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Muskaan ∙ May 22 2023, 6:00 PM | 3 Min Read

The Dhoni-Pandya Showdown at Chepauk | Match Details, Predicted XIs, Fantasy Tips

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With only four matches left, the race to lift the IPL trophy has officially begun. The defending champions, Gujarat Titans are set to encounter the four time winners, Chennai Super Kings at the Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League 2023 at the MA Chidambaram  Stadium in Chennai from 7:30 pm onwards.

Team Preview

Gujarat Titans

GT has unquestionably been the strongest team this season. Their top-order, middle-order and their bowling department have all time and again backed one another beautifully on the field. Whether it was Pandya promoting himself to bat at No.3 when they lost Shubman's wicket early or Rahul Tewatia smashing powerful sixes to win neck-to-neck matches, they have powered through every challenge that's thrown at them.

Shubman Gill's sensational back-to-back centuries have been a key element to the team's recents successes, moreover he has been a consistent player for the team since the onset of this edition with 680 runs in the bag. Wriddhiman Saha's heroics and exceptional 81 off 43 against the Lucknow Super Giants are also to be credited.

This year's, lead purple cap holder's Mohammad Shami and Rashid Khan are currently functioning with zero brakes. Both of them have 24 wickets each in 14 innings and have been performing phenomenally. 

The team is putting forward a bang-on performance one after the another and the upcoming clash could see the team play ruthlessly with nothing on mind.

Chennai Super Kings

MS Dhoni and Co. have had a great season so far. They have played calmly under high-pressure situations, one of them being their most recent match against the Delhi capitals team. The match was a high-risk-high-reward situation.However, they powered through and won by a big margin of 77 runs.

The team like every other year produces some remarkable players much of this credit goes to none other than the Great Thala and his fine leadership skills. This year too, there have been some stars that have shone too brightly with Shivam Dube, Matheesha Pathirana and Tushar Deshpande topping the list. 

Although,Ravindra Jadeja has been a great with the ball there have been some shortcomings on the batting end from his side and he would look to work on that before the match.

Match Details

Date and Time: 23 May, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Live Streaming and Broadcast: Jio Cinema & Star Sports Network

Pitch Report: The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is renowned for providing advantages to both batsmen and bowlers. It is known for its consistent bounce, which makes it favorable for making shots. Consequently, teams winning the coin toss would likely opt to chase a target, as it allows them to have a specific goal in mind.

Predicted Playing XIs

Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, HH Pandya(C), DA Miller, R Tewatia, D Shanaka, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Rashid Khan, M Shami, Yash Dayal, MM Sharma, Noor Ahmad

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

Wicket-Keeper: Devon Conway

Batters: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube, Shubman Gill

All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, David Miller, Hardik Pandya

Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Rashid Khan, Tushar Deshpande, Mohammad Shami

Captain: Devon Conway

Vice-Captain: Shubman Gill


This year, GT and CSK played against each other in the first match of the season. GT successfully chased a target of 179 runs in 19.2 overs, with five wickets remaining. GT has emerged victorious in three matches against CSK up until now. GT has won all the three matches played against CSK. 

We reckon GT would secure a win yet again and secure a spot in the finals.