IPL 2023

Qualifier 1, GT Vs CSK Preview: Gujarat Titans face challenge of unknown at fortress Chepauk

Saurabh Anand

May 22 2023
Qualifier 1, GT Vs CSK Preview: Gujarat Titans face challenge of unknown at fortress Chepauk

GT Vs CSK Preview: Gujarat Titans have a 100% record against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.

Chepauk will host an interesting contrast on Tuesday night. Defending champions Gujarat Titans will take on Chennai Super Kings in the qualifier one encounter. Will this be the end of MS Dhoni’s playing career at Chepauk? This will also remain the biggest talking point along with the battle between the top 2 teams in the IPL 2023. Chennai Super Kings will have to make a clear-cut strategy on Titans’ in-form opener Shubman Gill. Gill has been in brilliant form this season with two centuries. Gill may have a challenge as Chennai spinners are aware of the lengths at Chepauk. Chennai has been a spin-friendly ground and Gill will have a challenge in front of him in Ravindra Jadeja, Maheesh Theekshana, and Moeen Ali. Gill also have to be cautious about Deepak Chahar’s early movement. Chahar has been slowly gaining back his rhythm with the new ball. If Chahar manages to get the Titans two-three down early in the power play, Chennai will have control against Titans inconsistent middle order. 

Both these teams have an opening combination that is working mostly for them. Titans with Wriddhiman Saha and Chennai with Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway. Ruturaj and Conway, both have scored above 500 runs this season along with cameos in the middle from Shivam Dube, and Ajinkya Rahane. It’s not just about CSK’s bowling but the Titans also have got great options. Rashid Khan (24 wickets) and Mohammed Shami (24 wickets) are challenging each other for the purple cap and have picked up 48 wickets combined. Along with Rashid, Noor Ahmed has also worked as a wizard this season. Titans will bank on their three names at Chepauk. Rashid, Noor, and Gill hold the key for the Titans in their quest for a second consecutive title. MS Dhoni will remain the talking point along with Shubman Gill in this important encounter. Chennai have not won a single game against Gujarat Titans in Indian Premier League. 

CSK vs GT Pitch Report:

Chennai is a spin-friendly wicket, Titans and Chennai have been a dominating side with their spin bowling attack. Chennai have offered a good amount of high-scoring games and teams have challenged 200 plus total nicely on Chepauk’s wicket. There are expectations that the wicket will be a typically Chepauk dry surface. 

CSK vs GT Team News:

Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings have a dominating run in the league round and they did not tinker much with their playing eleven. Deepak Chahar’s comeback has made CSK a potent bowling attack once again. Just like Chennai, a new entry in the IPL Gujarat Titans are also known for giving their players longer runs. Titans will not be making many changes as there are no forced changes or injuries. 

CSK vs GT Head to Head:

Matches: 3

Gujarat Titans wins: 3

Chennai Super Kings wins: 0

No result: 0

CSK vs GT: Players to watch out for:

Gujarat Titans – Shubman Gill 

Gujarat Titans opener Shubman Gill is the second leading run-scorer in this season. Gill with a brilliant century knocked down Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy. Shubman Gill has scored 680 in 14 innings with 2 centuries in the IPL 2023. He has emerged as one of the biggest match winners of this season. Gill is providing power to Titans along with his opening partner and keeper Wriddhiman Saha. He will have an important factor in qualifier one against Chennai Super Kings. CSK will have to be cautious against Shubman Gill. 

Chennai Super Kings – Devon Conway 

Left-hand opening batter Devon Conway is amongst the top 5 leading run-scorers of this season. Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad both have been providing great starts to CSK in the IPL 2023. Devon Conway has scored 585 runs for Chennai in 13 innings with 6 half-centuries. He will have an important role to play against Mohammed Shami. Conway looks comfortable against spinners and will prove a crucial figure in Chennai’s batting order against Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed. 

CSK vs GT Predicted playing XI 

Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya ©, Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmed, Mohit Sharma & Vijay Shankar as Impact player. 

Chennai Super Kings: Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, & Matheesa Pathirana as Impact player. 

CSK vs GT Match facts

Chennai Super Kings are yet to open their account against Gujarat Titans. They have played 3 games and have lost all 3. 

Shubman Gill will have an opportunity to snatch the orange cap from RCB captain Faf du Plessis. 

Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan are in a tussle for the purple cap, Shami is currently the purple cap holder with 24 wickets, and Rashid is 2nd with 14 wickets. 

CSK vs GT Live Broadcast 

IND: Star Sports (TV), Jio Cinema (Online stream)UK: DAZN, Sky Sports

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