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Ruturaj Gaekwad-Devon Conway, CSK’s excellent opening pair helps the team reach the playoffs

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May 21, 2023 12:56 IST

New Delhi (India), May 21 (ANI): Four-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) continued their consistent run in the league with yet another playoff qualification after their win over Delhi Capitals (DC). In their last league match on Saturday, openers Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaekwad played a major role in their team’s success this year.
Gaekwad-Conway stitched another century partnership in their win against DC. It was their fourth century stand in the IPL, placing them among the elite opening pairs. They have the third highest opening century partnership in IPL history.
Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner have the most centuries by an opening pair in the IPL, having stitched six such partnerships during their time together at Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Warner is also involved in five century stands as an opener with Jonny Bairstow. Warner-Bairstow was another winning pair during SRH’s peak years.
Apart from Ruthuraj-Conway, Mayank Agarwal-KL Rahul (for Punjab Kings), Virat Kohli-Faf du Plessis (for Royal Challengers Bangalore), Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli (RCB) also have four century partnerships as opening pairs in the IPL. .
The duo also holds the second record for the highest fifty-plus opening partnership for CSK. They have a total of eight in 20 innings, sitting alongside Michael Hussey-Murali Vijay duo who have 13 partnerships in 34 innings.
Ruthuraj-Conway’s 141-run opening partnership against DC on Saturday is the fourth highest by a CSK opening pair. She also holds the record for the highest opening stand for CSK in the 2022 edition of IPL with a stand of 182 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Both have performed well this season. The duo have added 688 runs in 13 innings as the opening pair this season. It includes two century stands and three half-century stands.

With 585 runs from 14 matches at an average of 53.18 and a strike rate of 138.62, Conway is the third highest run-scorer in the 2023 IPL. He has hit six fifties this season with a best score of 92*. Highest run scorer for CSK.
Gaekwad, on the other hand, enjoyed another great season with CSK. He has scored 504 runs in 14 matches at an average of 42.00 and a strike rate of 148.33. He has scored three fifties this year, with the best score being 92. He is the seventh highest run-scorer in IPL 2023.
CSK are 223/3 in their 20 overs in the match. Conway (87 off 52 balls with 11 fours and three sixes) and Gaekwad (79 off 50 balls with three fours and seven sixes) capped a 141-run opening stand, with Shivam Dubey (22 off 9 balls) making valuable cameos. Ravindra Jadeja (20* in seven balls). Khalil Ahmed, Chetan Zakaria and Antich Nortje took one wicket each.
Chasing 224, DC could only manage 146/9 in their 20 overs as captain David Warner (86 off 58 balls with seven fours and five sixes) had little to no support from the other end.
Deepak Chahar (3/22) is among CSK’s bowlers. Mahesh Theekshana and Matisha Pathirana took two wickets each while Jadeja and Tusshar Deshpande took a wicket each.
Gaekwad scored fifty runs and was the player of the match.
CSK qualified for the playoffs. They are second in the league stage with eight wins, five losses and no results in 14 games. They have a total of 17 points. DC finished their campaign with a total of 10 points from 14 games with five wins and nine losses. They are currently ninth in the points table. (ANI).

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