Chennai Super Kings bank on experience
- CSK pondering Ben Stokes’ role for the season
- Will GT open with Kane Williamson?
CSK have a problem of plenty in the batting department with Ben Stokes also in the mix as an overseas player for IPL 2023. He will only play as a batter initially due to injury concerns. While CSK have experience in their hands, they don’t have the right balance in the team. CSK have odds of 1.97 to beat Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2023 opener.
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Gujarat Titans, meanwhile, have quite a few in-form players and have added the likes of Kane Williamson and Odean Smith to the mix. They have a good balance and some exciting options with bat and ball. Gujarat Titans have odds of 1.72 to beat CSK in the first game of IPL 2023.
Head-to-head record, GT v CSK
Gujarat Titans won both their fixtures against CSK last time and given the conditions expected in Ahmedabad, CSK could find it hard to beat a strong outfit like Gujarat, who come off a title-winning season.
MS Dhoni has had a few lucky streaks with the toss. If he wins the toss, the odds of which are at 1.77, CSK would likely opt to chase, a popular decision with the team.
Gujarat Titans won both their matches against Chennai Super Kings in the last season, Gujarat’s first. A Gujarat win is a huge possibility, the odds standing at 1.72.
The conditions at the Narendra Modi Stadium have been unpredictable in the past. The average first innings score is 155, while the average score in the second innings is 148.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch is likely suiting pace bowlers early on with a lush green, fast outfield enabling run-scoring. There is no forecast for rain.
Players to keep an eye on…
CSK Predicted playing XI:
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni (c) (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana
GT Predicted playing XI:
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya (c), Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami, R. Sai Kishore, Yash Dayal
Ben Stokes: The England batter will be a key figure in the CSK batting line-up. If he opens with Ruturaj Gaikwad, Stokes could have a big impact this season.
Hardik Pandya: The skipper played higher up the order with the bat last season, but may not need to do that this year, leaving him to do what he does best at No.6. Expect Hardik to also play a crucial role with the ball.
IPL 2023, Match 1 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Gujarat Titans will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
GT v MI Betting tips
Apart from betting on the Titans to win the match, check our other recommended bet about GT’s top batter:
Shubman Gill is in good form in all formats. Back Shubman Gill at 3.70 to be Gujarat Titans’ top batter!