Indian Premier League is knocking at the doorstep! IPL 2023 is arriving with a lot of excitement and expectations among all cricket lovers around the world. Last year we saw two new teams added to the previous eight teams- Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super giant. Both new teams are led by our Indian cricket, Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul. We saw Gujarat lift the trophy last year. The BCCI has scheduled the first match between the Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings this year. How will the match be of Chennai vs Gujarat? Let us look at the predictions.
After the great success of IPL 2022, Gujarat is now more confident with their motivations and positivity among the cricketers. In the last season, the matches of Chennai vs Gujarat were so amazing to witness. Almost all the players belonging to those two teams played brilliantly. Supporters were also becoming happy seeing their favourite players scoring well.
This year, the excitement is overloaded about the opening match of IPL. Although we know BCCI has increased the budget of the tournament, and the teams have also spent more to build a better and stronger team than the last season, all of them are optimistic regarding the IPL 2023. Chennai is missing from that list even.
Chennai vs Gujarat: Match predictions
Like any other match, Chennai vs Gujarat is also very unpredictable. Due to the almost equal strength of both the two teams, this encounter ensures to be very engaging. Every IPL team expects to have a perfect winning start, and both teams will give this encounter their all-in order to get their first points. In the IPL 2023 auctions, both sides made some wise decisions.
The Chennai vs Gujarat match has been fixed for Friday, 31st March 2023, 07:30 PM (IST) – 02:00 PM (GMT). The venue for the match is Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. If we talk about the field, this is a batting field; a total of 10 matches have been played here; of those, six matches have been won by the team batting first, and five matches have been won by the team bowling first. This throw has an average score of 160. After winning the coin, it would be wise to bat first.
Gujarat Titans:(expected playing 11)
Hardik Pandya(C), Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Alzarri Joseph, Matthew Wade, Kane Williamson, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
Chennai Super Kings:(expected playing 11)
MS Dhoni(C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ben Stokes, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwaine Pretorius, Deepak Chahar, Simarjeet- Singh, Tushar Deshpande
Here are the head-to-head statistics between Chennai and Gujarat in the last season of the Indian Premier League. Both the teams have faced each other twice in the league stage matches.
|Matches Won by Chennai Super Kings||0|
|Matches Won by Gujarat Titans||2|
|Matches Lost by Chennai Super Kings||2|
|Matches Lost by Gujarat Titans||0|
|Highest Score by Chennai Super Kings||169|
|Highest Score by Gujarat Titans||170|
|Lowest Score by Chennai Super Kings||133|
|Lowest Score by Gujarat Titans||137|
Overall, if we look at the entire scenario, the ground is the home ground for the Hardik army, and they have played more matches over here than the other teams. So, it might be a plus point for them. Gujarat has several big-hitting batters like Kane Williamson, Rahul Tewatia, Shubman Gill, and the skipper himself, Hardik Pandya. So, in Chennai vs Gujarat match, if the opposition offers loose balls, the Titans will surely hit bigger than they have shown. The bowling lineup is also strong, as Rashid Khan, Md Shami, and Matthew Wade are present there. Hardik is also well to the ball.
On the other hand, CSK is also adjustable in any pitch, as we have seen in the previous seasons. Chennai has Ben stokes this year. Besides, as usual, they have strong batting orders like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambatri Rayudu, Jadeja, and Dhoni himself. Deepak Chahar, Dwaine Pretorius, and Ravindra Jadeja might take the bowling lead.
Moreover, both the teams have signed new players, and even they have a maximum of experienced players also. So, any sudden performances from any of the players can also hit the match anytime.
However, all the analyses and criteria support that in the match of Chennai vs Gujarat, Gujarat may start this season too, winning their first match against Chennai Superkings.