On Sunday, the defending champions, the Chennai Super Kings, took on the new franchise and table-topper, the Gujarat Titans, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune. For Gujarat, skipper Hardik Pandya didn't play due to an injury, so it was Rashid Khan who took the charge. Rashid won the toss and asked CSK to bat first. Chennai, who had a thumping win in the last match against RCB, didn't have the same start as they would have wanted.
CSK lost their first two batsmen early in the first six overs. The in-form opening batsman, Robin Uthappa, got out cheaply. Uthappa got out to Mohammed Shami after scoring just three runs. All-rounder Moeen Ali soon followed him. He got out to Alzarri Joseph after making just one run. And it looked like CSK was going to fall cheaply. However, at the wicket of Moeen Ali, the cameraman spotted a fan celebrating the wicket. But interestingly, he was wearing the MI jersey, which resembles the old rivalry between the two teams.
CSK and MI are having a horrible season so far. Both teams are sitting at the bottom of the table. And followers of both teams never miss the chance to celebrate the failure of the other team. That's what was seen at the stadium as well. That caught the eyes of many. Indian veteran leg-spinner, Amit Mishra, who is very active on social media and never shys away from trolling anyone, took to Twitter and shared a hilarious post.
In the end, it was a nail-bitter of a finish between the two sides. CSK posted a target of 170 for GT to chase. Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad was the top scorer for Chennai. He scored 73 runs off 48 balls, including five fours and five sixes. Chasing the target, GT's top order fell apart and lost their first four wickets for just 48 runs within eight overs. It looked like CSK would crush them easily, but then came the match-winning knock by David Miller. He, along with skipper Rashid Khan, brought them back into the game. Rashid scored a quick 40 off 21 balls.
GT required 48 runs from the final three overs. Rashid hit Chris Jordan for 25 runs in the 18th over. In the end, Miller took the match and scored the winning run. The left-hander scored an unbeaten 94 runs off 51 balls, including eight fours and six maximums. With the victory, GT has retained first place, while CSK has dropped to bottom second place.