Gujarat Titans (GT) finished first in the Indian Premier League 2023 points standings after winning ten of 14 matches during the league season. On the other side, after placing ninth last year, MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) staged a stunning return in the league this year, finishing second. Next, on May 23, both of these teams will meet off at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, with the winner qualifying for the finals and the losing team having to compete in the second qualifier to reach the top battle.
Interestingly, the four-time champions Chennai have never defeated GT in the competition’s history. However, MS Dhoni is regarded as a master of this format, and it would be intriguing to observe Dhoni’s strategies in the forthcoming game. Meanwhile, he should be mindful of Shubman Gill, who has two back-to-back centuries in the present race. Furthermore, Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan are both in excellent form with the ball. Thus, CSK may struggle since Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, and Shivam Dube will have to shoulder a lot of responsibility with the bat.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings, Qualifier 1, IPL 2023
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 23, 7:30 PM IST
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Pitch Report: With each passing game, the MA Chidambaram Stadium’s surface becomes slower. As a result, the coin toss is critical. Batting first is preferable, but because GT has a very strong bowling attack that can defend any total, they can also choose to bowl first. On this surface, anything above 170 will be an excellent total.
GT vs CSK Probable Playing XIs:
Gujarat Titans (GT):
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Dasun Shanaka, Mohit Sharma, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad
Chennai Super Kings (CSK):
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (wk/c), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana