IPL Qualifier 1
Stadium: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
23 May 2023
Playing in their first qualifier of the season Chennai Super Kings will welcome Gujarat Titans at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 23rd May. The winning team will go into the finals with a win. Who will win this game?Get Your Registration Bonus!
The Gujarat Titans have displayed exceptional performance, proving that their debut season victory was not a mere coincidence. As the first team to secure a spot in the playoffs, they comfortably clinched the top position in the table by winning 10 out of their 14 group-stage matches.
Shubhman Gill has been in outstanding form this season, emerging as the leading run-scorer for the team. With a total of 680 runs, including consecutive centuries in the last two matches and four half-centuries, he will once again partner with Wriddhiman Saha as the opening batsman.
However, Saha has struggled to find his rhythm with the bat. The same can be said for David Miller and Hardik Pandya, who have shown glimpses of brilliance but lacked consistency. In contrast, Vijay Shankar has been a dependable middle-order batsman, registering three half-centuries in nine innings.
Undoubtedly, GT's batting heavily relies on the exceptional form of Gill, making it unwise to underestimate his capabilities.
The Gujarat Titans' bowling department has been a standout feature of their campaign this season. Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan currently lead the charts as the top two wicket-takers, showcasing their prime form. While Mohit Sharma has been slightly expensive, he possesses the ability to claim crucial wickets when needed.
Shami has proven his proficiency in exploiting the movement with the new ball, although he can be expensive on pitches that offer little assistance. Considering the Chennai pitch, where minimal assistance is expected, he might face challenges against Gaikwad and Conway.
Noor Ahmad has demonstrated impressive growth throughout the season and will play a crucial role in the upcoming match.
The Gujarat Titans have exhibited remarkable adaptability and versatility, adjusting their strategies according to the prevailing conditions. Boasting a well-rounded squad with few weaknesses, they are prepared to make necessary changes as per the demands of the game.
Gujarat Titans Predicted Lineup
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Dasun Shanaka, Mohit Sharma, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad
Chennai Super Kings
With a victory over the Delhi Capitals in their last group stage match, the Chennai Super Kings secured the second position, securing their 12th entry into the playoffs, a record in itself. Playing on their home ground, CSK has a significant opportunity to secure direct entry into the Finals.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway have been exceptional at the top of the batting order, emerging as the top two run-scorers for the team this season. Their objective will be to provide another strong start for the team. Additionally, CSK boasts a solid middle-order with Shivam Dube and Ajinkya Rahane displaying good form.
The ability of Shivam Dube to hit sixes allows CSK to mount an aggressive attack during the middle overs, pushing their score beyond par. His battle against Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed could prove crucial.
Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja add depth to the batting lineup, while MS Dhoni's renowned finishing skills are a valuable asset. The bowling unit has performed well in terms of picking up wickets, but they have been expensive on several occasions.
Tushar Deshpande leads the team in wickets with 20 dismissals but has conceded runs at a high economy rate. Similarly, Deepak Chahar has also leaked runs. Ravindra Jadeja and Matheesha Pathirana have been effective in restricting the batsmen and will play a significant role in this match.
CSK acknowledges that their bowling attack is relatively weaker than desired. Thus, Dhoni has been resourceful in managing his bowlers thus far. Under pressure, this bowling unit may face challenges. A spin-friendly surface, where bowlers have more room for error, is expected to benefit CSK more than a flat batting track.
Chennai Super Kings Predicted Lineup
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (wk/c), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana
Expert betting tips
As the season has progressed, the pitch at the Chepauk Stadium has gradually slowed down, posing a challenge for batsmen to score runs. The surface is flat with minimal grass, requiring seamers to maintain discipline. The pitch offers a good grip for spinners, allowing them to thrive. A target of approximately 170 runs is considered par on this pitch. The weather forecast indicates warm and humid conditions, raising the possibility of dew affecting the game in the second innings. We expect CSK to win at home.