Cricket News India – CSK vs GT: After two months of cut-throat competition & teams dedicatedly fighting for top spots, four teams have managed to fix a spot in the Playoffs & they are Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Titans & Lucknow Super Giants. The first Qualifier of the IPL 2023 will be played between two top teams of IPL 2023 i.e. Gujarat Titans & Chennai Super Kings. Both teams have been one of the best in the league so far & they have managed to qualify for the Playoff stage.
Coming to Chennai vs Gujarat head-to-head records, Gujarat has faced Chennai three times & has managed to win all three of them. They would aim to continue the same dominance over the ‘yellove army’ & emerge victorious over them. On the other hand, Chennai has a home advantage & they would try to yield its benefits by winning this fixture & qualifying for the Finals.
Gujarat Titans Preview
Hardik Pandya & his team are gleaming with confidence as they have managed to qualify for the second time for the Playoffs. Though they lost their key batter Kane Williamson in the first fixture of the IPL 2023, it doesn’t affect their campaign in the league stage. They have been leading the Points table & ahve maintained their stance by becoming the first team to qualify for the Playoffs.
Their bowling attack is their point of attraction & Pandya would aim to take inspiration from their stupendous record against CSK & book a spot in the finals by winning this fixture.
Wriddhiman Saha & Shubman Gill are the big positive for the Titans at the top order. The duo has managed to amass 800 runs between them. The pair would like to step up & deliver on this major occasion. Shubman Gill who has registered the record of posting two consecutive tons in IPL would aim to make a hat-trick in the crucial Qualifier 1. Coming to their middle order, Hardik Pandya, David Miller & Sai Sudarshan will amass crucial runs. While Tewatia, Dashin Shanaka & Rashid Khan adds more depth to their batting order.
In the bowling department. Mohammed Shami & Mohit Sharma would aim to grab early wickets in the powerplay overs. While Rashid Khan would aim to scalp wickets in the middle order & restrict CSK’s run flow. They would expect support from Noor Ahmed, Alzarri Joseph, & Hardik Pandya with the ball in hand. They should scalp early wickets to rattle Chennai’s batting order & don’t allow the Yellove Army to post a formidable total on board.
Chennai Super Kings Preview
The ‘Yellove Army’ who had a devastating season last year has taken a 360 turn in this season of IPL. Right from stable starts to terrific ends, Chennai has managed to grab 17 points in their kitty. On the back of their swashbuckling campaign, Chennai managed to book a place in the Playoffs.
Chennai have managed to book their playoff spot by defeating Delhi Capitals by 77 runs. The team is doing wonders with both bat & ball. They will try their best to take advantage of home conditions as we have witnessed Yellove Army flooding stadiums in almost every fixture of CSK. This season is special for CSK & its fans in every sense as this might be Dhoni’s last season in IPL.
In the batting department, Devon Conway & Ruturaj Gaikwad did a spectacular job at the top order. The duo has amassed 1100 runs at the top order. They would now aim to provide a good start & lay the foundation for Chennai’s win. In the middle-order, Shivam Dube & Ajinkya Rahane would aim to amass runs. Ravindra Jadeja & Dhoni would aim to provide CSK with a great finish & post a gigantic total on board. Moeen Ali & Rayudu would aim to get back to form & score runs in this crucial fixture.
In the bowling department, Deepak Chahar is their biggest bet as he would aim to provide major breakthroughs in the early overs. Tushar Despande is another found gem for CSK who will show his prowess by scalping wickets in the middle order. The side will expect Jadeja & Moeen to grab some wickets & help the key bowlers on their side. While Theekshana & Pathirana would aim to bowl tight overs in the death overs & restrict Titans from snatching the game away from them.
CSK vs GT: Predicted Playing XIs:
Hardik Pandya (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Mohit Sharma, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Noor Ahmad, Shubman Gill
Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Ambati Rayudu
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