IPL 2023 CSK vs MI: Pathirana’s excellence powers CSK in a low scoring affair

Following this win, CSK are now second on the points table with 13 points.

In the 49th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Mumbai Indians (MI) by six wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

After winning the toss, MS Dhoni opted to field first. The decision worked as the home side restricted the five-time IPL champions to just 139 runs in 20 overs. While Matheesha Pathirana was at his best, Deepak Chahar and Tushar Deshpande also managed to give CSK a breakthrough in the powerplay.

In the chase, Devon Conway (44) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (30) provided CSK with a bright start in the powerplay. While Gaikwad got out in the fifth over, Conway continued with firm control over bowlers. The Kiwi batter hit four fours in his innings and on the other hand, Gaikwad hammered four fours and two sixes. Furthermore, Ajinkya Rahane (21) also contributed a few runs in the middle overs along with Shivam Dube (26*). In the end, MS Dhoni came out to finish the match in the 18th over.

There’s always someone who manages to rescue MI from tough situations. Today it was Nehal Wadhera (64). The southpaw batter scored a magnificent half-century which included eight fours and one six. Suryakumar Yadav (26) and Tristan Stubbs (20) were the other two batters whose contributions helped MI to reach a decent score.

With the ball for CSK, Matheesha Pathirana bagged three wickets in his quota of four overs. Two wickets each were also grabbed by Deepak Chahar and Tushar Despande. Ravindra Jadeja also managed to pick up one wicket.

Piyush Chawla once again showcased his brilliance as he plucked two wickets. One wicket each was also taken by Stubbs and Akash Madhwal.

Matheesha Pathirana was adjudged Player of the Match for his electrifying bowling show. Following this win, CSK are now second on the points table with 13 points.


Mumbai Indians: 139/8, Overs 20, Nehal Wadhera 64, Matheesha Pathirana 3/15

Chennai Super Kings: 140/4, Overs 17.4, Devon Conway 44, Piyush Chawla 2/25

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