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CSK emerges as Winner for IPL 2023:- On Monday at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lifted their fifth IPL trophy. CSK are now the five times champion. CSK beat defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) by five wickets. Ravindra Jadeja is the saviour with his 10 runs in the last two balls.
GT with the firing performances of Sai Sudharshan and Wriddhiman Saha gave a target of 214/4 in 20 overs, but due to rain delay the target was revised to 171 in 15 overs for Chennai. The last two overs for the CSK were a nightmare. They were in need of 20 runs in 11 balls. The sudden demise of Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni's duck out for Mohit Sharma’s superb deliveries turned the match into a super thriller. Jadeja got 6 and 4 in the last balls, these are winning runs which emerged CSK to victory.
Dhoni was at the dugout and after Jadeja’s brilliant smashing hits, an emotional Dhoni lifted Jadeja. This was a real feast for the fans.
Ambati Rayudu has announced his retirement with this match. Team CSK has dedicated this win to Ambati Rayudu. He called it a fairytale finish. He thanked his family and was also overjoyed by winning the title and said he can smile for the rest of his life.
Dhoni while talking said he would come back for the next season if his body allows it. He also said that this time would be the best time to announce retirement, but by seeing the love and affection, it is not easy to leave the ground. Can anyone dream of the Chennai team without Dhoni? His statements after the match were a big relief for CSK fans, they can breadth now and wait for the next IPL season. However, IPL 2023 season comes to a climax with a spectacular win of CSK.