirana might have gone for a few runs after that wicket, but he can take heart from history. Another pace bowler, young and with an unorthodox action, began his IPL career with 1 for 12 in his first over, way back in 2013. His name was Jasprit Bumrah. #CSKvGT
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) May 15, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 15, 2022
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 15, 2022