Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1
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Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1 TATA IPL 2023: Can CSK Open Their Account Against GT?

Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1: The Defending champions, Gujarat Titans will aim for another spot in the final. Hardik and his men have been superb this season while the Yellow Army who hasn’t won a single game against GT will aim to open their account and enter yet another finals in this 16th edition of the Indian Premier League 2023 season.

Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1: With only four matches remaining in the TATA IPL 2023 season, the playoff fixtures have been revealed. GT was the first team to cement their spot in the playoff race.

Now the three teams Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians have qualified for the playoff race in this edition of the cash-rich league tournament. 

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Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1: Match Details

Match: Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1 TATA IPL 2023 

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai

Day and Date: Tuesday, 23rd May 2023 

Toss Timings: 7 PM IST and Local, 1.30 PM GMT 

Match Timings: 7.30 PM IST and Local, 2 PM GMT 

Live Streaming Apps: Disney+ Hotstar, JioTV and JioCinema. 

TV Channels: Star Sports – Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports Tamil, Star Sports Telugu, Star Sports Kannada, and Star Sports Bangla TV Live

Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1: Likely Playing XI of GT

Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Jayant Yadav and Alzarri Joseph.

Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1: Likely Playing XI of CSK

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(c and wk), Deepak Chahar, Matheesha Pathirana, Maheesh Theekshana and Tushar Deshpande.

Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1: Pitch Report

The pitch in Chennai offers turn and both the teams have good, quality spin bowlers in their playing XI. This contest will be a test for the batters and their art of playing spin. The Pacers will have some help at the start. However, the spinners will hold an edge over this match.

Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1: Weather Report

The climate forecast is good for this game. The weather report says that there will be no rain interruptions. 

Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1: Team’s Preview

The four-time champion side, Chennai Super Kings will take on the defending champions of this season, Gujarat Titans. CSK and GT had played the opening encounter of this season and that match was won by the Gujarat side.

The Yellow Army are playing at home and due to that they are termed as favourites to win this match and progress to the finals.

But CSK has a poor record against Hardik Pandya and his men as they are yet to win a game. The Titans were the newly appointed side last year and still, they have won all the matches against a supremo side of the Indian Premier League tournament.

CSK team
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Since 2022, GT and CSK have played 3 matches. CSK have won zero till now and this time they will aim to open their account against GT. 

The batters of the yellow army are in good knick and CSK’s main strength is the spin trio of Jaddu, Moen and Theekshana. However, their weakness is the pace bowling.

Even though Pathirana, Chahar and Deshpande have done decent jobs. Still, they have leaked runs at crucial junctures.

CSK will want their pacers to be on the money from the first delivery because GT is also a batting-heavy side and their batters can run away with the game. 

The Titans will eye for the direct final berth for the second back-to-back time. Their record against CSK is superior and that’s why Hardik and his men have an edge over the yellow army side despite not playing on their ground in Ahmedabad. Gill is in prime form and he also scored his second IPL century of this season.

Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1
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Still, there is a worry for the defending champions as Saha and Miller haven’t been too good for them and the lower order too didn’t get much chances. So they will depend on Subman Gill and Hardik Pandya in the batting department. 

The bowling has been good and there are no worries regarding that as Shami, Rashid and Noor Ahmad are in good form.

GT can pick Jayant Yadav in their playing XI because of the conditions in Chennai and that will make GT as a spin-heavy side as well.

Chennai Super Kings Vs Gujarat Titans Playoff 1: 11Sixes Fantasy Team

  • Batters – Ajinkya Rahane, David Miller and Ruturaj Gaikwad 

  • Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami and Moeen Ali  

  • All-rounders – Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya 

  • Wicket-keeper – MS Dhoni

  • Vice-captain – Deepak Chahar 

  • Captain – Shubman Gill

By: Kaushal Kowjalgi

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