The first qualifier match of IPL 2023 will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans on Tuesday, May 23. The first match of the playoffs will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk) in Chennai. The match will start at 7:30 pm. The team winning this match will make it directly to the final. It will be a matter to see with which strategy both teams will come on the field in this match.
On the one hand, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will benefit from home conditions, on the other hand, Gurat Titans will play their first match in Chepauk this season. Given this, CSK coach Stephen Fleming has hoped for what can happen.
In the match, Hardik Pandya will face the challenge of veteran captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Hardik Pandya, however, understands Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy very well. In the Indian team, he has played many matches under Dhoni. At the same time, in the IPL so far, Gujarat, captained by Hardik Pandya, has played three matches against Chennai, in which Gujarat’s win percentage is 100.
Both teams don’t see the prize tag.
One thing that has been seen in the team of Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans this season is that both teams did not pay attention to expensive players. On the one hand, Chennai gave Krishnappa Gautam, who has a huge price of about Rs 10 crore, only one chance due to the team combination. Gujarat, on the other hand, did not give a single chance to Shivam Mavi, who is worth Rs 6 crore, and preferred Mohit Sharma in his place.
Chepauk pitch could be a challenge for Gujarat
Gujarat Titans will play their first match in IPL 2023 at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. The slow pitch here can become a challenge for Gujarat. Deepak Chahar of Chennai can prove to be a call for Gujarat in the powerplay.
At the same time, Dasun Shanaka can be effective in other ways besides all-rounder for Gujarat. Shanaka is the captain of the Sri Lankan national team and Mathisha Parithana and Mahish Tikshana, who play from Chennai, are Sri Lankan players and have played under Shanaka’s captaincy. In such a situation, Dasun Shanaka can prove to be effective in giving input to his team Gujarat to deal with pathirana and sharpness.
These changes can happen in the playing XI of both teams
This match is very important for both. In such a situation, Chennai and Gujarat would like to go with their best playing XI. Fast bowler Joshua Little may return to Gujarat’s playing XI. Apart from this, spinner Sai Kishore can also be part of the playing XI in place of Yash Dayal.
At the same time, there were hardly any changes in Chennai’s playing XI. Ruturaj Gaikwad can start the innings with Devon Conway from the team. Apart from this, Ajinkya Rahane can play the role of number three. Now it has to be see which playing XI the two teams go with and who will be give n a place in the playing XI.