The league phase is over and we are ready for the playoffs in the Indian Premier League 2023. The defending champions Gujarat Titans, who finished at the top of the points table, would face Chennai Super Kings. Both teams have their key players in good shape, especially with the bat, and we expect to see a close contest with the two best sides battling it out.
Gujarat Titans have a clean record against Chennai Super Kings. They have won the last three matches between the two teams and will look to build on this record. Chennai Super Kings is a different team when playing on this ground. They know the conditions well and will seek to make the most of them. As the top two teams in the tournament square off, we expect some high-octane competition.
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Hardik Pandya and his men can be proud of the campaign so far. They lost their key hitter, Kane Williamson, to injury in the first game of the season, but they didn’t let it put them under pressure. They took the lead in the points table early and have held it ever since. The bowling attack adds an X factor to the side, and Pandya would like to take inspiration from his spotless record against CSK and book a place in the final, winning this game.
Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill have given positive starts to the side, with close to 800 runs between them. The couple would like to establish a solid platform. Pandya, Sai Sudarshan and David Miller have all played match-winning games in the middle order. They will have an important role in the middle order. Rahul Tewatia, Dasun Shanaka and Rashid Khan add firepower to the hit.
The Titans have had the most consistent bowling attack in the tournament. They will like the first goals from Mohammad Shami and Mohit Sharma as CSK draw their strength from their first goals. Rashid Khan has been in his prime this season, and he must upset the hitters for the team to win.. They’ll also expect a good show in supporting roles from Noor Ahmed, Pandya and Alzarri Joseph, given the kind of depth their opponents have with the bat.
best hitter – Shubman Gill
top bowler – Rashid Khan
Gujarat Titans Predicted Playing XI:
Hardik Pandya (c), Wriddhiman Saha (week), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Mohit Sharma, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Noor Ahmad, Shubman Gill (impact player)
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The Super Kings come here with a huge 77-run win against the Delhi Capitals. The full-back has not been consistent on the ball and has relied on his batsmen to accompany them in games. They play at home, and MS Dhoni would look to make the most of home field advantage and crowd support. It will be a great test for his bowlers in this game, and Dhoni would like to see his bowlers deliver a knockout.
Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad have had a brilliant season, with close to 1100 races between the pair. The onus would fall on them to offer a good start. Shivam Dube and Ajinkya Rahane should hit well in the middle order. Ravindra Jadeja is enjoying a good tournament with the bat, adding to the firepower in the order with Moeen Ali and Dhoni.
Deepak Chahar has looked good and should get early breakthroughs together with Tushar Deshpande to put GT on the table. Jadeja and Moeen Ali have vast experience, but they have not been consistent. The side will need a strong show from the pair in the middle overs. Matheesha Pathirana and Maheesh Theekshana need to keep the pressure on the Titans and not let them get away with the game.
best hitter –Devon Conway
top bowler -Deepak Chahar
Chennai Super Kings Predicted Play XI:
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 (impact player)
Skies over Chennai should be mostly clear on May 23, but we have seen tricky batting conditions. Bowlers have found a lot of help on this surface in recent games, and batsmen need to play the ball on its merits to do it well. The side that bats first here would be happy with a score of 180 runs.
The MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai balances it between batsmen and bowlers. The ball stops with the hitters and the spinners have enjoyed a good record. Fast bowlers reap good rewards with the new ball, but we’ve also seen batsmen achieve good scores once they set their sights on it.
Only once in the last five games has a team successfully defended the score in Chennai. The wicket slows down in the second half, making things difficult for the batsmen. It will be a high-pressure contest, and both captains would like to play it safe by opting to pitch first at this lane.
Chennai Super Kings would need a great show from their bowlers to win this game. They are level with the Gujarat Titans with the bat but their bowlers have been inconsistent and have to play a key role for them to win. The Gujarat Titans have used their resources well. Their pitchers have rattled hitters and the Top 5 have scored runs. Although we expect this game to play out, it is to the advantage of the Titans.
Gujarat Titans to win
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