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Toss Winner - Gujarat Titans won the toss and chose to bowl first
Gujarat Titans beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets
Gujarat Titans' hunt for a perfect start in their title defense
Gujarat Titans to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium Ground A, Motera, Ahmedabad, India | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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The wait is over, and the world's most widely followed T20 league begins. The Gujarat Titans, who surprised everyone by winning the tournament in their debut season in 2022, will take on the Chennai Super Kings in the first game of the Indian Premier League 2023. The defending champions have retained the core team from the last season and will look to make a strong start to the season.
Gujarat Titans won both games against the Chennai Super Kings last year, and it will add to the side's confidence. Titans play at their home ground and shall have the crowds behind them. The Chennai Super Kings aren't a pushover and have been the most consistent side in the tournament. With both teams looking for a win, we expect a close contest between the bat and the ball.
Hardik Pandya likes leading from the front and would aim to do the same in this game. The side had a dream run last season where their players contributed when the side needed it. Pandya will look to draw inspiration from that. They are up against a strong group of players, and the Titans' skipper would like his team to start the tournament with a win and set the ball rolling.
Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill formed a strong opening combination last season, and the side will like a strong show from them. . Rahul Tewatia is a clean striker and will look to add runs down the order with Rashid Khan.
Mohammad Shami and Yash Dayal did a good job last season with the new ball, and the side will expect to see a good show from them in this game. Rashid Khan is the key bowler for the side, and his spell in the middle overs will be important for the team. Pandya, Alzarri Joseph, and Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore must deliver the goods in the supporting role for the side to win.
Top Batsman – Shubman Gill
Top Bowler – Rashid Khan
Hardik Pandya (c), Matthew Wade, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal
Shubman Gill, Joshua Little, Vijay Shankar, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Yash Dayal, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Kane Williamson, WP Saha
MS Dhoni's side made headlines for the wrong reasons last year and finished 9th on the points table, the worst season ever for the two-time champions. Dhoni, who is a veteran of many battles, shall look to inspire his team. They need to get the playing combination right which was one of the problems for the side last season.
Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad will be key players with the bat, and the side needs a good start from them. They had done well in the last few games. The middle order has experienced players, and the team will expect Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, and Ben Stokes. Dhoni, Shivam Dube, and Ravindra Jadeja add firepower to this batting line-up.
Deepak Chahar must get early breakthroughs for the side as he opens the bowling with Rajvardhan Hangargekar. Mitchell Santner and Shivam Dube must bowl tight spells in the middle overs, as the Titans have good strikers in the side. Moeen Ali, Jadeja, and Strokes complete a balanced attack for the Super Kings.
Top Batsman – Ruturaj Gaikwad
Top Bowler – Deepak Chahar
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ambati Rayudu, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar
Ben Stokes, Shivam Dube, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Devon Conway, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Rajvardhan Hangargekar
The skies will be clear over Ahmedabad on March 31, and we expect to see a warm and humid evening. The wicket is two-paced, and batsmen must be watchful. Spinners enjoy the conditions at this venue. The side batting first in this game will be happy to have 180 runs.
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, has a flat surface and a fast outfield. Batsmen have done well though the wicket can surprise them with its dual-paced nature. Fast bowlers must rely on their variations to earn rewards on this surface. Spinners get a lot from the surface as the ball turns and stops on the batsmen.
It isn't a high-scoring venue, and bowlers have always had a chance on this surface. Setting up scores can be challenging on this track, as we have seen sides winning when they have a target score in mind. The side winning the toss in this game would happily invite the opponent to bat first.
We are likely to see a cracker of a contest, with both teams looking for a good start. The Chennai Super Kings must leave the sad memories of last year behind them and play with a fresh mind. The Gujarat Titans will come here with confidence after their show in the last edition. They have a strong batting line-up and play at home. It gives them a slight edge in the contest.
Gujarat Titans to win
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