Saha starts the chase with a four, ends it with another! Length ball well outside off, guides it past short third man to move to 67 not out and seal the seven-wicket win.
7:30pm End of the first match of the day but don't go anywhere but here to follow what Jos Buttler and co do with the bat at the Braborne Stadium. On behalf of Sidharth and the scorers, I, Sudarshanan, sign off. Take care, aficionados!
Player of the match, Wriddhiman Saha: I have been playing for so long. But this setup takes care of the group. I didn't play the initial games but executed my plans when I got a chance. We were not chasing a big target. So I took my chances in the powerplay and then there was no need to take chances as the required rate was under six. We saw when we were bowling that the odd ball stopped. So I thought of taking my chances initally before taking it easy. My role in the team is to play my natural game in the first six overs. After that, my strengths are to be backed, be it playing the sweep or charging down.
Hardik Pandya, Titans captain: You don't get extra points for finishing early, so it is important to win. (On his captaincy) I did alright because having played in the previous franchise where a lot of responsibility was given to the players. I have enjoyed responsibility and it has helped me. Doing what have done in the past has helped. Ashu pa(Ashish Nehra) and me are very similar in mindsets. We connect without saying much. We'll see if any player requires rest otherwise we need to keep the momentum. The core group needs to be intact. If fast bowlers need rest, we'll rotate otherwise it'll stay the same.
7:15pm As Dhoni said, it was a tad tough to get the fast bowlers away, especially after the ball gets a bit older. CSK never got enough runs on the board and that showed in the ease with which Titans got home. However, the way the bowlers kept Titans in check would have pleased Dhoni and CSK, given they are looking forward to 2023 already.
Titans have to give it to Saha for the chase. Had fortune early on when Gaikwad shelled him. But it was a chanceless knock thereon. Gill hit a few strokes too before being trapped by Pathirana, who looked quite impressive on debut. Saha hit a classy fifty, unbeaten one that, Shami picked up a couple of wickets in the first innings. Who will be the player of the match? Stick by to find out.
Mohammed Shami, Titans bowler: In the afternoon games, it is important to maintain the right lengths. The length balls aren't easy to hit and it is important to maintain that and keep it simple. We have our plans and touchwood it keeps continuing. It is not easy to maintain the bond in a new franchise. But we are enjoying and crossing the line. Thanks to the support staff for making it all easy. When you lose, you do get hurt but you should look to better your form.
MS Dhoni, CSK captain: Batting first wasn't a very good idea. It was tough to hit the faster bowlers in the first half, spinners-wise it was similar. Sai bowled well. We could have pushed Shivam up but would have beaten the purpose of having Jaggi in the side. Had it been earlier in the tournament, it would have been a tactical move to have Shivam in. With Pathirana, the margin of error is slim. He's got a good slower one and it will be tough to hit him if he bowls consistent pace. We will look to give people chances. We are trying to feature a good XI and will look to do that in the coming games also.
7:06pm Smiles in the Titans dugout after yet another convincing win. Handshakes all around. They will be the happy camp and why not. Such a strong performance with the ball to follow it off with a clinical chase. Titans have now confirmed their spot in the top two. If Lucknow Super Giants win their clash against Rajasthan Royals, they will set up the Qualifier 1 against the Titans.
Just one run to win. Pathirana it will be to bowl the last over, Everybody in the Titans dugout is near the rope.
Back of a length ball, hurried Saha, who goes for the pull. Gets a top edge that lands in no man's land around where backward point would have been.
Very full on leg, driven to long-on for one.
Speared full, Saha looks to walk across and scoop it over short fine. Gets the inner edge past the stumps for one.
Bowls it full just outside off, Miller pushes it down to long-off.
Around the stumps now.
Length ball slanting away, Saha glides it to short third for one.
Very full on off, driven down to long-off for one run.
Choudhary for the penultimate. Dhoni has a longish chat.
Ani: "Think csk will rue their last couple of overs. Definitely not the best wicket to bat on but surely 150 was possible?"
A full toss to end the over, put Miller finds deep point for one.
Very full outside off, hit to cover.
Well bowled. Steams in and bowls a fast yorker on middle. Saha digs it out towards midwicket for a single.
Full and outside off, Saha misses the drive.
Very full outside off, pushed in front of point for a quick one.
Short in length, Saha swivels the pull all along the ground to fine leg. Was bowled at 114.4 kph.
Fires it on the pads, Miller misses the flick and gets it off his pads. A leg bye taken even as Pathirana appeals.
Pathirana for his third. Just 13 needed for Titans. Three fielders in the ring on the off side.
Tinura: "Pathirana was mainly used as a death bowler by SL U19 team to maximize his reverse swing. If CSK can grow him in that role, he will be the perfect replacement for Bravo once he retires."
Beauty! Tossed up around off, on a length. Turns well past Saha's defensive blade. Dhoni uproots the stumps but Saha is well in. End of Solanki's impressive debut.
Floated full on middle, hit on the bounce to long-on for one.
A bit short, Saha mistimes the pull through midwicket and gets just one.
Flatter on leg, worked away through square leg for one.
Floated on a length, Miller lets it turn before pushing it to cover.
Full and wide, Saha reaches out and hits it to long-off for one.
Solanki to bowl out.
Afeef: "Parthiv Patel was Malinga's first wicket off just his second ball" Wow, thanks!
Krishna: "Tho solanki hasn't got a wicket, he's been impressive with his flight variations. CSK grooming spinners like mushrooms."
|Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|Toss||Chennai Super Kings, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match days||15 May 2022 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Gujarat Titans 2, Chennai Super Kings 0|