Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans. (Photo Source: IPL)
After the end of the league stage, the action will now move to the playoffs in IPL 2023 as Gujarat Titans (GT) will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday, May 23 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
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GT topped the IPL points table with 20 points to their name with 10 wins from 14 matches. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings finished in the second spot having 17 points with eight wins from 14 matches.
The two teams earlier met in the tournament in the curtain raiser of the season where Gujarat emerged victorious by five wickets. However, it would require a herculean effort from the defending champions to beat the four-time champions in the latter’s den in the big game. In order to do that they will once again have to field a strong playing XI:
Here’s Gujarat Titans’ predicted XI against Chennai Super Kings:
Openers: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: IPL)
Shubman Gill is in imperious form this season as he brought up his second consecutive hundred against RCB scoring a sensational 101* off 61 balls with the help of 13 fours and a six. The 23-year-old is the second-highest run-scorer of the season with 680 runs in 14 innings at an average of 56.66 and a strike rate of 152.46. Gill will look to go big against CSK as well and take his side into the final.
Wriddhiman Saha has given explosive starts to his side scoring 287 runs in 14 innings at an average of 22.07 and a strike rate of 129.86. The wicketkeeper batter has had quiet outings in the last three matches with scores of 12, 0 and 2 to his name and hence will be hungry for a big score in the playoffs.
Middle Order: Vijay Shankar David Miller, Dasun Shanaka, Rahul Tewatia
David Miller (Photo Source: Twitter)
Vijay Shankar played a majestic knock of 53 off 35 balls against RCB and forged a massive 123-run stand for the second wicket. Shankar has been exceptional for GT scoring three half-centuries this season having amassed 287 runs from 9 innings at an average of 41 and a strike rate of 161.23.
David Miller is a proven performer in IPL and has the ability to bail his team out of trouble from precarious situations. The southpaw has scored 255 runs from 12 innings at an average of 36.42 and a strike rate of 148.25. Miller also has had quiet outings in the last two fixtures and will be eager to get a big score against his name in Qualifier 1.
Dasun Shanaka got out on a duck in his second outing in IPL after scoring an unbeaten nine on his debut. The Sri Lankan all-rounder has been brought into the side in place of Kane Williamson and is expected to play a pivotal role in the playoffs.
Rahul Tewatia has been exceptional at the death, finishing games for his side. The southpaw has batted at a strike rate of 161.53 and will look to once again take his side home at the death with his scintillating cameos in the playoffs.
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya (c), Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL)
Captain Pandya didn’t bat or ball against RCB and has had an average season so far scoring 289 runs from 12 innings with two fifties to his name. With the ball, he has picked up three wickets from 22 overs at an economy of 8.63.
Rashid Khan is the joint-highest wicket-taker of the season with 24 wickets to his name from 14 innings at an average of 18.25 and an economy of 7.82. The wrist spinner has been awarded Player of the Match twice in the season and has also picked a hat-trick. He bowled a brilliant spell of 1/24 in four overs against RCB and will look to replicate his performance against CSK.
His batting stakes have also risen with time and everyone witnessed a whirlwind knock from him against Mumbai Indians on May 12.
Bowlers: Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma
Mohammed Shami. (Photo Source: BCCI/IPL)
Noor Ahmad picked up 2/39 in four overs against RCB in match 70 of the ongoing season and has done a phenomenal job replacing Alzarri Joseph in the playing XI. The left-arm spinner has picked up 13 wickets this season at an average of 22.15 and a strike rate of 7.96. Noor will enjoy bowling on the spin-friendly track in Chennai and will look to bowl his team to victory.
Mohammed Shami is the joint-highest wicket-taker of the season with 24 wickets to his name from 14 innings at an average of 17.66 and an economy of 7.70. The right-arm seamer has been exceptional with the new ball and picked wickets for his side at the top and will be eager to give another incredible performance in Qualifier 1.
Mohit Sharma was taken to the cleaners for the first time in the tournament as he gave away 54 runs in four overs against RCB. However, he’s had a great season so far having picked up 17 wickets from 11 games at an average of 16.70 and an economy of 8.15. The right-arm seamer will also enjoy bowling on the slow track in Chennai.
Gujarat Titans (GT) Probable Playing XI:
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, Dasun Shanaka, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami
Gujarat Titans (GT) Probable Impact Players:
R Sai Kishore, Yash Dayal, Srikar Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Jayant Yadav