IPL 2023 first qualifier today (Photo: IPL20)
New Delhi: Who is the first finalist of IPL 2023? The answer to this big question is about to be found now. And, it is obvious that whoever becomes it, it will be one of MS Dhoni or Hardik Pandya. That is because the first qualifier of the league is to be played between the teams of these two captains.
The first qualifier is not just a competition but also a means of direct entry into the finals. This match takes place between the teams which are in the top two of the points table in the playoff race. In IPL 2023, this match will be played between the first ranked Gujarat Titans and the second ranked Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk.
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Match in Chennai, with Advantage CSK
You saw the race to reach the playoffs. Now who will win in this final battle, it will be known only by the performance of these two teams on the field. By the way, the advantage will be with Chennai Super Kings. One reason for this is that this is his home ground in IPL. And the second reason is related to Gujarat Titans, who will play on Chennai ground for the first time after making their debut in IPL.
Same balance for both the teams
As far as the teams are concerned, be it Chennai or Gujarat, both have the same balance. In this season 9 matches, Chennai Super Kings took the field with the same playing XI and now for the 10th time also they would not like to tamper with their team combination. On the other hand, since Gujarat Titans will be playing in Chennai for the first time, it will be interesting to see their combination. By the way, only 4 matches were his this season, in which he did not make any changes in the team.
The first qualifier will be on pitch number 5
The first qualifier of IPL 2023 will be played on pitch number 5 of Chepauk. This pitch is known for its highscoring mood. Means the batsmen are going to bat. By the way, in the midst of the noise of the batsmen, the effect of the heat of the weather can also be seen on the gestures of the players.
How many times have Chennai and Gujarat clashed on the IPL pitch?
If we talk about the encounter between the two teams on the IPL pitch so far, it has happened thrice and Gujarat Titans have won on all the three occasions. That means the account of victory of MS Dhoni’s team against Hardik Pandya’s team is yet to be opened. This time the chance is good. If he hits the hammer of victory, then he will also get the ticket for the final and the account against Gujarat will also be opened.
CSK vs GT, IPL 2023 Qualifier 1: Dream 11 Prediction
Today you can bet on these players to make the Dream XI team of the first qualifier.
Keeper- Devon Conway
Batsmen- Shubman Gill, Rituraj Gaikwad (Captain), Devon Conway, David Miller
All-rounders – Shivam Dubey, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan (Vice-Captain)
Bowlers- Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami
Read: Whom should MS Dhoni be wary of against Gujarat?