Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Gujarat Titans are meeting four-time winners Chennai Super Kings in their first game with an ongoing winning record since the 2022 season. GT made its IPL debut in 2022. They won the crown in their first attempt. Hardik Pandya’s side comfortably won both games against MS Dhoni’s CSK side. Hardik and the team will carry that confidence into Friday’s opening game of IPL 2023 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Head-to-head history of CSK Vs GT
CSK batted first, scoring 169/5, with first scorer Ruturaj Gaikwad leading the scorer with 73 from 48 with five sixes and five fours. Ambati Rayudu contributed 46 from 31 and captain Ravindra Jadeja scored 22 from 12. overall proved to be too few for the Titans. However, David Miller hit a brilliant 51-ball 94 no-outs with six sixes and eight fours to lead the pursuit. All-rounder Rashid Khan hit 40 for 21 balls to help GT Rally go from 87 for 5 to win the game by one ball.
The second duel between the two sides took place on May 15, 2022, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Ruturaj Gaikwad hit fifty again, 53 from 49 balls. But the MS Dhoni side was limited to 133 for 5 in 20 overs. Narayan Jagadeesan the other significant scorer not missing with 39. Mohammed Shami was the Titans bowler’s choice and claimed 2/19 in 4 overs. Wriddhiman Saha hit a brilliant 67 in 57 balls to lead the Titans’ chase. He has done it with Matthew Wade scoring 20. Hardik Pandya’s side won the game by 7 wickets and 5 balls to go.
Can Hardik Pandya complete a hat-trick of wins against MS Dhonis CSK on Friday night (March 31), or will the ‘Yellow Brigade start IPL 2023 with a surprise win? Only time can tell.