During the IPL 2023 Qualifier 1 between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings, pacer Deepak Chahar attempted a mankad at the non-striker’s end during the 14th over. Vijay Shankar was the batter at the non-striker’s end, but he was inside the crease and Chahar pulled out. From behind the stumps, Dhoni had a subtle smile on his face. Dhoni’s reaction to Chahar’s action has gone viral on social media.
Earlier in the match, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) post 172/7 against GT. Gaikwad hit a half-century and Conway contributed 40 runs. Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, and Moeen Ali also chipped in with cameos towards the end of the innings.
During the first half of the match, Chennai had a steady start, but Ruturaj Gaikwad got caught at mid-wicket in the second over but was lucky to survive as Darshan Nalkande overstepped and the hooter went up. Nonetheless, he recovered quickly and hit a six and a boundary in the second over. With some cracking shots from Gaikwad and Devon Conway, CSK reached 49 for no loss at the end of the Power-play and continued to rotate the strike to keep the scoreboard moving.