- In their previous encounters with Gujarat Titans, Chennai Super Kings has suffered three losses.
- Rashid Khan and Mohammad Shami, two bowlers for the Gujarat Titans, have taken the most wickets so far this year.
- Gujarat Titans’ middle order is strong, whereas CSK has relied on their openers to win games.
Gujarat Titans (GT), the defending champions, finished first in the Indian Premier League 2023 points standings after winning ten of their 14 games during the league season. On the other hand, the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made a spectacular comeback in the league this time around, finishing second on the rankings after placing ninth the previous year. On May 23, both of these teams will meet each other at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The winner of this match will go to the finals, while the losing team will play in the second qualifier in order to compete in the final match for the championship.
It’s interesting to note that during the competition’s existence, Chennai, a four-time champion, has never defeated GT. But because MS Dhoni is regarded as a master of this format, it will be fascinating to watch Dhoni’s strategy in the upcoming match. He should also be mindful of Shubman Gill, who in the meantime managed to score two consecutive century in the current competition. Rashid Khan and Mohammed Shami are also in outstanding form with the ball. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, and Shivam Dube will have to shoulder a lot of burden with the bat, therefore CSK may find it challenging.
GT Vs CSK Head To Head:
In previous encounters, Gujarat Titans have a 3-0 lead over Chennai Super Kings. When the Titans made their IPL debut the previous year, they twice defeated CSK. In the third meeting between the two teams in the IPL 2023 season opener, GT once more prevailed.
While defending a target, CSK has lost all three games to GT. If MS Dhoni wins the toss at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, it will be interesting to see if he decides to bat first once more.
Having said that, let us take a closer look at their past 5 meetings
GT Vs CSK Last 3 Encounters:
31-Mar-2023: Gujarat Titans won by 5 wickets
17-Apr-2022: Gujarat Titans won by 3 Wickets
15-May-2022: Gujarat Titans won by 7 Wickets
Expected Top Performers For GT And CSK:
Probable Best Batsman
Incredible form characterizes the young Indian opener, Shubman Gill, at present. With an impressive tally of 680 runs in 14 matches, he currently holds the second position in the IPL Orange Cap race. Gill’s contribution to GT’s batting unit has been invaluable, and the team relies on him to continue aiding their success.
Probable Best Bowler:
Rashid Khan emerges as a very dangerous player in the middle overs given the expected support for spinners from the pitch. The Afghan spinner is already second in the race for the IPL Purple Cap after taking 24 wickets so far in the competition.
Additional Stats Of GT And CSK:
GT highest score against CSK: 182
CSK highest score against GT: 178
Most Runs for GT: 109 (David Miller)
Most Runs for CSK: 218 (Ruturaj Gaikwad)
Most Wickets for GT: 5 (Alzzari Joseph & Mohammed Shami)
Most Wickets for CSK: 3 (Rajvardhan Hangargekar)
Most Catches for GT: 4 (Wriddhiman Saha)
Most Catches for CSK: 3 (Shivam Dube)
Lowest total defended by GT against CSK: 137
Lowest total defended by CSK against GT: 133
Chennai Super Kings will largely rely on a dominant bowling effort from their squad to win this match. While their batting is comparable to that of the Gujarat Titans, their bowlers’ unpredictability needs to be addressed because they are so important in order to win this match.
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The Gujarat Titans, on the other hand, have efficiently used the resources at their disposal. Their top five batsmen have consistently contributed with runs, while their bowlers have shown to be a significant obstacle for the rival batsmen. The Titans currently have the upper hand even though it is expected that this game will be closely contested.