The IPL 2023 opener kick started with the bang on March 31 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. After Hardik Pandya won the toss, he invited MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings to at first. The Chennai-based franchise top order failed to stay in the middle, except Ruturaj Gaikwad, who went all guns blazing to fire all-round the park.
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However, after Mohammed Shami drew the first blood for the hosts Gujarat Titans in the third over, Rashid Khan took back-to-back wickets in his two overs. On the fourth delivery of the eighth over, Ben Stokes had an edge. Wriddhiman Saha, who is keeping the wickets for Gujarat Titans, took a brilliant catch to dismiss the England all-rounder who is making his CSK debut.
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Stokes left in disappointment as he only scored seven runs off six deliveries he played during his stay in the middle.
Talking about the Chennai Super Kings, the MS Dhoni-led side will aim to redeem themselves after a disappointing outing in the IPL 2022. The franchise finished ninth in the points table with just four wins and ten losses in the 14 league stage matches.