For the final game of the season, you want to pick your best Dream11 team to finish on a high. Good news, because we have an expert CSK vs GT Dream11 prediction to help you do exactly that.
After an emphatic performance over Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 2, Gujarat Titans have crawled back to meet foes Chennai Super Kings, who beat them in the Qualifier 1, in the final of IPL 2023.
What's more, they get to play MS Dhoni's men in their backyard in the biggest game of them all, the title clash. Our CSK vs GT Dream11 prediction has tons of possibilities with the venue offering plenty of runs. The IPL predictions will be interesting as two of the best teams in the competition face off in the title clash.
While the slow, low tracks in Chennai have aided spin, Ahmedabad has been a run-scoring venue with batters thriving. It'll require a completely different mindset to that in Chennai to win here and this could be the major challenge for Chennai Super Kings as they gear up to face the season's best team so far and the defending champions.
Chennai beat Gujarat in Qualifier 1 at the Chepauk to book their place in the final of IPL 2023, their 10th final in 14 seasons. Meanwhile, Gujarat enter their second final in as many seasons and are playing at home in the final.
We have a clash of epic proportions in the waiting in the IPL as Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni go head-to-head for the third time this season with the record so far this year at 1-1.
So, here we go with the CSK vs GT Dream11 Prediction:
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It's going to be the Chennai Super Kings facing the Gujarat Titans in the summit clash 🙌
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Playing conditions for reserve day after washout on main day
Due to a washout on Sunday, an unprecedented decision has been made to shift the IPL 2023 final to the reserve day, marking a historic moment in IPL history. It's a deviation from the norm, but we're all set to witness an extraordinary twist to this grand finale!
Now, let's get down to business. The playing conditions remain unchanged since Sunday night, and time is ticking away. To have a complete match, it must commence before 9:35 pm. We're on the clock, folks, and every second counts.
However, we're well-prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. If the situation takes a turn for the worse, fret not! We have a backup plan in the form of a thrilling five-overs-a-side match that can be accommodated until 12:06 am. Night cricket under the floodlights, anyone? Get ready for some power-packed action!
But wait, there's more! If, by some stroke of fate, a Super Over becomes unfeasible, brace yourselves for an intense showdown. The cut-off time for a Super Over is 1 am. It's the ultimate test of nerve and skill, where every ball counts.
Now, here's an intriguing tidbit. In the unlikely event that a Super Over doesn't materialize, the Gujarat Titans, the team that dominated the points table during the league stage, will be crowned the champions. They held the esteemed position of No. 1, paving their way to glory.
So, let's keep our eyes peeled, our spirits high, and witness the unfolding drama of this unforgettable IPL finale. No matter the outcome, this extraordinary turn of events will etch its name in the annals of cricket history. Get ready to be captivated!
Team news for IPL 2023 final
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings prefer stability and are unlikely to tinker with their playing XI for this big clash. On a good batting strip, the focus will be on their biggest batters this season, the openers Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Ajinkya Rahane and Shivam Dube have also had really good seasons with the bat and will follow the duo with the likes of Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja shuffled around according to situation.
Deepak Chahar will enjoy the conditions here in Ahmedabad with the new ball as will Matheesha Pathirana, the death bowler. The only position that CSK might ponder is that of Mahesh Theekshana, who hasn't had a great season. They have Mitchell Santner in the waiting, but it is unlike CSK to make changes to their core team for a big clash like this.
Predicted starting 11: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mahesh Theekshana, Tushar Deshpande. Impact sub: Matheesha Pathirana.
Gujarat Titans have momentum on their side after a sensational performance against Mumbai Indians at this very venue to book their spot in the final. Shubman Gill is in outrageous form and three of their bowlers occupy the top three spots in the wicket-takers list this season.
As good a bowling team as they are, Gujarat's batting has been outstanding this season and led by Gill, they have buried teams in the first innings by setting imposing totals and using their well-rounded bowling attack to then restrict opponents. They will follow a similar mantra in the final against CSK despite the loss in Qualifier 1 in very different conditions. The CSK vs GT Dream11 prediction will be dictated hugely by the venue and conditions.
Predicted starting 11 for GT: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma, Yash Dayal. Impact sub: Vijay Shankar.
CSK vs GT Dream11 prediction: Picking the fantasy team
Here's our top Chennai Super Kings vs Gujarat Titans Dream11 prediction:
- Wicketkeeper: Wriddhiman Saha (optional), Devon Conway
- Batters: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Shivam Dube, David Miller/Sai Sudharsan
- All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja (optional)
- Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Rashid Khan, Matheesha Pathirana (optional)
Wriddhiman Saha opens the batting and given how good the Gujarat bowling attack is, gets plenty of opportunities to get fielding points with catching possibilities. However, with Devon Conway now available as wicketkeeper, you could skip Saha for an extra bowler or all-rounder.
Shubman Gill's incredible form means that he walks into this side and is a strong captaincy candidate. Ruturaj Gaikwad's volume of runs means that he too finds a place easily.
While Ajinkya Rahane should enjoy batting at this venue generally, the Gujarat bowling attack has two quality spinners he might struggle to put away, so he can be skipper from the XI and instead Shivam Dube can be banked upon given his ability to make quick-impact knocks.
If Gujarat are chasing, David Miller is a highly recommended pick given his ability to close out matches. Instead, if they bat first, GT are likely to have Sai Sudharsan in at No.3 and he could be a good differential pick.
Hardik Pandya picks himself in the all-rounder category, especially with him back to bowling from the Qualifier 2. Ravindra Jadeja has had a great season with the ball, however, at this venue and against this batting line-up, his value goes down. However, it remains a huge risk to drop him from the XI entirely.
Among the bowling options, Shami and Mohit Sharma have had the most success at this venue while Rashid Khan would be very useful against this Chennai batting line-up. If Chennai are bowling first, Matheesha Pathirana could be a better pick over Saha or Jadeja.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 23, 2023
CSK vs GT Dream11 prediction: Who should you captain in your fantasy team?
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Conway have profound weaknesses against Mohammed Shami with the fast bowler having a great record with the new ball against them. If Chennai are chasing, it is safe to avoid both these batters as captains.
The venue is known to aid new ball movement early in the second half of the game and no one is better at exploiting it than Shami. In Grand Leagues, Shami could also be a good differential captain if Gujarat are bowling second.
Stay clear of Hardik Pandya as a captaincy option for this game, but you could bank on Shubman Gill for his incredible form and record against Chennai Super Kings.
Gill is the first-choice captain in our CSK vs GT Dream11 prediction while you could choose between Gaikwad (if CSK bat first), Conway (if CSK bat first) and Shami for the vice-captain. Mohit Sharma is also a great differential captaincy option if Chennai are chasing.