Chennai Super Kings' Devon Conway (L) with teammate Ruturaj Gaikwad run between the wickets as Gujarat Titans' Hardik Pandya (C) watches during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings | Photo: AFP
Ahmedabad: Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad cracked a blistering 92 to power Chennai Super Kings to 178/7 against defending champions Gujarat Titans in the IPL opener here on Friday.
Sent to bat, opener Gaikwad smashed 92 off 50 balls even though wickets fell at regular interval at the other end.
CSK looked on course for a 180 plus total but the GT bowlers bowled well to stem the momentum.
For the Titans, spinner Rashid Khan (2/26) and pacers Mohammed Shami (2/29) and Alzarri Joseph (2/33) picked two wickets each.
Brief Scores: 178 for 7 in 20 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 92; Moeen Ali 23; Rashid Khan 2/26, Mohammed Shami 2/29, Alzarri Joseph 2/33)
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami bagged his 100th IPL wicket during the match.
He achieved the feat in the match against Chennai Super Kings and Devon Conway became his 100th wicket in IPL. Conway failed to read Shami's delivery and ended up missing the ball completely and the stumps went flying into the air.
Shami has played 94 IPL matches and his best figures are 3/15. With an economy of 8.48, Shami has managed to maintain his economy quite well as a pace bowler.
Shami's 100th wicket also became the first wicket of IPL 2023. Ruturaj Gaikwad struck the first four and six of the 16th edition of IPL. The match is being played at the Narendra Modi stadium. The 32-year-old pace bowler's experience has always come in handy for GT as also the Indian team. Shami is the 19th player to achieve 100-wicket milestone in the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings Dwayne Bravo is the leading wicket-taker in IPL with 183 wickets in 161 matches and an economy of 8.38.
Mumbai Indians legend Lasith Malinga holds the second position with 170 wickets in 122 matches with an economy of 7.14. Malinga spent over a decade with MI.
The 32-year-old Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has 166 wickets in 131 matches with an economy of 7.61.
With PTI, ANI inputs