Defending champions Gujarat Lions take on MSD’s Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium for the inaugural match of the TATA IPL 2023 season.
Where to watch GT vs CSK
- Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings, 1st Match, IPL 2023
- Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
- Date & Time: Friday, March 31, 7:30 PM IST
- Telecast & Streaming Details: Star Sports Network and JioCinema
GT vs CSK Team News
GT will be hoping that their top 3 consisting of Shubman Gill, Kane Williamson and A Manohar can give them a good start. Pandya and Tewatia will be given the task of finishing the innings on a high.
With the exception of Mohammad Shami, the only other reputable pacer is the skipper himself. Pradeep Sangwan and Mohit Sharma are both veteran campaigners who have passed their prime.
The keeper’s slot will be another source of concern for GT. While Wriddhiman Saha was adequate as an opener last year, KS Bharat, who bats in the top order in the shortest format, is a better T20 option.
The sight of Ben Stokes at CSK will undoubtedly make the opposition nervous, but to the satisfaction of the Gujarat Titans, the England Test skipper may not bowl at all during the tournament’s early stages.
As a result, depending on whether the team bats first or second, he is an ideal option for ‘Impact Player,’ and Dhoni can consider playing three foreigners instead of four.
Devon Conway, Ben Stokes, and Moeen Ali appear to be the non-negotiable three starting in the playing eleven at this moment.
Much will depend on how well Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, and Dhoni do with the willow, as the Indian fast bowling pair of Deepak Chahar and Simarjeet Singh will have their work cut out for them.
GT vs CSK Pitch Report
Six of the ten T20I matches played at the venue have been won by the team batting first. The average first-innings score at the venue is 160, with India recording the highest total of 234/4 against New Zealand. The highest total chased at Narendra Modi Stadium in T20Is is 166, making it difficult for chasing teams. As a result, the captain who wins the toss will attempt to bat first and produce a massive total.
GT vs CSK Playing 11
Gujarat Titans expected playing 11:
A Manohar, Shubman Gill, Kane Williamson, HH Pandya(C), R Tewatia, MS Wade, Rashid Khan, Shivam Mavi, Alzarri Joseph, M Shami, Yash Dayal
Chennai Super Kings expected playing 11:
Devon Conway, AT Rayudu, RD Gaikwad, MM Ali, Ben Stokes, S Dubey, RA Jadeja, Dwaine Pretorius, MS Dhoni(C), DL Chahar, Simarjeet Singh
GT vs CSK Dream11 Team
Captain: Ruturaj Gaikwad
Vice-captain: Kane Williamson
Batters: Gaikwad, Williamson, Conway, Gill
All-rounders: Pandya, Jadeja, Stokes
Bowlers: Rashid, Shami, Chahar
Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni
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