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IPL 2024: CSK ends home matches in style

IPL 2024: CSK ends home matches in style

After a convincing victory, the CSK players were felicitated with gold medals before taking a lap of honor at the M Chidambaram Stadium to thank the fans for their unwavering support.

MS Dhoni & Co were awarded medals at the Chepauk after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won their final home match in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. The defending champions upset Rajasthan Royals, jumping all the way to 3rd place.rd place on the points table with a 5-wicket, 14-run win. After a convincing victory, the CSK players were felicitated with gold medals before taking a lap of honor at the M Chidambaram Stadium to thank the fans for their unwavering support.

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This was CSK's 50th home win in Chepauk and also their last league match in this year's competition. Before the game, the franchise asked fans via an Instagram post to stick around after the game for “something special.” As the fans accepted it, the defending champions greeted them with a satisfying victory and handed out tennis balls during their victory lap.

Meanwhile, former CSK all-rounder Suresh Raina joined his old teammates on the field. He hugged Dhoni and smashed a ball towards the crowd at the behest of the legendary keeper-batsman.

While CSK would still need to win their final away match and seal their play-off spot with 16 points and a good net positive score, Gaikwad called it a “wonderful feeling” to crown the league's commitments at home with a comfortable victory. .

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The defending champions remained in contention for a place in the IPL play-offs with a five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals. In a low-scoring match that had its share of drama with Ravindra Jadeja being given away for field obstruction, CSK chased down a target of 142 with 10 balls to spare on a tricky surface.

Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad was CSK's star with the bat, remaining unbeaten on a 41-ball 42.

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“We would definitely like to play on such wickets. This puts our spinners in play and with huge boundaries, there is some risk of hitting sixes,” said the astute young captain at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“That’s always the plan every time you come here. Sometimes the wicket is flatter and we go for yorkers. When the wicket is slow and you have a bigger team, you want to slow down the pace,” he added.

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