It was Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the IPL 2023. The world’s largest capacity cricket stadium in Ahmedabad was buzzing on the last day of the financial year – 31st March 2023. There was Arijit Singh, Tamanna Bhatia and Rashmika Mandanna in the house dancing to the tunes of Nattu-Nattu! As far is the cricket was concerned, CSK Vs GT IPL Match turned out to be a relatively smooth chase for the hosts. Gujarat Titans beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets.
CSK opener, Ruturaj Gaekwad, played true to his potential, scoring 92 runs in 50 balls in the first innings. The stylish GT opener, Shubman Gill, played with flair to reach 63 in 36 balls. With meaningful contributions from Saha and Sai Sudarshan, GT ended up on the winning side by reaching the required score of 179 runs in the final over.
Result – Gujarat Titans Won by 5 Wickets
Toss – Gujarat Titans Won the Toss and Elected to Bowl
The habits and routine that you form over the two months feels like a good thing to come back to. Weather is pleasant, the air is buzzing, the players are ready, and the match is on!
Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans – the two teams that have specialized in proving cricket pundits wrong. MS Dhoni will be in the bright yellow corner. Hardik Pandya, who has taken to the Dhoni route of captaincy and his finishing, in the navy blue one.
CSK Vs GT IPL Match – Battle of the Giants
You never know with Dhoni, but this could well be his farewell IPL season. While for Hardik, a successful title defense could lead to his appointment as India’s future full-time white-ball captain.
As for the Gujarat Titans, their major issue last season was the absence of a reliable anchor – they had trialed Vijay Shankar and B Sai Sudharsan in that role. But now they have brought in Kane Williamson. Williamson’s presence could allow Hardik to come down the order. Titans’ bowling attack looks well up to mark. The arrival of Shivam Mavi and Josh Little – the first Ireland player to be picked in the IPL – strengthens them even further.
Toss and Impact Player Strategy
Gujarat Titans (Playing XI): Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya(c), Vijay Shankar. Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Joshua Little, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph.
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Ambati Rayudu. Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Rajvardhan Hangargekar.
Gujarat Titans Subs: B Sai Sudharsan, Jayant Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Abhinav Manohar, KS Bharat.
Chennai Super Kings Subs: Tushar Deshpande, Subhranshu Senapati, Shaik Rasheed, Ajinkya Rahane, Nishant Sindhu.
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