My ‘today IPL match prediction’ focuses on the opening game of IPL 2023 between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings. Gujarat Titans are the defending champions. Chennai Super Kings who have won the IPL four times finished second-last in IPL 2022. I favour Gujarat Titans to win this game with the backing of home supporters.
However, Gujarat Titans cannot take it easy against a Chennai Super Kings side with a strong core of experienced players. Moreover, this will probably be MS Dhoni’s last IPL season as a player. He would want to depart on a positive note. As a sports enthusiast, I will watch this match with great interest. The outcome of this game could have a bearing on which teams will reach the knockouts.
|Match||Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings|
|Where||Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, Gujarat|
|When||31 March 2023|
|Start Time||19:30 IST|
Who will Win Today's IPL Match?
- Gujrat Titans
- Chennai Super Kings
- Gujrat Titans
- Chennai Super Kings
GT vs CSK: Prediction & Tips
In my Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings prediction article, I predict which players will feature in the respective playing elevens. I also name the players that are likely to impress most. In the next part of my ‘today match prediction astrology’, I present my IPL toss prediction for the game between GT and CSK. I go on to name the batter that will make the most runs in the match. I also predict which bowler will take the most wickets. I have given my IPL predictions 2023 to help my readers to place bets at the best IPL betting sites.
GT Team Review
GT would want to field their best playing eleven to combat CSK. Wriddhiman Saha will keep wickets and open the innings with Shubman Gill. Williamson, GT’s prize acquisition in the IPL auction, will come in at number three. Skipper Hardik Pandya will continue to revel in his top order batting role at number four. Miller and Tewatia will surely occupy numbers five and six in any random order, depending on who will play the finisher’s role. Rashid Khan will be the last recognised batter at number seven. R Sai Kishore at eight will form a spin duo with Khan in the bowling attack. Seamers Alzarri Joseph, Shami and Yash Dayal will complete the playing eleven.
Below is their latest Performance:
CSK Team Review
CSK broke the bank for Stokes at the IPL auction. They could use the left-hander to open the innings with Ruturaj Gaikwad. Rayudu, Moeen Ali and Jadeja could follow in the order. Considering that he is no longer the great finisher he used to be, Dhoni could play at number four. Pretorius is another all-rounder at CSK’s disposal to use as a finisher. Shivam Dube, Chahar, Theekshana and Mukesh Choudhary will complete the eleven. This team has a surfeit of all-rounders and variety in bowling. However, it lacks a tearaway paceman.
Below is their Recent Performance:
GT vs CSK Head-to-head
GT and PBKS have played two IPL games against each other. The head-to-head comparison between the sides is dominated by GT. GT beat CSK in both the matches they played against the former champions in IPL 2022. GT won the first match on 17 April in Pune’s MCA International Stadium by 3 wickets. They then went to win the second game on 17 May in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
GT vs CSK Last Meeting
The two sides last met in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on 15 May 2022. CSK won the toss and elected to bat.
CSK lost an early wicket when Devon Conway was out in the third over with the scorecard reading 8/1. Then Moeen Ali got together with Ruturaj Gaikwad in a 57- run stand before Ali was dismissed in the ninth over. Run making was not easy and when Ruturaj Gaikwad got out on the last ball of the 16th over, the scorecard read 113/3. After Shivam Dubey departed in the next over, CSK struggled to make the most of the death overs and ended up with a modest score of 133/5.
Gaikwad was CSK’s top scorer, making 53 from 47 balls. For GT, Md Shami took the most wickets, returning figures of 2/19.
In their reply, GT got off to a flyer. Openers Gill and Saha put on 59 for the first wicket before Gill was dismissed in the 8th over. The in-form Saha continued the good work in the company of Matthew Wade. A couple of wickets reduced the score to 100/3 in the 14th over. GT knocked off the remaining runs without further loss of wickets, with 5 balls to spare. Top scorer Saha remained unbeaten on 67 made from 57 balls. For CSK, Matheesha Pathirana was the most successful bowler, taking 2 wickets for 24.
Players to look out for
GT will depend on opener Shubman Gill to lead the batting charge. I expect Gill to continue his brilliant form in international cricket. Skipper Hardik Pandya will be a key player for the defending champions with bat and ball alike. Adding to his ability to provide the breakthrough with the ball, Pandya’s explosive batting will determine whether GT can put runs on the board when it counts. Rashid Khan could prove the X-factor with his frugal wicket-taking bowling and his proven ability as a six-hitting batsman.
CSK’s lack of an express fast bowler is obvious. However, the all-rounder trio of Moeen Ali, Stokes and Jadeja could more than compensate for the lack. This is a team with a strong core. While this could be Dhoni’s last IPL season as a player, he is a member of the experienced core. The core includes Gaikwad, Rayudu, Moeen Ali and Jadeja. Add Stokes to the mix and you have a heady combination. Gaikwad has been in brilliant form in the domestic season. If he can carry that form into the IPL, he could prove key to CSK’s form.
It’s now time for my IPL toss prediction. I predict that GT will win the toss. CSK won the toss in their last meeting in IPL 2022. I expect the law of averages to favour GT this time around.
Shubman Gill has been in brilliant form for India in white ball cricket. I expect the GT opener to carry that form into the IPL. I predict that he will be the highest scorer of the upcoming game between GT and CSK.
Highest wicket taker
Rashid Khan has the ability to take wickets with his guile and experience. I predict that the Afghan all-rounder will grab the most wickets in the upcoming game.
Highest sixes hitter
GT skipper Hardik Pandya has earned a reputation for hitting sixes in all forms of cricket. My money is on GT skipper Hardik Pandya to hit the most sixes in his team’s upcoming match versus CSK.
Most economical bowler
Rashid Khan has historically proved to be an economical bowler in T20 cricket for club and country. I expect Rashid Khan to be as frugal as ever and register the best economy rate in the game.
GT keeper Saha is likely to take the most catches in a game that could be dominated by seamers. With experienced seamers like Shami and Alzarri Joseph in the GT squad, this appears to be a logical prediction.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings: Dream 11 Predictions
In this segment of my GT vs CSK match prediction analysis, I present my ‘today IPL match prediction dream 11’ for the upcoming IPL game.
- Wicket keeper: Saha
- Batsmen: Gill, Williamson, Gaikwad
- All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, Jadeja
- Bowlers: Shami, Chahar, Joseph, Theekshana
The captain of my Dream 11 team is Hardik Pandya, while the vice-captain is Jadeja.
(Disclaimer: This list is only intended as a rough guideline. I could make some changes to my Dream 11, after the IPL 2023 competition begins.)