IPL 2023: CSK clinch record-equalling fifth title off last ball

Ravinda Jadeja
Ravinda Jadeja is ecstatic after hitting the winning boundary. Photo: Twitter@IPL

Ahmedabad: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Gujarat Titans (GT) by five wickets off the last ball via Duckworth-Lewis method in a pulsating final to win the IPL for a record-equalling fifth time here on Tuesday morning.

Chasing a revised target of 171 in 15 overs after a rain delay, CSK were home and dry off the last ball with Ravindra Jadeja hitting a four off Mohit Sharma after having smashed a six off the previous ball to bring down the equation.

Devon Conway
Devon Conway gave CSK a blazing start. Photo: PTI/Kunal Patil

Openers Devon Conway (47) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (26) added 74 in 6.3 overs to give CSK a blazing start. Afghan spinner Noor Ahmed (2/17) accounted for the openers.

Shivam Dubey (32 not out), Ajinkya Rahane (27) and Ambati Rayudu (19) played vital cameos for CSK.

Mohit (3/36) sent back CSK captain M S Dhoni for a first-ball duck in what could well be his final game. But Jadeja made sure Dhoni and CSK had the last laugh.

The victory helped CSK draw level with Mumbai Indians' five triumphs.

Rookie B Sai Sudharsan's 47-ball 96 had powered GT to an imposing 214/4, the highest in an IPL final.

B  Sai Sudharsan
B Sai Sudharsan in action in the final. Photo: Twitter@IPL

The Tamil Nadu left-hander hit eight fours and six sixes in his blazing knock.

GT openers Shubman Gill (39) and Wriddhiman Saha (54) rode their luck to lay a solid base.

Gill was on two when he was dropped by Deepak Chahar off Tushar Deshpande's bowling. 

Chahar then failed to hold on to a tough chance off his own bowling with Saha on 21.

The two added 62 in the Powerplay.

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha made 54. Photo: Twitter@IPL

Gill (39) was stumped by Dhoni off Jadeja's bowling with the total on 67. Gill hit seven fours in his 20-ball knock.

Earlier, Dhoni won the toss and put GT in to bat.

The final was pushed to the reserve day after rain played spoilsport on Sunday.

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