By India Today Sports Desk: Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan said he believed that the rain played a big part in tilting the balance in favour of Chennai Super Kings in the IPl 2023 final against Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, May 30. Irfan pointed out how three of Gujarat Titans’ best bowlers were deprived an over each when the game was curtailed to 15 overs.
Gujarat Titans took a big step toward defending their IPL title when they posted 214 for 4, the highest-ever total in an IPL final. After a strong start from Shubman Gill and Wriddiman Saha, 21-year-old Sai Sudharasan emerged as their batting hero as he hit 96 off just 47 balls to put Gujarat Titans in a position of strength.
No team had chased more than 200 in the final of a T20 tournament. KKR’s 200 for 7 against Punjab Kings was the highest score ever chased in a T20 tournament final.
However, the daunting factor of the target was reduced when the target was revised to 171 in 15 overs after nearly a 3-hour rain delay. The wet weather which had forced the final to be pushed into the Reserve Day came back when CSK were 4 for 0 in 0.3 overs.
The new playing conditions allowed only 4 overs of the powerplay and allowed only 3 overs per bowler for the Gujarat Titans.
“In a rain curtailed shortened final Yesterday CSK started batting with Shami. Rasid and Mohit losing one over each from their regular quota of 4 overs. That means league’s top 3 wicket takers were deprived of 18 balls and no wickets. That’s certainly played as an advantage to CSK,” Irfan Pathan said in a tweet.
CSK chased down the target as the IPL 2023 final went down the wire. CSK rode on quick cameos from Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube, Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu while Devon Conway top-scored with 47.
Ravindra Jadeja emerged the hero as he broke Gujarat Titans’ hearts, hitting the last two balls of the final for six and four when CSK needed 10 runs off 2 deliveries.
Notably, MS Dhoni, who won the toss and opted to bowl, had said he kept in mind the chances of rain later in the evening when making the call to chase.
Mohammed Shami took the Purple Cap with 28 wickets while Mohit Sharma and Rashid Khan were tied on 27 wickets each.