Things come full circle, as CSK will face off against GT in the IPL 2023 finals & these were the 2 teams who kickstarted the IPL 2023 from the same Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. It remains to be seen whether MS Dhoni can make CSK lift the IPL trophy a fifth time, or Hardik Pandya is able to break CSK’s winning streak.
During the qualifier 2 match, Shubhman Gill completely obliterated Mumbai Indians by scoring 129 runs off of 60 balls, scoring his third century. Sai Sudharshan also managed to leave his mark in the match, Mohammad Shami & Mohit Sharma too wreaked havoc with the ball. Devon Conway & Ruturaj Gaikwad will make things tough for Gujarat, in the middle order & on the batter-friendly pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the middle order of CSK with Dhoni’s brain are very dangerous for GT.
During the last 4 matches that they have faced against each other, GT has won 3 matches while CSK has won 1.
Chennai Super Kings Playing 11:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (wk/c), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana
Gujarat Titans Playing 11:
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad is renowned for being batter friendly nature which should make the match ballistic as both the teams have strong-middle order batting line up which will make it a very tough fight.
With the results of the last 4 matches played between the 2 teams, the chances of GT winning the IPL trophy are higher. But CSK is not a team to be underestimated & can turn the tide of the match at any point. They have also reinvented themself in the last couple of matches & are fully ready to have a face-off against GT.
The toss winning team might choose to bat first as the pitch conditions are ideal for batsmen allowing for well-placed fast shots. This will also help the team to create a score which can be defended well against opposing team’s attack.