In the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League 2023, Chennai Super Kings will clash with Gujarat Titans. The players of CSK have displayed a strong game throughout this season. Especially Ruturaj Gaikwad is in his strong form. Gaikwad has scored more than 500 runs this season. On the other hand, if we look at Gaikwad’s record against Gujarat, he has also been excellent, but his brilliant batting against this team has proved to be the biggest panaut for CSK. Against Gujarat, Ruturaj Gaikwad has landed in a total of three matches. And all three times he played half-century innings but unfortunately CSK had to face defeat in all these three matches. Ruturaj has scored 218 runs in three matches against Gujarat at a strike rate of 148.23. During this, his average has been 72.66 but despite this, CSK could not win against Gujarat.Amazing pairing of Conway with Gaikwad
A lot will depend on the opening pair of Gaikwad and Devon Conway in the first qualifier against Gujarat. In IPL 2023, both these players have given CSK a strong start every time. In such a situation, if the team has to win against Gujarat, then both of them will have to score runs with their bat. In the last league match of the season, Conway and Gaikwad shared an excellent partnership of 141 runs against Delhi Capitals.
This season, Conway has scored 585 runs in 14 matches at an average of 53.18 and is fifth in the top-10 list. Apart from this, Gaikwad has also scored 504 runs in 14 matches with an average of 42.
CSK will clash at home
The first qualifier of IPL 2023 is going to be held at the home of CSK. Both the teams will land at the MA Chidambaram Stadium for this match. The CSK team is playing the playoffs for the 12th time. On the other hand, Gujarat is the defending champion of the last season. CSK and Gujarat are going to face each other for the fourth time in IPL. In this encounter between the two teams, Gujarat has the upper hand. CSK team has not won a single match from Gujarat so far.
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