Again at their house after 4 years, the four-time champions produced an all-round present to safe their first win of the season.
A complete of 422 runs have been scored by the 2 groups mixed, an uncommon prevalence on a historically sluggish MA Chidambaram observe as followers have been enthralled by mesmerizing stroke-play by the batters from each groups.
As It Occurred
Chasing a steep 218 for victory, Lucknow finally fell quick by 12 runs, ending at 205 for 7.
Gaikwad slammed his second successive fifty and shared 110 runs for the opening wicket with Conway (47 off 29) as CSK posted a commanding 217 for 7 after being despatched into bat.
Gaikwad, after his 92 within the opening recreation, smashed 57 off 31 with three fours and 4 sixes. Conway, who hit 5 boundaries and two hits over the fence, gave him good assist.
After which Moeen returned with effective figures of 4 for 26 from his overs to assist CSK emerge victorious.
Late hitting by Nicholas Pooran (32 off 18 balls, 2x4s, 3x6s) and a livid opening assault by his fellow West Indian Kyle Mayers (53 off 22 balls, 8x4s, 2x6s) went in useless for LSG.
CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, again on house turf, made considered use of the sluggish bowlers to make sure the workforce’s first win on this 12 months’s IPL.
Veteran Moeen Ali accounted for the wickets of Mayers, LSG skipper Ok L Rahul, Krunal Pandya and Marcus Stoinis (21) to derail LSG’s chase.
Tempo bowlers Deepak Chahar (4-0-55-0) and Tushar Deshpande (4-0-45-2), who got here in for Ambati Rayudu as Affect Participant, bowled three wides and two no-balls in his opening over, by which he conceded 18 runs, disillusioned.
The flamboyant Mayers and Rahul raised the workforce 50 within the fourth over.
Poor bowling by Chahar, Deshpande and Ben Stokes (1-0-18-0) did not assist CSK’s trigger as they leaked runs within the powerplay as LSG batters posted a powerful riposte in pursuit of 218.
Mayers hit a second consecutive fifty to supply LSG a flying begin whilst Rahul performed second fiddle. Having reached 79 in simply 5.2 overs, Mayers fell towards the run of play, trying a giant hit off Moeen Ali solely to be caught within the deep by Conway.
LSG misplaced Deepak Hooda (2) and Rahul (20), each going for large pictures, shortly to slide to 82 for 3 as Ali and Mitchell Santner bought into the act.
Earlier, Dhoni smacked a 89-metre six and one other to ship the adoring Chepauk crowd into raptures.
A delirious crowd had their glimpse of ‘Thala’ (Dhoni) as he carted two huge sixes earlier than being dismissed going for a 3rd off Mark Wooden’s bowling for 12 off 3 balls. The enduring CSK captain accomplished 5,000 runs within the IPL throughout his temporary knock.
After the preliminary blitz by Gaikwad (57 off 37 balls, 3x4s, 4x6s) and Conway (47 off 29 balls, 5x4s, 2x6s), there have been useful contributions from Shivam Dube (27 off 16 balls, 1×4, 3x6s) and Ali (19).
Ambati Rayudu hit two sixes and an equal variety of fours in his 14-ball 27 which slipped underneath the radar resulting from Dhoni’s pyrotechnics.
Wooden, who picked up 5 wickets in LSG’s demolition of Delhi Capitals on Sunday, was not as efficient and completed with 3 for 49 from his 4 overs.
LSG managed to place the brakes on the free-scoring CSK batters, due to a splendid spell by leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi (3 for 28 in 4 overs) within the center overs.
Despatched in to bat, Gaikwad and Conway creamed 79 runs within the first six overs taking full benefit of the fielding restrictions.
The trendy Gaikwad continued his kind from the season opener the place he hammered 92 and within the New Zealand left-hander’s firm introduced up the workforce’s 100 within the eighth over.
Gaikwad made batting look really easy as he effortlessly lofted three sixes in Krishnappa Gowtham’s opening over (fifth of the innings). He continued to pile on the runs and a flick for a six off Wooden underlined the supreme kind he’s in.
The CSK openers have been on a roll and introduced up the 100 within the eighth over as LSG bowlers appeared clueless.
(With inputs from PTI)