Last Wicket: MS Dhoni (C) (W) c David Miller b Mohit Sharma 0 (1) - 149/5 in 12.5 Over
Well then, what a crazy, crazy Indian T20 League season we have had! Two teams that faced each other in the very first game of the tournament also went head-to-head in the grand finale as well that too at the same venue. On the opening day, it was Gujarat who cruised to a win but it is Chennai who had the final say with the biggest win of them all. With that, we bid farewell for the time being and hope you've enjoyed our company. There's plenty of more cricketing action around the corner as the World Test Championship Final is only a few days away. Until then, take care and goodbye!
One last thing left to do and MS Dhoni is on stage to collect the coveted trophy but in a heart-warming sight, he calls upon Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu, who is playing his final game to lift the trophy with him. The Chennai players then pose for a team photograph and we can see them all filled with joy and pride.
MS Dhoni, the skipper of Chennai says circumstantially it is great time to announce his retirement but the tough part for him will be to train 9 months and come play one more season. Adds that the way the crowd followed him to different grounds and showed their affection, he feel they deserve for him to come back and play another season. Mentions that the simple fact is that it is the last part of the career and when he walked out, he heard the crowd chanting his name and had tears in his eye. Claims that they want to see him to come back which is what he will do and play however he can. Reckons that the fans love me him who he is and being grounded is what they like in him. Goes on to say that the kind of cricket he plays, anyone can play as there is nothing orthodox which is what they connect to. Informs that he wants to stay true to himself and that is what they love. Tells that every trophy you win whether it is a bilateral series or a tournament, it is a team game and they need to play together. Adds that in crunch situations individuals need to be ready. Admits that there have been lapses and even in this game they did not start the right way as the bowling department didn’t do their job but the batting department took the responsibility for them. He says that he does get frustrated as he is human as well but he tries to step into their shoe as to what happened. He understands that different individuals handle pressure differently and they want to groom them to handle situations. Ends by saying that the special thing about Ambati Rayudu is that when he off the pitch he gives his 100% and when he is on the field they will never win the fairplay award. Adds that they played India A together and he felt he would do something special in this game which he will not forget ever.
Chennai head coach, Stephen Fleming comes on stage to collect the winners' award on behalf of his side. After that, the skipper of Chennai, MS Dhoni comes on stage and picks up the winner's cheque as well.
Hardik Pandya, the captain of Gujarat then comes up and collects the runners-up cheque and shield. Pandya is down for a chat and begins by saying that they tick a lot of boxes and play with a lot of heart and is very proud of the way the boys have played throughout the season. Adds that he is not one of the guys who would make excuses and says that Chennai played better cricket. Says that they scored enough runs and then applauds Sai Sudharsan for the way he played and reckons he will rise up to better heights. Goes on to applaud all the players and takes a few names who put their hands up and also gives credit to the coaching staff. On MS Dhoni, he says that he is very happy for him and destiny was on his side and he doesn't mind losing to him. Ends by saying that MS Dhoni is a nice person and he believes that good things happen to good people.
The match officials for the final now come on stage and collect their mementos. After this, the players and staff members receive their runner-up medals and mementos which are collected by their head coach Ashish Nehra.
Mohammad Shami wins the award for the leading wicket-taker of the season. Shami picked up 28 wickets in 17 innings and at an average of 18.61.
Shubman Gill is adjudged the MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT for his sensational season. Gill also wins the leading run-scorer of the tournament as he scored 890 runs in 17 innings that included 3 centuries as well and he did all that at an average of 59.33 and a strike-rate of 157.80. Gill now joins in for a chat and says it obviously has been a lot of hard work going and they were going in the right direction but unfortunately, they could not end on the winning side. Mentions that it is important to start well and earlier he was getting starts but was getting out in the 40s and 50s. Adds that towards the business end, he started to convert those starts into big ones. Claims that he practised a lot before coming into the tournament and changed his technique a bit so it has been good. Ends by saying all his 100s were different from one another and he was able to pick the right bowlers by assessing the conditions.
Yashasvi Jaiswal is awarded the EMERGING PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT for scoring 625 runs in 14 innings at an average of 48.08 and a strike rate of 163.61.
Devon Conway is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his quick-fire knock of 47 runs off 25 balls that set the platform for Chennai's victory. Conway says that it was certainly a long time to wait and they were a bit nervous and he and Ruturaj Gaikwad just tried to come out and focus. Adds that it is the biggest win of his career and being a part of this team is amazing and the fans are amazing as well. Mentions that most of the credit for his performances must go to Michael Hussey and it was a special tournament for him.
The Presentation ceremony...
Lastly, the man who hit the title-clinching runs for Chennai, Ravindra Jadeja is down for a chat. Jadeja says it is an amazing feeling winning his fifth title in front of his home crowd and this was really special. Mentions that the crowd has been amazing and they waited till late at night to watch them win. Credits the Chennai fans for coming out and supporting them in large numbers. He dedicates this win to MS Dhoni. Claims that his plan was to swing hard no matter what. Explains that anything can happen but he backed himself and looked to hit straight. Ends by congratulating each and every fan of Chennai and says that as long as they are there, they will keep fighting and winning the trophies.
Tushar Deshpande, the leading wicket-taker for Chennai says that he had mentioned before the tournament started that he wanted to help his side win the title. Adds that having Dwayne Bravo by his side is great as he helps with the planning and that is what he executes.
Chennai's start batter of the season, Devon Conway is down for a quick chat now. He says that his plan was to swing from the word go and was looking to be positive. Mentions that it has been great batting alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad who is a clean hitter and the left-right combination does well for them. Claims that the atmosphere in the dressing room is great and it is wonderful to be a part of this side as there is so much to learn.
Moenn Ali is the next one in for a chat and he says that beating a good side like Gujarat was amazing. Mentions that they are always learning from MS Dhoni who takes out time to talk to everyone and is approachable which helps them to grow. Adds that he is a massive part of the team and that is why they have been so successful.
Ambati Rayudu now has the microphone in hand and says that it was a lovely finish and it was tense out there but he is really happy. Mentions that he has played in great sides before Deepak Chahar intervenes and says that Rayudu kept saying he will win the title for them and that is what he did. Rayudu adds that it is great to see that all his hard work for the last 30 years ended in this way so he is happy about that. Deepak claims that he knew he can contribute in the Powerplay and when they play they want to win the title. Ambati Rayudu takes a moment to thank his father and says without him it would not have been possible.
Ruturaj Gaikwad is the next man in for a quick chat. He says this is really special, especially after their last season and it was great to win the way they did on the last two deliveries. Mentions that Devon Conway was amazing all through the season with Ajinkya Rahane playing really well but Ambati Rayudu didn’t get many balls to face and yet he played an important inning when it mattered. Explains that they wanted to get a good start in the first few overs and they knew they had the batting to achieve the target. Ends by saying that they played well through the season and did well to perform like this in the last game.
Ajinkya Rahane says that he really enjoyed it and gives credit to the management and MS Dhoni who told him what his role was before the tournament when he gets his opportunity. Claims that they didn't interfere which is really big and that is how Chennai is as the back their players. Adds that it is a really special moment for him. About Ambati Rayudu, he mentions that he is very intense and a great team man but it was not easy for him to wait. Ends by saying that it was an important inning from Ambati so he is happy for him.
Let's now head for a few interviews...
Earlier in the game, MS Dhoni won the toss and put Gujarat into bat as he felt there would be rain later in the game. This turned out to be very true and that decision paid dividends of the highest order. Gujarat made a good start with the bat and the two openers looked in solid touch but couldn't convert the starts. It was Sai Sudharsan who played a special knock and turned a sluggish start into a game-changing knock. He fell just short of a sensational ton but his antics allowed Gujarat to get to 214. The bowling from Chennai was decent overall with no one really standing out as they all bowled well in patches and got hit as well. Coming to the chase, there was drama and one could feel the tension inside the ground. In the end of a topsy-turvy game though, it was Ravindra Jadeja who was the match-winner and took Chennai to their fifth Indian T20 League title, level with Mumbai.
Gujarat will be disheartened with the loss as they almost had one hand on the trophy. They didn't start well with the ball as they conceded a lot of runs in the Powerplay and then Rashid Khan failed to make an impact as well. Joshua Little too was put away but Noor Ahmad stepped up and got a couple of crucial breakthroughs to bring them back into the game. From thereon, the game kept swinging like a pendulum but when Mohit Sharma got rid of Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni off successive deliveries, Gujarat seemed in charge. With 10 needed off 2 balls, Sharma, unfortunately, bowled a couple of average deliveries and Ravindra Jadeja made Gujarat repent.
Chennai came into bat, needing a stiff target of 215 in 20 overs but midway through the very first over of the chase, the rain gods showed up. Everyone had to wait a long time to get the play resume and Chennai needed 171 in 15 overs. The openers went hard at the bowlers and set the platform with a quick 74-run stand. Both Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway fell in the same over but Shivam Dube and Ajinkya Rahane came in and kept the ante up. Rahane got out after a few brilliant shots and Ambati Rayudu came out in his final inning of the Indian T20 League and smashed a few balls away. There was a slight hiccup as Rayudu and then MS Dhoni fell in quick succession but Ravindra Jadeja, the star all-rounder kept his cool and took his side to a sensational victory off the final delivery. Shane Warne will be smiling in the heavens, his 'Rockstar' has brought the roof down!!!
CHENNAI ARE THE CHAMPION FOR THE FIFTH TIME! Crazy scenes inside the Narendra Modi Stadium as Ravindra Jadeja finishes the game off in amazing fashion and the Chennai players flood the field in ecstasy. Absolute heartbreak for Mohit Sharma, who bowled a sensational spell but it is Chennai who reign supreme once again. Talk about a memorable final and this one will probably be right there among the best ones in history. A final that started on the 28th of May in India has now finished on the 30th of May! We had a washout, then play looked rain-free on the reserve day and in the end, we had another rain intervention. But, after all that, we got a cracker of a game in and cricketing fans inside the stadium and all over the globe will be filled with joy for they have got to witness something special here.
Mohit Sharma to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR, FOUR! CHENNAI WIN THE 2023 INDIAN T20 LEAGUE! Ravindra Jadeja has taken his side home on the last ball and the Chennai Players go running out onto the field in celebration. Mohit Sharma bowls this full and onto the pads. Easy pickings for Ravindra Jadeja as he flicks this down to fine leg for four runs. Chennai win by 5 wickets (DLS Method)!
Mohit Sharma to Ravindra Jadeja, SIX, SIX! Ravindra Jadeja connects and gets the crowd to go crazy! Mohit Sharma bowls this really full and in the slot. Ravindra Jadeja clears his front foot out of the way and thumps this over the bowler's head for six runs. 4 runs to get on the last delivery. What a match this is turning out to be!
Mohit Sharma to Shivam Dube, 1 run, Another attempted yorker turns into a low full toss outside off. Shivam Dube miscues this towards wide long on and they take one more. 10 runs in the last 2 balls.
Mohit Sharma to Ravindra Jadeja, 1 run, A low full toss bowled in line with the stumps. Ravindra Jadeja looks to loft this over long on but does not connect well. Falls just short of the fielder and they take a single. 11 runs are needed now in 3 deliveries.
Mohit Sharma to Shivam Dube, 1 run, Gets this bang on once again as he delivers this on a yorker length, outside off. Shivam Dube gets his bat down in time and knocks this to long off for a run.
Mohit Sharma to Shivam Dube, no run, Mohit Sharma bowls a pin-point yorker at the stumps. Shivam Dube digs this back towards the bowler and it will be a dot ball to start the over. 13 in 5 deliveries.
13 needed off the final over. Mohit Sharma has the ball in hand. Can he defend 12 runs? Or maybe we will have a Super Over in the final? Let's find out...
Mohammad Shami to Ravindra Jadeja, 2 runs, A low full toss angled at the stumps. Ravindra Jadeja looks to go big but ends up hitting it into the air towards deep square leg. Noor Ahmad is unable to get to it and they take a couple of runs more.
Mohammad Shami to Shivam Dube, 1 run, On a good length this time and angling in from outside off. Shivam Dube miscues this towards deep square leg for a single.
Mohammad Shami to Shivam Dube, 2 runs, Nails this yorker at the toes. Shivam Dube flicks this to deep mid-wicket and they take another brace.
Mohammad Shami to Shivam Dube, 2 runs, Bangs this in short and outside the off pole. Shivam Dube looks to pull and gets a top-edge over the short third man fielder for a couple of runs.
Mohammad Shami to Shivam Dube, no run, Bowls this back of a length and outside the off stump. Shivam Dube looks to upper cut this but misses and looks for a wide. The umpire remains unmoved and it is a valuable dot ball for Gujarat.
Mohammad Shami to Ravindra Jadeja, 1 run, Mohammad Shami comes 'round the wicket and bowls this full at the stumps. Ravindra Jadeja drills this back past the bowler to long off for a run.
Mohammad Shami (2-0-21-0) is back on to finish his spell. 21 needed off 12 deliveries.
Mohit Sharma to Ravindra Jadeja, 1 run, Mohit Sharma bowls this on a good length and outside the off stump. Ravindra Jadeja knocks this to deep point for a single to get off the mark.
Ravindra Jadeja comes out to face the hat-trick ball.
Mohit Sharma to MS Dhoni, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Stunned silence from the Chennai supporters as MS Dhoni departs on the very first delivery! Mohit Sharma is on a Hat-trick and despite conceding 16 runs in his first three balls he has got his team well and truly back in the tie. This is bowled full and outside the off pole. MS Dhoni looks to hit this on the up towards deep cover but encounters David Miller in the middle who takes a good catch. The Chennai skipper looks flabbergasted but he has to depart and Chennai have now lost half their side. 22 runs needed in 13 deliveries now and this game is swinging like a pendulum.
MS Dhoni walks out to bat now and the crowd goes wild.
Mohit Sharma to Ambati Rayudu, out, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Mohit Sharma strikes back and gets rid of Ambati Rayudu who has done a decent job to take his team to a position of strength! This is bowled short as well and in line with the stumps. Ambati Rayudu looks to pull this away but gets it high on the bat. The ball goes high up in the air back towards the bowler and Mohit Sharma takes a comfortable catch. Chennai lose their fourth wicket and the game is still alive for Gujarat.
Mohit Sharma to Ambati Rayudu, SIX, SIX! Mohit Sharma is taking a pounding here and Ambati Rayudu is putting on a show in his final game! Mohit Sharma bowls this back of a length and outside the off pole. Ambati Rayudu stands tall and slaps this over long off for another biggie.
Mohit Sharma to Ambati Rayudu, FOUR, FOUR! The onslaught continues and Chennai are now within touching distance! A low full toss bowled outside the off stump. Ambati Rayudu drills this to deep cover for four runs. 28 runs needed in 16 deliveries now.
Mohit Sharma to Ambati Rayudu, SIX, SIX! Ambati Rayudu gets into the act and it is now three sixes in three deliveries! Mohit Sharma bowls this full and outside the off pole. Ambati Rayudu thumps this over wide long off for a maximum.
Strategic break! Well then, 38 runs are needed in 18 balls and with a lot of batting to come, one would fancy Chennai to win here. But, it is easier said than done as a couple of wickets can change things quickly. Shivam Dube, with those two maximums in the last over, has given Chennai momentum. Can they now go on and convert it into a win? Or will Gujarat's pacers step up and take them over the line? Let's find out as we are in for a thrilling finale.
Rashid Khan to Shivam Dube, SIX, SIX! Shivam Dube seems to have got his confidence back as he sends this further into the crowd! Another tossed-up delivery closer to the off pole. Shivam Dube clears his front foot out of the way and deposits this over long on for six more runs. Rashid Khan has conceded 44 runs in his 3 overs.
Rashid Khan to Shivam Dube, SIX, SIX! Shivam Dube finally connects and manages to clear the boundary! Rashid Khan floats this one full and wide outside off, allowing the batter room to swing his arm. Shivam Dube goes straight back over the bowler's head for six runs.
Rashid Khan to Ambati Rayudu, 1 run, Tosses this one full and outside off. Ambati Rayudu pushes this to long off and takes another run.
Rashid Khan to Ambati Rayudu, no run, Bowls this quicker in the air on an off-stump line. Ambati Rayudu blocks this back to the bowler.
Rashid Khan to Shivam Dube, 1 run, Short once again and in line with the stumps. Shivam Dube has failed to get his timing right so far as he mishits this towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
Rashid Khan to Ambati Rayudu, 1 run, Rashid Khan bowls this short and outside off. Ambati Rayudu pulls this towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
Rashid Khan (2-0-29-0) to bowl out...
Mohit Sharma to Ambati Rayudu, 1 run, Bowls this on a good length as well and attacks the stumps. Ambati Rayudu eases this down to long on and gets off the mark with a run.
Ambati Rayudu is the new man in.
Mohit Sharma to Ajinkya Rahane, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Mohit Sharma continues his outstanding season with yet another wicket! Ajinkya Rahane's exciting cameo comes to an end and Gujarat needed this breakthrough! This is bowled on a good length and outside the off stump. The pace is taken off once again and Ajinkya Rahane does not time his shot well as he walks down the wicket. He hits this right down the throat of Vijay Shankar at deep point and Chennai lose their third wicket.
Mohit Sharma to Shivam Dube, 1 run, Bangs this in short and at the batter. Shivam Dube pulls this towards deep mid-wicket for one.
Mohit Sharma to Shivam Dube, 2 runs, Another delivery bowled with a lack of pace and on a length, outside off. Shivam Dube checks his shot and lobs this over the bowler's head for a brace.
Mohit Sharma to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, A slower delivery bowled full and in line with the stumps. Ajinkya Rahane clips this through backward square leg for a run.
Mohit Sharma to Shivam Dube, 1 run, Mohit Sharma bowls this on a good length and outside the off stump. Shivam Dube mistimes his shot to long on for a single.
Mohit Sharma comes into the attack for the first time in this game.
Rashid Khan to Ajinkya Rahane, FOUR, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Rashid Khan continues to bowl full but just outside the off pole this time. Ajinkya Rahane paddles this towards deep backward square leg for four more runs.
Rashid Khan to Ajinkya Rahane, FOUR, FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane takes it upon himself to do the scoring! Rashid Khan floats this one full and in line with the stumps. Ajinkya Rahane sweeps this past the fielder towards fine leg for four runs.
Rashid Khan to Shivam Dube, 1 run, Darts this into the pads on a fuller length. Shivam Dube lofts this on the bounce to the long on fielder for another run.
Rashid Khan to Shivam Dube, 2 runs, Bowls this into the pads on a shortish length. Shivam Dube miscues his shot to deep square leg for a couple of well-taken runs.
Rashid Khan to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, A bit of fortune here for Ajinkya Rahane. This is tossed up full and outside the off pole. Ajinkya Rahane slices this just over the infield towards backward point for one.
Rashid Khan to Shivam Dube, 1 run, Rashid Khan bowls this short and outside the off stump. Shivam Dube pulls this towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
Rashid Khan (1-0-16-0) is back into the attack.
Noor Ahmad to Ajinkya Rahane, no run, Pulls his length back, and bowls this into the pads. Ajinkya Rahane looks to work this leg side but misses and gets hit high on the pads. An outstanding spell by Noor Ahmad has he ends with figures of 3-0-17-2.
Noor Ahmad to Shivam Dube, 1 run, Attacks the stumps on a fullish length. Shivam Dube eases this down to long on for one.
Noor Ahmad to Shivam Dube, no run, Bowls this full and outside the off stump. Shivam Dube looks to go hard at the ball but misses and Wriddhiman Saha whips the bails off. They go upstairs to check for a stumping and UltraEdge shows that there is not bat involved. Shivam Dube has made it back in the crease as well so it will only be a dot ball.
Noor Ahmad to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, Short and wide outside off this time. Ajinkya Rahane looks to cut but gets an outside edge to short third man. They rush for a quick single.
Noor Ahmad to Shivam Dube, 1 run, Bowls this short and quick, outside the off stump. Shivam Dube knocks this to long off for another run.
Noor Ahmad to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, Tosses this one full and just outside the off pole. Ajinkya Rahane dabs this towards cover-point and takes a single to get Shivam Dube on strike against the spinner.
Slight halt! The Gujarat players aren't ahppy with the shape of the ball and want it changed. The umpires have a look at it and call for another set of balls. A different ball is chosen and the play can now resume.
Noor Ahmad to Ajinkya Rahane, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Noor Ahmad bowls this really full but going down leg. Ajinkya Rahane misses his flick and the umpire calls this wide.
Joshua Little to Ajinkya Rahane, 1 run, Banged in over leg stump, pulled away toward deep mid-wicket for a single. 16 off the over, a good one for Chennai.
Joshua Little to Ajinkya Rahane, SIX, SIX! Straight as an arrow! Slightly pitched up around middle, Ajinkya Rahane keeps his head still and just lifts it right back over the bowler's head for another biggie.
Joshua Little to Ajinkya Rahane, no run, Goes fuller now and bowls it outside off at almost 142 clicks. Ajinkya Rahane gets on the front foot and drives it sweetly but straight to extra cover.
Joshua Little to Ajinkya Rahane, SIX, SIX! Oh, what a shot! Good length around middle, Ajinkya Rahane just picks it up and nonchalantly whacks it away over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
Joshua Little to Ajinkya Rahane, 2 runs, Short again over middle and leg, Ajinkya Rahane mistimes the pull shot a bit toward the vacant mid-wicket region and hustles back for the second run.
Joshua Little to Shivam Dube, 1 run, A bumper over the stumps, Shivam Dube pulls it away behind square leg and picks up a single.
Noor Ahmad to Devon Conway, out, OUT! TAKEN! Two wickets in the over for Noor Ahmad and he has turned the game on its head. This is the leg break from Noor, a tad shorter and around off, turning away from the left-hander. Devon Conway gets on the back foot and tries to force the lofted shot over long off. As soon as Conway hits it, he shouts 'NO,' and that is because the ball goes straight down the throat of Mohit Sharma at long off. Sharma makes no mistake and Chennai have lost two quick wickets.
Ajinkya Rahane is the new batter out in the middle.
Noor Ahmad to Devon Conway, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Slides one well down the leg side, Wriddhiman Saha does well to move quickly to his right and collect the ball.
Noor Ahmad to Devon Conway, 2 runs, Keeps the length full and bowls another googly around middle. Devon Conway chips it right back over the bowler's head and looks for two right away. Conway gets it this time around.
Noor Ahmad to Shivam Dube, 1 run, Pushed through fuller and on middle, Shivam Dube flicks it away through mid-wicket and gets off the mark with a single.
Shivam Dube is brought in as an Impact Player for Chennai in place of Matheesha Pathirana and he makes his way out to the middle at number 3.
Noor Ahmad to Ruturaj Gaikwad, out, OUT! CAUGHT! The googly does the trick for Noor Ahmad! Nicely flighted, a touch fuller and outside off. Ruturaj Gaikwad doesn't pick the googly as he shapes up for a big hoick across the line. The ball turns away and takes the top edge, lobbing up around backward point. Rashid Khan there settles under it and takes a simple. Gujarat have their first breakthrough.
Noor Ahmad to Devon Conway, 1 run, Tossed up, full and on leg stump, Devon Conway hits it off the inner half of the bat and toward wide long on. Conway looks for two but they only get the single in the end.
Noor Ahmad to Ruturaj Gaikwad, 1 run, Flighted one around middle, Ruturaj Gaikwad leans forward and works it uppishly through wide mid on for a single.
Strategic break! Chennai have gotten off to an explosive start courtesy of their openers who have their plans pretty clear. They are well ahead of the required rate and their fans will be hoping that this goes on for some more time as they get closer to the target. 99 runs are required in 54 balls and Gujarat desperately need to get some wickets to find a way back into this tie. The four overs from the Afghan spin twins will hold the key for the reigning champions and this game is bound to go down to the wire.
Joshua Little to Devon Conway, SIX, SIX! BANG! Short of a length and around off, Devon Conway pulls it off the back foot and absolutely nails it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. Chennai cruising along now.
Joshua Little to Devon Conway, 2 runs, Overthrows! Length ball around off, played on the up to the right of David Miller at extra cover for one. Miller picks up the ball and has an unnecessary shy at the batter's end. There's no one backing up and they get an extra run.
Joshua Little to Ruturaj Gaikwad, 1 run, Back of a length again and over the stumps, Ruturaj Gaikwad stands tall and pulls it away in front of mid-wicket for a run.
Joshua Little to Devon Conway, 1 run, Back of a length outside off, played on the up toward extra cover for a quick single.
Joshua Little to Devon Conway, 2 runs, And again! Banged in short and around off, Devon Conway bends his back a bit and pulls it in between deep mid-wicket and long on for another brace.
Joshua Little to Devon Conway, 2 runs, Joshua Little comes into the attack and starts with a short ball right away. Devon Conway gets in position and pulls it aerially toward cow corner for a couple of runs more.
Noor Ahmad to Devon Conway, 1 run, Good fielding! Short and down the leg side, there to be hit. Devon Conway pulls it away to the right of short fine leg but Joshua Little there makes a good diving stop and keeps it down to just a single.
Noor Ahmad to Devon Conway, no run, Nicely tossed up, full and outside off. Devon Conway looks to muscle it away through covers but toe-ends it back to the bowler.
Noor Ahmad to Devon Conway, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Angles this one well down the leg side, Wriddhiman Saha does well to collect it though. A wide is called.
Noor Ahmad to Ruturaj Gaikwad, 1 run, Quicker and flatter around off, Ruturaj Gaikwad stays on the back foot and eases it through the cover region for one more.
Noor Ahmad to Devon Conway, 1 run, Tossed up, full and around off, this is driven through wide mid off for a single.
Noor Ahmad to Devon Conway, no run, Quicker one, turning in from around middle, Devon Conway backs away and pushes it out to the bowler.
Noor Ahmad to Devon Conway, 2 runs, Starts with a bit of a drag down. This is well outside off, Devon Conway has to reach for it but manages to cut it toward deep cover-point for a couple of runs.
Noor Ahmad has been brought into the attack.
Rashid Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, FOUR, FOUR! Cut away and 17 runs come off that over! Short and around off, Ruturaj Gaikwad rocks back and cuts it through cover-point for a boundary. The 50 is up for Chennai and they end the Powerplay on a high.
Rashid Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, SIX, SIX! All the way! Tossed up around off and it is the googly as well, Ruturaj Gaikwad leans on lofts it against the turn over the long off fence for a maximum.
Rashid Khan to Devon Conway, 1 run, This is shorter and around leg stump, Devon Conway looks to pull it behind square but gets an inside edge off the body and toward short fine leg. They get a single.
Rashid Khan to Ruturaj Gaikwad, 1 run, Excellent running! Flatter delivery, angled into middle, Ruturaj Gaikwad comes forward and pushes it out on the off side before getting across for another quick run.
Rashid Khan to Devon Conway, leg byes, 1 run, Leg bye! Quicker one around leg stump and skidding through. Devon Conway misses the flick and the ball goes off his pads toward backward point. They get a leg bye.
Rashid Khan to Devon Conway, FOUR, FOUR! Rashid Khan is greeted into the attack with a boundary. Not that short and around off, Devon Conway backs away and forces it in front of point for a boundary.
Mohammad Shami to Devon Conway, 1 run, Length ball around middle, this is turned away through mid-wicket. Quick start here by Chennai.
Mohammad Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, 1 run, Around the top of off stump, Ruturaj Gaikwad watchfully just drops it onto the off side and gets across for a quick single.
Mohammad Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, no run, Beaten! Perfect length in that channel around off and this one nips away sharply off the deck. Ruturaj Gaikwad looks to push it away but the ball zips past the outside edge.
Mohammad Shami to Devon Conway, 1 run, Back to over the wicket now and bowls a good-length ball outside off. Devon Conway advances and plays it uppishly through cover-point for a single.
Mohammad Shami to Devon Conway, FOUR, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! On a good length and angling into the body, Devon Conway manages to flick it away and beats the man at fine leg to his left for another boundary.
Mohammad Shami to Devon Conway, FOUR, FOUR! Dispatched! Mohammad Shami comes from around the wicket and angles it in from around off. Conway keeps his head still and hoicks it away wide of mid on for a boundary.
Hardik Pandya to Devon Conway, 1 run, A single to end but 14 runs come off it, good over for Chennai. On a hard length and around off, Conway stays back and nudges it down toward backward point for a run.
Hardik Pandya to Devon Conway, FOUR, FOUR! Easily done! Length again on the pads, flicked away toward fine leg for a boundary by Devon Conway.
Hardik Pandya to Devon Conway, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Length ball, spilled down the leg side. A wide is called and the ball dies down on its way to the keeper.
Hardik Pandya to Ruturaj Gaikwad, 1 run, Good length, around the top of off. Ruturaj Gaikwad has a tentative push at it and gets an inside edge just past the stumps. The batters scamper across for a single.
Hardik Pandya to Devon Conway, 1 run, Devon Conway looks to come down the pitch again but this time Hardik Pandya pulls back the length and follows him. Conway pushes it out on the off side for a single.
Hardik Pandya to Devon Conway, SIX, SIX! Up and away! Pitched up around off, Devon Conway dances down the pitch and shimmies across a bit before lifting it all the way over the cover fence for a maximum.
Hardik Pandya to Devon Conway, no run, Starts off with a good-length ball, angling across off. Devon Conway plays it late and blocks it out in front of covers.
Hardik Pandya will share the new ball and bowl from the other end.
Mohammad Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, FOUR, FOUR! Ends the over with a boundary does Ruturaj Gaikwad! Fraction shorter over leg stump, Gaikwad swivel-pulls it just behind square leg and the ball races away to the fence. Looks like the outfield is in pristine condition.
Mohammad Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, no run, Length ball around off, punched away sweetly on the up but straight to David Miller at extra cover.
Mohammad Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 runs, Pitched up and angling into the pads, Ruturaj Gaikwad looks to flick it toward mid-wicket but the ball flies off the outer half and goes over cover-point. They get back for two runs.
We are all set for the game to resume as the umpires make their way out to the middle. The Gujarat players are in a huddle at the boundary line where Hardik Pandya has a few more words to share before taking their respective positions on the field. The remaining ground staff is leaving the field now as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway stride out to resume their opening partnership. Mohammad Shami has the new ball in his hand to complete his over and is ready to begin proceedings. Let's go...
UPDATE - 11.44 pm IST (6.14 pm GMT) - Right then, finally we have good news from the ground! The game will resume at 12.10 am IST. The chase has now been reduced to 15 overs and we will share the revised target at the earliest. Stick around. So the target for Chennai is 171 runs and the Powerplay will be the first four overs. A bowler can bowl a maximum of 3 overs each and the four-time champions need 167 runs in 87 deliveries to win this game.
UPDATE - 11.35 pm IST (6.05 pm GMT) - The umpires are out in the middle for the inspection and are having a long chat about the playing conditions. The ground staff have been toiling for a long time now to get that side pitch ready for play. The roller has also been rolled multiple times and we should get a start time or update soon. Stay tuned.
UPDATE - 10.52 pm IST (5.22 pm GMT) - There is a lot of movement on the ground as the ground staff is sprinkling sand over the wet areas. The Super Soppers are out as well and the pitch is being rolled in while the match officials have a discussion. Hardik Pandya had a long conversation with the match referee Javagal Srinath and then the umpires as he looks to be a little fazed out there by the conditions. The next inspection will be done at 11.30 pm IST (6 pm GMT) and hopefully, we will get some action soon after. We still have a couple of hours before overs are lost and we hope for the action to start shortly. Fingers crossed.
UPDATE - 10.20 pm IST (4.50 pm GMT) - We have good news to share as well as some bad! The rain has stopped and the ground staff has got the covers off but the bad news is that the area surrounding the pitch got drenched while taking the covers off. They are trying to dry the area and the next inspection will happen at 10.45 pm IST (5.15 pm GMT). We hope the rain stays away and we can have some action soon. Stay tuned for further updates...
UPDATE - 10.05 pm IST (4.35 pm GMT) - The rain seems to have eased down a bit and we may not have a long wait this time around. It was getting difficult for the ground staff to put the covers on with intense winds but now they have managed to get it down and are waiting for the rain to stop completely before getting the playing conditions in order. Most of the outfield remains uncovered but the drainage at this ground is outstanding and it should not be too much trouble to dry it out.
UPDATE - 9.51 pm IST (4.21 pm GMT) - The rain has come in full force and the players rush off the field. The ground staff gets into action immediately as they pull the covers onto the field. It is raining cats and dogs out there which is making it very difficult for the groundsmen to get their work done efficiently. We still have 2 hours before we start losing overs and the DLS par score after 5 overs is 43/0, 49/1, 56/2, 65/3, 77/4 and 95/5.
Mohammad Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, FOUR, FOUR! Ruturaj Gaikwad and Chennai are up and running! Good length outside off, Gaikwad waits on it well and opens the bat face to play it in front of point for a boundary, the first one of the chase.
Mohammad Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, no run, On a length around off, Ruturaj Gaikwad puts a big stride across and punches it sweetly toward cover.
Mohammad Shami to Ruturaj Gaikwad, no run, Starts off with a fullish delivery around off and gets it to shape away a touch as well. Ruturaj Gaikwad gets forward well and pushes it out toward mid off.