CSK has more experience in the their side and captaincy of MSD will be a huge boost for them.
Gujarat Titans will also back their side being the Last year champions and also playing at their Home venue.
GT won both matches it played against CSK last season. It chased in both of those matches. Both matches also ended with less than one over to spare.
IPL 2023 is finally here and the opening match will be GT vs CSK. It is tradition for the defending champion to play the first match and it is kind of poetic that the current IPL champion will be playing against the most successful team in IPL history.
CSK made the massive move to add Ben Stokes to their lineup for the season. He has stated publicly that is going to play in his capacity as an all-rounder and that will add a lot of flexibility to the team. He will be a straight replacement for Dwayne Bravo who is no longer a part of the IPL. Ajinkya Rahane would be also seen in yellow Jersey being replacement for Robin Uthappa. Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayadu, Ravindra Jadeja, and MS Dhoni are likely to be the top order for CSK. Deepak Chahar is fully fit and will be back as the powerplay enforcer. He has an overall dot ball% of 52 in the powerplay and has also taken 43 wickets at a strike rate of 23,7 during this period. Maheesh Theekshana, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, and Ben Stokes give CSK plenty of bowling options.
With Hardik Pandya fit and likely to play a big role with both bat and ball, the balance of the Gujarat Titans team is quite good. One big absentee for the opening match against CSK will be David Miller. He scored 481 runs last season, had the highest batting average, and smashed the most sixes (23) for GT. We think Kane Williamson will end up being his replacement but that is not really a like-for-like role. The GT batting lineup is quite dependent on Gill and Pandya. Rashid Khan, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Shami, Alzarri Joseph, and Yash Dayal could round out the bowling lineups.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
There is no rain forecast for GT vs CSK IPL 2023. The temperatures should be 28-30 degrees celsius with mild humidity. The average score batting first is 159.9 but the average winning score batting first is 172.3. This indicates teams will need around 175 to feel comfortable defending.
GT VS CSK TOSS PREDICTION
The team that wins the toss is likely to want to field first. That is not a big advantage, though. Overall, 52.6% of the matches have been won by the team chasing at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
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