Date: May 23, 2023
Time : 7:30 PM IST
Venue : M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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Gujarat Titans will go head-to-head against Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League 2023 at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. As two of the best teams in the league stage, both GT and CSK have been clinical with the bat, ball, and in the field right throughout the tournament. In the opening match of this year’s IPL, the Titans were able to defeat the Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad by five wickets in the last over. Hence, Gujarat will fancy their chances of upstaging Chennai in their home den to reach back-to-back IPL finals.
The pitches at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium has been providing balanced cricket as the IPL has gone on this season. The average first innings score at this venue in this edition of the IPL is 168, slightly lower than overall tournament average of 163. Hence, the first innings score in the upcoming encounter between GT and CSK could get around 165-175 range on May 23.
Gujarat Titans top order comprising Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, and the captain Hardik Pandya have been in superb form with the bat. The middle order has been consistently amongst the runs for the GT side, including the likes of David Miller and Vijay Shankar, in particular. As far as their bowling goes, the experience of Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan, and Mohit Sharma has been vital for Gujarat in terms of picking up wickets at regular intervals while curtailing the flow of runs for the opposition teams.
SportsTiger Playing XI of GT
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Joshua Little (Potential Impact Substitute - Vijay Shankar for Joshua Little)
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings openers Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad have been delivering consistent results in this year’s tournament, which has allowed the middle order batters to play freely. The players like Ajinkya Rahane and Shivam Dube have benefited immensely right through the IPL from the quality starts provided at the top of the order. In the bowling department, the youngsters Tushar Deshpande, Matheesha Pathirana, and Maheesh Theekshana have been picking up most of the wickets for CSK, while the successful return of the experienced Deepak Chahar in recent matches is yet another good sign for the team management.
SportsTiger Playing XI of CSK
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana (Potential Impact Substitute - Matheesha Pathirana for Ambati Rayudu)
Gujarat Titans have to play the Qualifier 1 at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, but still, they have enough quality players in the side to defeat CSK at their home den on May 23 to reach the summit clash of the IPL.
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