In the high-stakes IPL final clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT), GT set a challenging target of 214 runs, placing MS Dhoni and his team in a daunting position. GT’s impressive batting performance and the momentum they built throughout the innings have given them the advantage at the halfway mark, intensifying the anticipation for an exhilarating run chase.
GT displayed their delight as they reached a commanding total of 214 runs in the grand finale. The significance of posting such a massive score in a high-pressure game cannot be overstated, and GT seized the opportunity with enthusiasm. On the other hand, CSK’s uncharacteristic fielding errors, including missed catches and run-out chances, may prove costly in the final outcome.
GT gained momentum early on when Chahar dropped an easy catch, allowing Shubman Gill a lifeline on just 2 runs. This dropped catch turned out to be significant as GT capitalized on the opportunity, scoring 30 runs in the next two overs, thereby establishing the desired momentum. Although Jadeja missed a simple run-out chance, he redeemed himself by dismissing Gill with a brilliant delivery in the same over.
While Wriddhiman Saha’s half-century provided stability, it was Sai Sudharsan who emerged as the game-changer for GT. Sudharsan played an extraordinary innings, showcasing exceptional batting skills and consistently finding the boundaries with ease. Although he narrowly missed a century, his contribution was exceptional and significantly impacted GT’s total score. Pathirana’s late assault further added to the already imposing total, leaving CSK with a monumental task ahead.
Chasing a target of over 200 runs in an IPL final is no small feat. The highest successful run chase in an IPL final stands at 200, achieved by Kolkata Knight Riders against Punjab. CSK, known for their ability to chase down big totals, will need to bring their best performance to surpass GT’s imposing total and emerge victorious.
In the IPL 2023 Finals, Sai Sudharsan’s phenomenal knock of 96 runs for Gujarat Titans against Chennai Super Kings in Ahmedabad has earned him the distinction of being the third-highest scorer in an IPL final. The highest individual scores in IPL finals include Shane Watson (117*), Wriddhiman Saha (115*), and Sai Sudharsan’s impressive 96. Murali Vijay and Manish Pandey also feature in the list with scores of 95 and 94, respectively.