GT vs CSK: Who Will Win The Match?: Led by Hardik Pandya, the Gujarat Titans will begin their IPL title defense in the IPL 2023 opener against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings on Friday. The match will be played at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Titans home ground and the same venue where they won the IPL 2022 final against Rajasthan Royals last year, with Shubman Gill sealing the final via a thunderous sixer.
Chennai Super Kings were on the other end of the points table in IPL 2022, languishing in the 9th place with just 4 wins in all.
They have made some changes to their squads, and quite big ones, replacing the retired duo of Dwayne Bravo and Robin Uthappa with Ben Stokes and Ajinkya Rahane. Gujarat Titans also have some new faces, including Kane Williamson, who is set to start against Chennai Super Kings, and Odean Smith after trading away Lockie Ferguson to KKR.
Which players are unavailable for GT vs CSK Match 1 of IPL 2023?
Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Sisanda Magala of Chennai Super Kings, and David Miller, Josh Little of Titans will miss the first match of IPL 2023 due to national duties. Mukesh Choudhary is down with injury and is likely to miss the tournament.
Here are the predicted XIs of both the teams in GT vs CSK:
CSK predicted XI:
GT predicted XI:
IPL 2023 GT vs CSK Match Prediction:
We are predicting the Gujarat Titans to win the first match of IPL 2023 against Chennai Super Kings in Ahmedabad.
While both teams have strong batting units, it is the bowling department of the Titans which looks stronger than Chennai Super Kings. On a good surface in Ahmedabad, the batters will have more of the say, so the difference in the result of the match is likely to be made by the team with a better, more experienced, and in-form bowling attack – and that is of Gujarat Titans.
Not to forget Ben Stokes is also not allowed to bowl in the initial phase of the tournament due to his knee injury.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) squad for IPL 2023:
MS Dhoni(c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Subhranshu Senapati, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Maheesh Theekshana, Prashant Solanki, Deepak Chahar, Mukesh Choudhary, Simarjeet Singh, Tushar Deshpande, Matheesha Pathirana, Ben Stokes, Sisanda Magala, Ajinkya Rahane, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Varma
Gujarat Titans (GT) squad for IPL 2023:
Hardik Pandya(c), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Jayant Yadav, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal, Darshan Nalkande, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivam Mavi, Joshua Little, Kane Williamson, KS Bharat, Odean Smith, Mohit Sharma, Urvil Patel.