Sri Lanka’s 19-year-old Matheesha Pathirana had a memorable Indian Premier League debut yesterday picking up a wicket from his very first bowl for Chennai Super Kings against Gujarat Titans.
However, Wriddhiman Saha’s solid 67 not out after a top-class bowling performance set up Gujarat’s seven-wicket win over Chennai yesterday, securing a top-two finish in the team standings.
Gujarat bowlers put up a clinical show to restrict CSK to a below-par 133/5 despite a fine half-century by Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Saha, who struck eight boundaries and a six in his 57-ball knock, anchored the chase nicely to get Gujarat home in 19.1 overs.
Sri Lanka’s Pathirana went onto to finish with figures of 2 for 24 despite his team being failing to secure a win.
While CSK were already out of the play-off race, the win for Gujarat guarantees them a top-two finish on the points table in their debut season, providing them with two opportunities to reach the final.