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The opening game for the 16th season of IPL between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings has got off to a brilliant start thanks to CSK's Ruturaj Gaikwad. But the IPL opener suffered a strange halt in the sixth over of the game. As Gaikwad drove Pandya for an incredible lofted shot, the ball went high into the sky.

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But as the ball dropped over the boundary, the umpires were concerned whether it touched the spider-cam cables on the way. Hence, the call went to the third umpire. If the ball was in contact with a wire, it would have been a dead ball. As the decision was hard to figure out from the replays, the official took some extended time but eventually declared it was a six.

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After this six, Ruturaj Gaikwad continued to bat at an incredible rate and ended up scoring a 92 in just 50 balls. On the back of this knock, CSK managed to post a massive 179-run total for the Titans.

Reacting to the first innings, Moeen Ali praised Gaikwad in his mid-innings interview but stated that the team would have been happy with a few more runs. He said,  "It's a score which is great to have. Little disappointed. Should've got 15-20 more." 

"Ruturaj was outstanding. It was a decent pitch once you went through your first 5-6 balls. Chennai support has always been outstanding. When I was batting, it felt like the loudest crowd I've experienced in my career."