IPL 2023: From CSK’s 10th time appearance in the Finals to surprising tree emoticons, Here are all the important news from last night's IPL match

From several updates on CSK vs GT to changes in IPL Points Table, here are the most important updates from last night’s IPL.

CSK choke Gujarat Titans on slow pitch, seals the place on IPL 2023 final

Sent into bat, CSK notched up a competitive total of 172/7 before strangling the Gujarat Titans batters with spin to clinch a 15-run victory in IPL’s Qualifier 1. The tried-and-tested template has ensured CSK’s entry to the IPL final in Ahmedabad on Sunday, their tenth in 14 seasons. Know more.

Ruturaj Gaikwad shatters Kohli's magnificent IPL record with fourth-straight half-century vs GT

Gaikwad hammered 60 off 44 balls, which featured seven fours and a maximum, after Gujarat won the toss and invited CSK to bat first. Meanwhile, Gaikwad's effort also saw him shatter Virat Kohli's record against Gujarat. The CSK opener now has 278 runs in four innings against the defending champions, while Kohli has 232 runs from three innings. Know more.

Watch: Hardik Pandya's no-celebration act, Chepauk goes numb at Dhoni's early dismissal in IPL Qualifier 1

The Chepauk crowd would be slightly disappointed at not having seen much of Dhoni's batting as the skipper incurred a shock dismissal. Hardik Pandya, who took Dhoni's catch in the covers comfortably, but despite it being a big wicket given the form Dhoni has been throughout IPL 2023, he did not celebrate. Know more.

Explained: Why tree emoticons are being used in place of dot balls during CSK vs GT

Viewers noticed tree emoticons being used on the scorecard ticker every time a dot ball was delivered during the course of CSK innings, who scored 172/7 in 20 overs. While many wondered the reason behind the same, it was confirmed by Simon Doull on-air that it was to represent BCCI's brand new initiative towards safeguarding the environment. Know more.

Watch: Dhoni's 'unacceptable' act called out after heated chat with umpire on Pathirana's over

Dhoni was spot on with most of his onfield decisions, something which almost every expert noted during commentary. However, there was one particular incident that didn't go down well with the fans and commentators. The incident took place before the 15th over of GT's chase. Dhoni was seen engaged in a discussion with the umpires. While things were not very clear at the start, it was later pointed out by many that it was a deliberate time-wasting strategy by the CSK captain. Know more.