The IPL 2023 season 16 will kick off on Friday, March 31 as defending Champions Gujarat Titans (GT) will lock horns with the four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The contest promises to be a mouth-watering one as Gujarat will look to start their title defence on a high while Chennai will be eager to get off to a good start this season after a group-stage exit in 2022.
With the tournament being termed MS Dhoni’s last season, CSK will be eager to give a winning farewell to the second-most successful captain in the history of IPL (in terms of trophies won). On the other hand, having made a strong statement with their breathtaking performance in the inaugural season, Gujarat will have the extra added pressure on their shoulders to replicate their successful outing this year as well.
GT vs CSK Pitch Report:
Out of the ten T20I matches played at the venue, six have been won by teams batting first. The average first-innings score at the venue is 160 while the highest total recorded is 234/4 by India against New Zealand. Narendra Modi Stadium is not a happy hunting ground for the chasing teams as the highest total chased at the venue in T20Is is 166. Hence the captain winning the toss will look to bat first and post a huge total on the board.
GT vs CSK Probable Playing XIs:
Gujarat Titans (GT):
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya (C), Matthew Wade, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, R Sai Kishore, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami
Chennai Super Kings (CSK):
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Deepak Chahar, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh/Rajvardhan Hangargekar
GT vs CSK Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter
The 23-year-old has been in sublime form of late, having scored hundreds across all three formats in 2022. He recently scored the highest individual score by an Indian batter in T20Is as he played a scintillating innings of 126* off 63 balls against New Zealand. Gill will look to continue his form in IPL as well and get his tournament off to a rollicking start against CSK.
Probable best bowler
The right-arm seamer missed the entire 2022 season due to an injury and will be eager to stage an emphatic comeback in the upcoming season. Chahar will look to find some swing with the new ball and pick crucial wickets for his side in the powerplay.