Ruturaj Gaikwad notched up his third half-century of the current Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season, displaying his exceptional batting prowess. Currently, he stands as the second-highest run-scorer for the Chennai Super Kings, accumulating a total of 504 runs in 13 matches, with a strike rate of around 148.
The right-hander continued his brilliant form on Saturday, setting the stage on fire for the Chennai Super Kings with a blistering knock of 79 runs off just 37 balls. Teaming up with Devon Conway at the opening, they forged a formidable partnership of 141 runs, providing an explosive start to the innings.
With his latest half-century, Gaikwad has now reached an impressive tally of 14 half-centuries as the opening batter for the Chennai Super Kings. This milestone has propelled him past Michael Hussey, who previously held the record with 13 half-centuries. Holding the top spot is Faf du Plessis, who has amassed an exceptional 15 half-centuries as an opener for CSK.
Most 50-Plus Scores By CSK Openers:
16 – Faf du Plessis
14 – Ruturaj Gaikwad
13 – Michael Hussey
Alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway has been in sensational form at the top of the order for the Chennai Super Kings. Currently leading the scoring charts for the team, he has amassed a total of 585 runs in 13 matches. Once again, he delivered a scintillating performance by smashing 87 runs off just 52 balls, providing the team with a brilliant start.
With the stellar contributions from Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad at the top, coupled with a rapid cameo from Shivam Dube, the Chennai Super Kings managed to set a mammoth total of 223 runs on the scoreboard, losing only three wickets. To retain their second spot in the points table and qualify for the playoffs, they now require a resounding victory in this game.