CSK vs GT, IPL 2023 Final: Relentless rain moves final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans to reserve day | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The IPL 2023 final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans was on Sunday moved to reserve day due to relentless rain in Ahmedabad.
The announcement was made at 10:55 pm local time.
The final between the two teams – GT and CSK – will now be played on Monday (May 29).
Gujarat Titans will be declared winners if the reserve day is also washed out due to rain on Monday.

The defending champions Gujarat Titans had topped the points table after the 70-match league round, finishing as the only team to have won 10 out of 14 matches and 20 points. Chennai Super Kings had finished second with 17 points.

With the weather forecast not being too promising for the final on Sunday, it only kept getting worse for the fans who had turned up to pack the house.
It began drizzling just about half an hour before the toss time and the ground staff was quick to cover the centre with two separate layers of sheets, along with covering the areas of run-ups for fast bowlers.

But the intensity of downpour picked up heavily, along with thunder and lightning soon, and the fans who had filled up the stands in large numbers were forced to look for cover and retreat into the stands.
Huge puddles of water were also seen adjacent to the centre strip which remained uncovered.
The rain, however, did stop after 9:00 pm local time and the covers were taken off, with two super sopper already in action from around 8:30 pm IST.
However, heavy spell of rain returned to force the ground staff to cover the field again and players off the pitch, who had started warming up.
There were some serious puddles on the covers and exposed parts of the outfield, which would have taken the groundstaff more than a hour to clear, provided the rain had stopped.
As per the rules, the IPL final will have a reserve day — Monday, May 29 in this year’s case — in case the match is not able to start by 12:06am cut-off time, in which case there will be a five-overs per-side contest.
There are no such predictions of rain here on Monday, which means that there is full possibility of a 20-20 over match.

(With inputs from PTI)

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CSK vs GT IPL 2023 Final: Gujarat Titans hope to gatecrash MSD party | Cricket News – Times of India

Gujarat Titans and CSK seem to be evenly matched going into IPL summit clash today
AHMEDABAD: There is no trophy in the annals of cricketing history that MS Dhoni has not laid his hands on. But come Sunday at the Narendra Modi Stadium, he would like to give one final push to bring home the fifth IPL title for the Chennai Super Kings.

Standing in his way are Hardik Pandya‘s Gujarat Titans, who are basking in the glory of opener Shubman Gill‘s (851 runs in 16 matches) finest season and hoping to become the first franchise to win two IPL trophies at the first time of asking.

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The aggressive brand of cricket that Pandya has egged his team to play is a leaf out of Dhoni’s book. When Dhoni had the full squad at his disposal, his team was invincible. But even with a depleted squad, the 41-year-old has utilized his resources to the fullest to take his team to the summit clash.

The Titans are a well-rounded batting and bowling unit, and they are up against the Super Kings, who have gone from strength to strength under Dhoni’s able leadership and guile.


So, how will Dhoni and Co. stop the marauding Gill or how will Shami and co. look to halt Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway?
TOI delves into the match-ups…
Gill vs Deepak Chahar
Chahar has shown if there is some juice in the pitch, he is a bowler to reckon with. His short ball to dismiss Gill in the first qualifier is something that will be etched in the latter’s memory. Meanwhile, Tushar Deshpande has gone for runs but has taken 21 wickets in 15 matches to be CSK’s highest wicket-taker. How the duo go about against Gill will set the early tone.


GT’s middle-order vs CSK’s spinners
Maheesh Theekshana and Ravindra Jadeja spun a web around the GT’s middle-order batters in the first qualifier. However, things are going to be different in Ahmedabad with the surface expected to remain true for batting throughout the match.


CSK openers vs GT pacers
Mohammed Shami (28 wickets), Rashid Khan (27 wickets) and Mohit Sharma (24 wickets) are the top three wicket-takers this IPL. But none have been able to stop Gaikwad (564 runs from 15 matches). In two matches against GT, the opener has made 92 and 60 and helped the team set up competitive totals.

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After the initial struggle, Conway (625 runs from 15 matches) has prospered to become a support for Gaikwad.


Rashid Khan vs CSK middle order
In Shivam Dube, a resurgent Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali, CSK have a middle order which can match GT man for man. Add Dhoni to the mix. His fans might want to see him play next season, but his knees just don’t seem to be able to handle the rigours of any form of international cricket. How the CSK middle order tackle the eight overs between Rashid and Noor will be a crucial factor.

Both teams are evenly matched, with no clear favourites. Will Dhoni’s guile triumph or will Pandya, who considers Dhoni his mentor, have another IPL trophy to his credit?


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IPL 2023: Hardik Pandya’s calmness as a leader reminds Sunil Gavaskar of MS Dhoni | Cricket News – Times of India

For two consecutive seasons now, Hardik Pandya has led Gujarat Titans to an IPL final, and the all-rounder’s leadership skills have commanded respect from all quarters, including the legend Sunil Gavaskar, who has likened Hardik’s calmness to that of ‘Captain Cool’ MS Dhoni.
On Sunday, the two will face off in the IPL 2023 final, where Gujarat Titans will look to defend the title they won in their debut season last year against four-time champions Chennai Super Kings.
Titans, under the guidance of Pandya, sailed into their second successive IPL final after blowing away five-time champions Mumbai Indians by 62 runs in Qualifier 2 to set up a summit clash with four-time winners Chennai Super Kings.

“He (Hardik) has been very open about his admiration and affection for MSD, just like all those who have followed MSD’s career. When they go out to the toss, they will be very friendly and smiling all that,” Gavaskar told Star Sports. “But when it comes to the match, it will be a completely different atmosphere. It’s a very good opportunity for Hardik Pandya to show how quickly he has learned.”
Handed the captaincy in GT’s inaugural season, Pandya guided the team to a maiden IPL title.
“When he was captaining for the first time last year, nobody knew what to expect because he has been one of the most exciting and excitable cricketer as well,” Gavaskar said.

“The calmness that he brings to the team is reminiscent of MSD. This is a happy team, which is exactly what we see with CSK as well. Hardik has to take a lot of credit for that.”
Gavaskar also attributed the success of GT to coach Ashish Nehra.
“I would not want to miss Ashish Nehra. He is one person, when he is in the change room or the comm (commentary) box, you cannot but be laughing. He makes life look so easy and he has got one of the sharpest cricketing brains,” the 73-year-old.

Gujarat had lost to CSK in Qualifier 1. They will now have another go at Dhoni’s army in the final on Sunday and Gavaskar said it will be a tough battle for the Chennai team.
“They (GT) have always been a top-class team. Look at the way they have topped the table. They finished with 20 points, 3 more than Chennai Super Kings. It tells you how Gujarat Titans dominated in the league stages. It should not be a surprise that they reached the final. They have played champions cricket.
“And that’s why there are in the final. CSK know that they have a real, real fight on their hands.”

(With agency inputs)

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GT Vs MI Dream11 Team Prediction, Match Preview, Fantasy Cricket Hints: Captain, Probable Playing 11s, Team News; Injury Updates For Today’s GT Vs MI IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 in Ahmedabad, 730PM IST, May 26

Defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) will be facing off against five-time former winners Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. Both teams are bidding to join Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2023 final on Sunday.

This is the third time that GT and MI are going up against each other with Rohit Sharma’s side winning two of those matches. MI posted their second win over GT recently, when they thrashed the table-toppers by 27 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

GT had defeated MI by 55 runs when the two sides met earlier in the season in Ahmedabad. In the last match between the two sides, Suryakumar Yadav scored his maiden T20 century. For GT, opener Shubman Gill is in sensational form with the bat, having scored back-to-back centuries earlier in the season and is just 9 runs short of possibly becoming the youngest winner of the IPL Orange Cap.

In the bowling department, while GT pacer Mohammad Shami is leading the Purple Cap table with 26 wickets, MI’s Akash Madhwal produced the best-ever bowling figures in a Playoffs match – claiming 5/5 against Lucknow Super Giants in Eliminator. It will be interesting to see if MI will bring back Arjun Tendulkar to play in his first-ever IPL Playoffs match.

Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 Details

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Date & Time: May 26, 730pm IST onwards

Live Streaming and TV details: Star Sports Network and Jio Cinema website and app.

GT vs MI IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 Dream11 Prediction

Wicketkeeper: Ishan Kishan

Batters: Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Cameron Green

Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammad Shami, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal

Captain: Shubman Gill

Vice-captain: Suryakumar Yadav

GT vs MI IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 Predicted 11

Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Sai Sudharsan/Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Tilak Varma, Cameron Green, Chris Jordan, Hrithik Shokeen/Kumar Kartikeya/Arjun Tendulkar, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff

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IND vs AFG: युवा खिलाड़ियों की एंट्री, BCCI लेगी बड़ा फैसला!

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भारतीय टीम को 7 जून से 11 जून तक ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ लंदन के ओवल में वर्ल्ड टेस्ट चैंपियनशिप का फाइनल खेलना है। उसके बाद जून के अंत में टीम को वेस्टइंडीज रवाना होना है एक बड़े दौरे के लिए। इस दौरे पर टीम टेस्ट वनडे और टी20 खेलेगी। अभी हालांकि, इसका पूरा शेड्यूल सामने नहीं आया है। गुरुवार शाम यह भी जानकारी सामने आ रही थी कि भारत और अफगानिस्तान के बीच इसी दौरान होने वाली सीरीज पर संकट के बादल मंडरा रहे हैं। लेकिन अब जो ताजा रिपोर्ट सामने आई है उसमें कहा जा रहा है कि टीम इंडिया अपनी युवा ब्रिगेड को अफगानिस्तान के खिलाफ उतार सकती है।

पीटीआई/भाषा की एक रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक भारतीय टीम के सीनियर खिलाड़ियों को वेस्टइंडीज दौरे से पूर्व आराम दिया जाएगा। वहीं हार्दिक पांड्या की अगुआई में सेकंड स्ट्रिंग टीम यानी युवा ब्रिगेड को अफगानिस्तान के खिलाफ उतारा जा सकता है। गौरतलब है कि दो महीने तक आईपीएल खेलने के बाद अब टीम के सीनियर 15 खिलाड़ी इंग्लैंड रवाना होने लगे हैं। कुछ रवाना हो चुके हैं वहीं कुछ 28 मई को आईपीएल फाइनल के बाद जाएंगे। हार्दिक टेस्ट टीम का हिस्सा नहीं हैं, ऐसे में वह अफगानिस्तान के खिलाफ बागडोर संभाल सकते हैं। 

Hardik Pandya

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Hardik Pandya

किन खिलाड़ियों की हो सकती है एंट्री?

अगर खाली विंडो की बात करें तो भारत और अफगानिस्तान सीरीज के लिए 20 से 30 जून तक का समय नजर आ रहा है। इस दौरान बीसीसीआई या तो सिर्फ वनडे या सिर्फ टी20 कोई एक सीरीज करवा सकती है। इस दौरान टीम इंडिया में आईपीएल 2023 में शानदार प्रदर्शन करने वाले कई युवा खिलाड़ियों की भी एंट्री हो सकती है। वहीं कई ऐसे खिलाड़ी जो सीनियर टीम में जगह बनाने में जूझते हैं उनकी भी इस टीम में एंट्री हो सकती है। जैसे संजू सैमसन, राहुल त्रिपाठी जैसे खिलाड़ी इस टीम का हिस्सा हो सकते हैं। वहीं सूर्यकुमार यादव इस टीम का अहम हिस्सा हो सकते हैं। इसके अलावा आईपीएल में शानदार प्रदर्शन करने वाले यशस्वी जायसवाल, रिंकू सिंह और तिलक वर्मा जैसे कई नए चेहरे भी नजर आ सकते हैं।

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अफगानिस्तान क्रिकेट बोर्ड के अध्यक्ष मिरवाइस अशरफ इन दिनों भारत में ही एशियन क्रिकेट काउंसिल की मीटिंग के लिए मौजूद हैं। आईपीएल फाइनल के बाद एशिया कप के वेन्यू पर फैसला होगा। वहीं उसी दौरान भारत और अफगानिस्तान की इस सीरीज का भी फाइनल ब्लू प्रिंट तैयार हो सकता है। अगर भारत के आगामी वेस्टइंडीज दौरे की बात करें तो यह 12 जुलाई से 13 अगस्त तक का हो सकता है। इस दौरान दो टेस्ट, तीन वनडे और पांच टी20 मुकाबले खेले जाएंगे। इस दौरे के बाद टीम को आयरलैंड दौरे पर जाना है जहां एक बार फिर से हार्दिक पांड्या के नेतृत्व में युवा टीम खेलती नजर आ सकती है। इसके बाद सितंबर में एशिया कप के बाद टीम ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ घरेलू वनडे सीरीज खेलेगी जो वर्ल्ड कप की तैयारी के लिहाज से अहम होगी।

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GT vs MI IPL 2023 Highlights: All-round Gujarat Titans crush Mumbai Indians by 55 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Defending champions Gujarat Titans produced a clinical performance to demolish five-time-champions Mumbai Indians by 55 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. With this crushing win, GT have jumped to second spot in the points tally.
Set a stiff target of 208, Mumbai Indians could muster 152/9 in 20 overs.
MI didn’t get the kind of start they would have liked and were struggling at 29 for the loss of captain Rohit Sharma‘s wicket in six overs, the team failing miserably to utilise the powerplay.
While trying to work the ball on the onside, Rohit got a leading edge and ended up giving a return catch to his opposite number, Hardik Pandya, in the second over.
After the seamers have done their job, star leg-spinner Rashid Khan came on and bowled a very economical first over.

MI managed to score 13 runs in the seventh over, before Rashid ended Ishan Kishan’s painstaking stay in the middle. Ishan consumed an many as 21 balls for his 13 runs.
Three balls later, Rashid had Tilak Varma trapped in front of the wicket to leave MI reeling at 45 for three in the eighth over.
From there, five-time winners MI could not do enough to challenge the defending champions.
After a forgettable outing with the ball where he was smashed around for 39 runs in two overs, Cameron Green chipped in with 33 off 26 balls, while Suryakumar Yadav contributed 23 in 12 balls. Nehal Wadhera smashed his way to 40 in just 21 deliveries, but their efforts only delayed the inevitable.
Besides Rashid’s 2/27 in four overs, Noor Ahmad, the other spinner from Afghanistan, finished with impressive figures of 3/37 in his full quota of overs.

Earlier, GT’s lower middle-order used the long handle to good effect and powered their team to a formidable 207 for six.
David Miller blazed away to a 22-ball 46, Rahul Tewatia smashed an unbeaten 20 in just five balls, while Abhinav Manohar needed only 21 deliveries to make 42 during a vital partnership of 71 runs for the fifth wicket with the South African.
This was after Shubman Gill made a neat 34-ball 56.
Arjun Tendulkar began on a promising note and conceded four runs in the opening over after his skipper Rohit opted to bowl first on winning the toss.
Gill got the first boundary of the match as the opener played one behind square off a Jason Behrendorff delivery that was slightly short.
MI didn’t have to wait long for their first breakthrough as Wriddhiman Saha missed an attempted pull shot to edge one to the keeper off Tendulkar in the first ball of the third over.
Having taken his partner Gill’s advice, Saha reviewed, but the on-field umpire’s decision was retained by UltraEdge.
It was a nice comeback by Tendulkar junior, four days after being smacked for 48 runs in three overs by Punjab Kings. Growing in confidence, the 23-year-old left-arm seamer gave away just five runs.
With the help of few fours and a six, Gill gave the GT innings the momentum it needed after a quiet first five overs.
Gill collected 17 runs off Green’s first as GT reached 50 for one at the end of the six powerplay overs.
However, defending champions GT suffered a major blow when Piyush Chawla (2/34) snared skipper Hardik caught in the deep by Suryakumar after the batter had made 13 off 14 balls.
GT were in for another shock as Gill, having played some fine shots on way to his brisk half-century, was sent back by Kumar Kartikeya to leave the team 91 for three at the start of the 12th over. Gill hit seven fours and a six.
Vijay Shankar was dismissed for 16-ball 19 before Manohar and Miller accelerated with their big hitting.
Manohar accumulated 17 runs off Chawla’s final over to ruin his figures after three economical overs.
The duo of Manohar and Miller then amassed 22 runs in the 18th over bowled by Green, who was smashed for three sixes.

Finally, Riley Meredith took out Manohar in the beginning of the 19th over, out bowled as the batter looked to loft the ball over long-off.
Tewatia had a first ball six, before Miller ended the over with two more maximums.
(With inputs from PTI)

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IPL 2023: हार्दिक पंड्या से हुई बड़ी गलती, BCCI ने सुनाई कड़ी सजा

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Hardik Pandya, IPL 2023: गुजरात टाइटंस के कप्तान हार्दिक पंड्या की टीम ने गुरुवार को पंजाब किंग्स के खिलाफ शानदार जीत दर्ज की। गुजरात की टूर्नामेंट में यह तीसरी जीत थी। चार में से सिर्फ एक मैच में टीम को हार मिली है जिसमें राशिद खान कप्तान थे और रिंकू सिंह ने पांच ऐतिहासिक छक्के आखिरी ओवर में लगाए थे। पंजाब के खिलाफ मैच में कप्तान हार्दिक की वाहसी हुई लेकिन वह अहम योगदान नहीं दे पाए। पर इस मैच में जीत के बावजूद भारतीय ऑलराउंडर को सजा मिली है। इस मैच में उनसे ऐसी चूक हो गई जिसका उन्हें बड़ा खामियाजा भुगतना पड़ेगा। 

हार्दिक पंड्या से हुई यह गलती

गुजरात टाइटंस के कप्तान हार्दिक पंड्या को पंजाब किंग्स के खिलाफ धीमी ओवर गति का दोषी पाया गया। इसके तहत उनके ऊपर 12 लाख रुपए का जुर्माना लगाया गया है। आपको बता दें कि आईपीएल मैनेजमेंट का लक्ष्य रहता है कि, मैच को तीन घंटे 20 मिनट में समाप्त किया जाए, लेकिन धीमी ओवर गति मुद्दा बनता जा रहा है जिसके कारण मैच चार घंटे से अधिक समय तक खिंच रहे हैं। हार्दिक की सजा के बारे में जानकारी देते हुए आईपीएल ने अपनी प्रेस रिलीज में कहा कि, यह टीम का आईपीएल आचार संहिता के तहत धीमी ओवर गति से जुड़ा पहला अपराध है। इसलिए कप्तान हार्दिक पंड्या पर 12 लाख रुपए का जुर्माना लगाया गया है। 

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Hardik Pandya

गौरतलब है कि इस मैच में मौजूदा चैंपियन गुजरात टाइटंस ने पंजाब किंग्स को छह विकेट से हराया था। यह उसकी इस सत्र की तीसरी जीत है जिससे वह पॉइंट्स टेबल में तीसरे स्थान पर पहुंच गई है। उधर पंजाब किंग्स की टीम चार मैचों में दो जीत और दो हार के बाद चार अंक लेकर छठे स्थान पर है। मैच के दौरान एक ऐसा वीडियो भी सामने आया था जिसमें हार्दिक पंड्या टीम के खिलाड़ियों के ऊपर गुस्सा भी करते दिख रहे थे। वह फील्डर्स से ओवर के बीच में ज्यादा इधर-उधर ना जाने और जल्दी-जल्दी ओवर खत्म करने की बाद झुंझलाहट में बोल रहे थे।

क्या हैं स्लो ओवर रेट के नियम?

आईपीएल में स्लो ओवर रेट के नियम के मुताबिक यदि पहली बार यह गलती होती है तो सिर्फ कप्तान  पर 12 लाख का जुर्माना लगता है। यदि कोई टीम दूसरी बार स्लो ओवर रेट में दोषी पाई जाती है तो, पूरी टीम पर जुर्माना लगाया जा सकता है। तीसरी बार स्लो ओवर रेट में दोषी होने पर कप्तान के ऊपर एक मैच का बैन लगाया जा सकता है। पंड्या के अलावा आईपीएल 2023 में अभी तक आरसीबी के कप्तान फाफ डुप्लेसी और राजस्थान के संजू सैमसन पर भी स्लो ओवर रेट के कारण जुर्माना ठोका जा चुका है।

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IPL 2023: Hardik Pandya Slams Gujarat Titans Batters Even After Win Over Punjab Kings, Here’s WHY

Gujarat Titans have a very short history in the Indian Premier League (IPL), having made their debut last season and then going on to win the title as well. However, the Titans have made it a habit of taking the game into the final over especially while chasing a target. Hardik Pandya’s side defeated Punjab Kings with one ball to spare to move to third place on the IPL 2023 with a six-wicket win in Mohali on Thursday.

The Titans have now won 11 out of their 12 matches while chasing and nine of those wins have come in the final over. In fact, GT lost their last match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the last over as well, although they were bowling in Ahmedabad.

GT all-rounder Hardik wasn’t pleased that his team’s batter took the game to the final over.  The defending champions were on course for a comfortable chase, thanks to Gill’s serene 67 off 49 balls. With seven runs needed off the final over, after Arshdeep Singh conceded only six runs in the 19th, Gill survived a run-out chance, before Sam Curran uprooted his off-stump on the very next ball, bringing sudden tension into the match.

With four runs needed off the last two balls, GT all-rounder Rahul Tewatia calmly finished off the chase by moving across and scooping a full ball from Curran over short fine-leg for four to seal victory for Gujarat with a ball to spare. “To be very honest, I would not appreciate the game going this close from the situation we were in. There was definitely a lot for us to learn from this game. That’s the beauty of sports, it’s never over till it’s over. So we will go back to the drawing board. I think we can take a couple more risks in the middle overs,” Hardik Pandya said during the post-match presentation ceremony on Thursday night.

“It will be a tough pill to swallow, taking it this close. Not a big fan of taking the game to the last over,” said Hardik Pandya.

Thursday’s victory was Gujarat`s third win of the ongoing season and takes them to third place on the points table, while Punjab were handed their second loss of the tournament. Mohit, a previous Purple Cap winner in the IPL, was a net bowler for Gujarat in clinching their maiden title last year.

“The wicket was good but because of the hardness of the soil and wicket, the ball was getting dried up. It was a belter when the new ball was playing. I was not surprised when Mohit and Alzarri came. They bowled terrific,” said Pandya.

The India T20 captain, who has led Gujarat Titans to the title in their maiden attempt in IPL 2022, praised young pacer Mohit Sharma for his performance in the match. Mohit Sharma had joined Gujarat Titans as a net bowler before getting an IPL contract.

“All credit to Mohit. To come to join us as a net bowler and then wait for his chance, knowing his time will come and today it came,” said the Gujarat Titans captain.

(With IANS inputs)

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GT Vs KKR Dream11 Team Prediction, Match Preview, Fantasy Cricket Hints: Captain, Probable Playing 11s, Team News; Injury Updates For Today’s GT vs KKR IPL 2023 Match No 13 in Ahmedabad, 330PM IST, April 9

Gujarat Titans (GT) return home after playing and winning their first away game, a couple of days back, against Delhi Capitals. This time they welcome Kolkata Knight Riders at Narendra Modi stadium in the day game of Sunday double header. The Hardik Pandya-led side has won both their matches so far in IPL 2023. They kickstarted the tournament with a bang as they beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to open their account. GT then beat Delhi Capitals at Feroz Shah Kotla cricket ground to continue their winning run. The form of Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan and Rashid Khan has kept them going so far. Against KKR, GT will hope their captain Hardik also contributes with the bat.

One of the big blows for GT is the injury to their overseas pick Kane Williamson, who has already flown home after injuring himself while fielding during CSK match. He was going to control the innings for GT in this season. But in his absence, Hardik will have to play that role now. He was a perfect power anchor last year and GT expects him to deliver the goods in IPL 2023 too. 

On the other hand, KKR bounced back in style in their last game as they thrashed visiting Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Eden Gardens. They have been hit by injuries too with Shreyas Iyer already out of the first half of the season at least. Jason Roy has joined the squad in place of Shakib Al Hasan. It will be interesting to see whether Roy makes it to the playing 11 vs GT straightaway or not. 

GT vs KKR Dream11 predicted 11

Wicket-keeper: R Gurbaz, W Saha Batter: S Gill, D Miller, R Singh, S Sudharsan 

All-rounder: A Russell, V Shankar 

Bowler: Rashid-Khan, Shardul Thakur, M Shami

GT vs KKR  predicted playing XI 

GT playing 11 vs KKR: Hardik Pandya (C), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Shami, Joshua Little, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph

KKR playing 11 vs GT: Nitish Rana (C), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Venkatesh Iyer, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy

GT vs KKR Squads:

Gujarat Titans Squad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Joshua Little, Yash Dayal, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Manohar, Srikar Bharat, Mohit Sharma, Pradeep Sangwan, Matthew Wade, Odean Smith, Shivam Mavi, Darshan Nalkande, Urvil Patel

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Mandeep Singh, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana(c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Suyash Sharma, Anukul Roy, Vaibhav Arora, N Jagadeesan, Jason Roy, David Wiese, Lockie Ferguson, Kulwant Khejroliya, Harshit Rana

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