Defending champions Gujarat Titans opened their IPL 2023 campaign on a winning note as they defeated MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings by five wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday night. Ahead of their fixture, Bollywood singer Arijit Singh delivered a mesmerizing performance in the opening ceremony as the CSK skipper was spotted grooving while the crowd went berserk on Dhoni's reaction.
Apart from Arijit Singh, popular Indian actresses Tamanna Bhatia and Rashmika Mandanna set the stage on fire in the opening ceremony of the IPL 2023.
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Arjiti Singh opened the ceremony with his melodious voice that made the ODI and T20I World Cup winning captain from India, MS Dhoni grooving on the lyrics. When the on field camera showed the Thala enjoying the song on the big screen, the crowd went berserk just to have a glimpse of their favourite cricketer enjoying the moment.
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Talking about the game, Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya opted to field first after winning the toss as the visitors placed a target of 179 runs with a loss of seven wickets. CSK opener and future captain prospect, Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 92 off 50 as he kept the hold of the wickets at one end. After Ruturaj, Moeen Ali (23 off 17) scored the most runs for CSK as MS Dhoni remained not out for 14 runs, hitting one six and a four.
For Gujarat Titans, Mohammad Shami, Rashid Khan and Alzarri Joseph picked two wickets each. While chasing the target, GT opener started well but Wriddhiman Saha (25) lost his wicket in the fourth over and Shubman Gill played an impressive knock of 63 runs from 36 balls. The chase became easy for the middle order after a staggering performance by Gill as GT beat CSK by five wickets with four balls remaining and managed a three-game winning streak against them.