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IPL 2023: Impact player neutralized, neither Chennai worked, nor Gujarat benefited

IPL-2023 new rule Impact player was used by both the teams in the first match. Tushar Deshpande was selected by Chennai Super Kings and Sai Sudarshan by Gujarat Titans as an impact player, but both could not make an impact in the first match.

Chennai got defeated in the first match of IPL-2023.

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Ahmedabad: The start of IPL-2023 was excellent. In the first match of this league, the current winner Gujarat Titans defeated the four-time winner Chennai Super Kings. There was a good competition between Gujarat and Chennai in this match. Along with the first match played between Chennai and Gujarat, the fans also saw the new rules of this league. Some new rules have come in IPL-2023. One of them is Impact Player. The impact player was used by both the teams in the very first match. However, the impact players of both the teams could not leave any impact.

Chennai chose fast bowler Tushar Deshpande as an impact player in place of Ambati Rayudu. On the other hand, Gujarat chose Sai Sudarshan as an impact player in place of Kane Williamson. Kane Williamson was injured while fielding and that is why he was replaced. Let’s take a look at the performance of the impact players of both the teams.

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Sai Sudarshan disappointed

Sai Sudarshan is known for his excellent spin. His batting is also very good, but in this match he got to bat only in which he failed. He started well and hit a four on the very first ball but then he could not convert his innings into a big innings. Rajvardhan Hungergekar, playing his first IPL match, sent him to the pavilion on the third ball of the 10th over. Rajvardhan’s ball took the edge of his bat and went into the hands of wicketkeeper Dhoni. Sudarshan scored 22 runs in 17 balls with the help of three fours.

Deshpande also failed

At the same time, Chennai selected Deshpande as an impact player to strengthen their bowling in the second innings. He didn’t impress too much. However, he definitely succeeded in getting a big wicket to Chennai. He showed Shubman Gill the way to the pavilion. Gill wanted to send Deshpande’s ball for a six but Rituraj Gaikwad caught his catch. This wicket was very important for the team.

But Deshpande could not save eight runs in the last over. In the last over, Gujarat had to save eight runs to prevent Chennai from winning and Dhoni expressed confidence in his impact player. But he collapsed on two balls only. Rahul Tewatia gave victory to Gujarat by hitting a six and then a four on the first ball of the last over. He took one wicket for 51 runs in 3.2 overs.

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