Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings are set to clash in match one of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gujarat Titans won the IPL trophy in their maiden appearance in the league in IPL 2022. Chennai have won the title on four previous occasions. In 2022, they had their worst IPL season when they finished second last.
All in all, the IPL 2023 opener promises a hard-fought game between two strong teams. In this article, we preview the game and predict which team will win.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings Match Info
Match 1, IPL 2023
Date: 31 March 2023 (19:30 IST)
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Where to watch: Star Sports
Weather and Pitch Report
The weather in Ahmedabad is expected to be hot and dry during the day on 31 March. The IPL match will be played at 19:30 IST. So, the temperature could be cooler, going down to a minimum of 22 degrees Celsius
Narendra Modi Stadium has never had a high-scoring pitch. The average first innings score recorded here has been around 150. New batsmen at the crease find it hard to score from the get-go. The deck is likely to help spinners and slow bowlers.
Gujarat Titans Recent Performance
The Gujarat Titans franchise came into being only in 2022. GT featured in their maiden IPL season in 2022. Hardik Pandya led the side brilliantly helping them to their first IPL trophy win in their inaugural appearance.
The team has a strong core of domestic players. Openers Saha and Gill delivered when it mattered, while skipper Hardik Pandya led from the front. Overseas players Miller and Rashid Khan also played a big hand in GT’s title win.
This year, GT will add Kane Williamson – acquired in the IPL auction – to their middle order.
GT’s overseas contingent is not the strongest. As in 2022, they will be largely dependent on the performance of their domestic players.
Chennai Super Kings Recent Performance
Having entered nine IPL finals and won four IPL trophies, CSK are one of the most successful franchises ever. Dhoni who led them to those titles is back at the helm this year.
CSK have quality all-rounders such as Jadeja, Moeen Ali and Stokes. They also have experienced and talented top order batters such as Gaikwad and Rayudu. However, they lack an express pace bowler.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings Today Prediction: Gujarat Titans to Win
IPL 2023 will return to the home-and-away format. As the home team, GT are more familiar with the local playing conditions in Ahmedabad. Therefore, I believe that GT will benefit from the home advantage and beat CSK in the IPL match on 31 March.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings Win Probability
Having won both the IPL matches played against CSK, GT has a dominant h2h record. I would give GT a win probability of 56%.
Probable XIs Playing
I now consider the best playing elevens that the two sides could possibly field in the match on 31 March.
KS Bharat (wk), Gill, Williamson, Hardik Pandya, Wade, Tewatia, Odean Smith, Rashid Khan, Md Shami, Sai Kishore, Yash Dayal.
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj, Conway, Rayudu, Stokes, Dhoni, Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Pretorius, Chahar, Simarjeet Singh.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings IPL 2023 Match Odds
In this segment, we discuss the bookmakers’ odds offered for the Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings IPL 2023 match.
Probable Best Batter
Shubman Gill has been in brilliant form for India in white ball cricket. I predict that he will be the highest scorer of the upcoming game between GT and CSK.
Probable Best Bowler
Rashid Khan the Afghan all-rounder will probably grab the most wickets in the upcoming game. The pitch conditions at Ahmedabad suit Rashid’s style of bowling.
Our Match Betting Tip Today
Gujarat Titans to win.