The wait is over, and the world’s most popular T20 league has begun. The Gujarat Titans, who stunned everyone by winning the tournament in their inaugural season in 2022, will face the Chennai Super Kings in the opening game of the Indian Premier League 2023. The defending champions have kept their core team from last season and will look to get off to a strong start this season.
Last year, the Gujarat Titans won both games against the Chennai Super Kings, which will boost their confidence. The Titans will be cheered on as they play on their home turf. The Chennai Super Kings aren’t easy to beat and have been the tournament’s most consistent team. With both teams desperate for a victory, we anticipate a close battle between the bat and the ball.
The 1st Match between Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings will take place on March 31st, 2023 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
Match Details to Note
Match: Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings, 1st Match, Indian Premier League 2023
Date: March 31, 2023 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Hardik Pandya enjoys leading from the front and hopes to do so again in this game. Last season, the team had a fantastic run in which their players stepped up when the team needed it the most. Pandya will take inspiration from this. They are up against a strong group of players, and the Titans’ coach would like his team to start the tournament on a high note by winning the first game.
Last season, Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill formed a strong opening combination, and the team will expect a strong performance from them. Rahul Tewatia is a reliable striker who will look to contribute runs down the order alongside Rashid Khan.
Mohammad Shami and Yash Dayal did well with the new ball last season, and the team expects a similar performance from them in this game. Rashid Khan is the team’s key bowler, and his performance in the middle overs will be crucial. For the team to win, Pandya, Alzarri Joseph, and Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore must perform admirably in supporting roles.
Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharsan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande, Jayant Yadav, R. Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Kane Williamson, Odean Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma
Players to watch out for:
The top order batter will be looking to add to his four half-centuries from last year’s tournament after scoring 483 runs in the 2022 IPL.
Only three batters scored more runs in last year’s competition than Gujarat Titans captain. He also contributed eight wickets and has been in superb form over the last 18 months.
Last year, the Afghanistan leg-spinner was not always at his best, but he still took 19 wickets. His recent international and franchise league performances have been outstanding.
Possible Playing XI:
Hardik Pandya (c), Matthew Wade, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal
Last year, MS Dhoni’s team made headlines for the wrong reasons, finishing 9th on the points table, their worst season ever. Dhoni, a seasoned battler, will look to motivate his team. They must perfect the playing combination, which was one of the team’s issues last season.
Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad will be key batsmen for the team, and they must get off to a good start. They had performed admirably in the previous games. The middle order is full of experienced players, including Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, and Ben Stokes. This batting lineup is bolstered by Dhoni, Shivam Dube, and Ravindra Jadeja.
Deepak Chahar, who opens the bowling with Rajvardhan Hangargekar, must get early breakthroughs for the team. Because the Titans have good strikers, Mitchell Santner and Shivam Dube must bowl tight spells in the middle overs. Moeen Ali, Jadeja, and Strokes round out the Super Kings’ balanced attack.
MS Dhoni (c), Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Chowdhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Deepak Chahar, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Sisanda Magala, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Varma
Players to watch out for:
The left-handed big-hitting batter is a natural hitter. He has over 3000 T20 runs to his name and will concentrate on his batting in this tournament.
After scoring 635 runs in the 2021 IPL, the right-hander hit a top score of 99 not out in the 2022 tournament, one of three 50+ scores.
Due to a back injury, the right-arm fast bowler missed the entire 2021 season but has since returned to the India squad.
Possible Playing XI:
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ambati Rayudu, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings Head to Head
Gujarat Titans won both group stage matches last year, winning by three wickets in Pune and seven wickets in Mumbai.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings Head to Head Stats in IPL
|Matches Played||GT Won||CSK Won||Tie||NR|
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings Toss Prediction
It’s not a high-scoring venue, but bowlers have always had a chance on it. Setting up scores on this track can be difficult, as we have seen sides win when they have a target score in mind. In this game, the team that wins the toss would gladly invite the opposing team to bat first.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings Pitch Report
Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium has a flat surface and a fast outfield. Batsmen have performed admirably, though the wicket’s dual-paced nature may surprise them. On this surface, fast bowlers must rely on their variations to earn rewards. As the ball turns and stops on the batsmen, spinners benefit greatly from the surface.
On March 31, the skies will be clear over Ahmedabad, and the evening will be warm and humid. Batsmen must be cautious because the wicket is two-paced. The conditions at this venue are ideal for spinners. The team that bats first in this game will be pleased with 180 runs.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings Prediction
We’re in for a great game, with both teams looking to get off to a fast start. The Chennai Super Kings must put last year’s disappointments behind them and play with a clear mind. The Gujarat Titans will be confident after their performance in the previous edition. They have a strong batting lineup and play their games at home. It gives them a slight advantage in the competition. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Gujarat Titans is the favourite to beat Chennai Super Kings at the odds of 1.82.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Shubman Gill has been in excellent international form so far in 2023, and we expect the opener to be Gujarat Titans’ leading run scorer against Chennai Super Kings.