On May 23, Qualifier 1 of the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season will feature a match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the reigning champion Gujarat Titans (GT).
Despite GT’s recent success, the Yellow Army holds an advantage due to the match’s location at their home stadium, MA Chidambaram Stadium.
There are many key battles to watch out for:
1. Mohammed Shami vs Ruturaj Gaikwad
One of the two CSK batters with more than 500 runs in the IPL 2023 is Ruturaj Gaikwad. Rashid Khan and Mohammed Shami share the season’s most wickets.
Gaikwad has a pitiful strike rate of 70.17 in this match, despite the fact that Shami hasn’t dismissed him once in six IPL contests.
Shami’s total of 15 powerplay wickets is also the most this year.
2. Deepak Chahar vs Shubman Gill
Deepak Chahar has been among the Powerplay wickets despite not playing at all during the previous season. His skill with the new ball continues to be crucial.
It’s important to note that Shubman Gill has been ejected twice by Chahar in seven IPL games (Batting SR: 132.43). Despite hitting two IPL centuries, the batter must exercise caution when facing Chahar in the Powerplay.
3. Rashid Khan vs Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane, who was selected by CSK this year, made a comeback during the 2023 IPL season. Rahane’s strike rate in the IPL 2023 is 169.87 and he averages 35.25. Though spinners have thrown him out up to eight times.
4. Shivam Dube vs Rashid Khan
With the ball in this phase, the former averages 17 points (2023).
Versus spinners, Shivam Dube. In contrast to Rahane, Shivam Dube has pounded the spinners in IPL 2023.
After losing three times to them, he has scored an incredible 175 points against them. 3 fours and 20 sixes are included in the total. It will be intriguing to watch how he approaches individuals like Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed. Dube’s season strike rate is 160.41 points.
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