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Playoff Hopes Fade for Chennai Super Kings

In a crucial match that Chennai Super Kings needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, they faced a disappointing defeat against the Gujarat Titans last night in Ahmedabad. The Titans, after batting first, set a towering target with their robust performance and later dominated in bowling, sealing a victory by 35 runs.

The match began with Gujarat batting first and putting on an impressive display. Openers Shubman Gill and Sai Sudharsan took charge, propelling their team to a mammoth score of 231 for only three wickets. Both batsmen hit centuries, contributing to a record partnership that tied the highest IPL first-wicket stand of 210 runs. Shubman Gill, declared the Player of the Match, scored a stunning 104 off 55 balls, marking the 100th century in IPL history.

Chasing a target of 232, Chennai Super Kings crumbled under pressure, losing early wickets with only ten runs on the board. Despite half-centuries from Daryl Mitchell (63) and Moeen Ali (56), the middle and lower order failed to sustain the momentum, folding at 196 with eight wickets down. Gujarat’s bowlers, particularly Mohit Sharma who took three crucial wickets, were relentless, leaving Chennai's playoff aspirations nearly shattered as they recorded their sixth defeat in twelve matches.