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Gujarat vs Chennai Pitch Report
Three out of five games at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune have been won by the teams defending. With dew likely to make its presence felt, spinners might be compelled into bowling a touch flatter.
Gujarat vs Chennai Teams Probable Playing XIs
Probable XI for Gujarat: Matthew Wade* (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller*, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan*, Lockie Ferguson*, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal
Probable XI for Chennai: Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali*, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo*, Chris Jordan*, Maheesh Theekshana*, Mukesh Choudhary
Power Players for Gujarat vs Chennai Match
Hardik Pandya has been delivering in all departments of the game. Besides being the second-highest run-getter (228 at 76) in the ongoing edition, he has also bagged 4 wickets. His current form makes him an ideal choice as a captain in fantasy cricket leagues.
It was Maheesh Theekshana’s match-winning spell of 4 for 33 that scripted Chennai’s win over Bangalore. It will be interesting to see how the Gujarat top-order handles the mystery deliveries from the Sri Lankan spinner.
After scores of 3, 49, 57, 3, and 95*, Shivam Dube is now the leading run-scorer for Chennai. He has also generated bonus fantasy points by smashing 13 sixes.
Smart Picks for Gujarat vs Chennai Match
Robin Uthappa continues to repay the faith shown in him by the Chennai think-tank. His 88 off 50 balls against Bangalore was a testimony to his clean and consistent hitting.
Just when Rajasthan appeared to be racing away with the game against Gujarat, Lockie Ferguson responded with 3 wickets, including the prized scalp of Jos Buttler. The Kiwi pacer’s hostility will continue to keep him in the game.
Although Shubman Gill has scored 96 and 84 in this edition, he has also been dismissed for low scores of 13, 7, and 0. If Gujarat are to continue their momentum, they will need more consistency from their opener going forward.
If Rashid Khan doesn’t pick wickets, he stems the flow of runs. Either way, he is helping fantasy players nudge ahead.
Abhinav Manohar has been getting useful runs down the order in his last two innings (43 and 35). His attacking instinct has been a big boon for Gujarat.
Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali stood tall with both bat and ball when Chennai won the title in 2021. Unless the marquee all-rounders rise to the occasion in games to come, the defending champions will continue to struggle.
David Miller might not necessarily play the big innings, but his quickfire 20s and 30s often make a huge difference in fantasy leagues.
Gujarat vs Chennai Match Preview
With four wins out of five, Gujarat are sitting pretty at the top of the points table. They come into this contest after convincingly beating Rajasthan in their previous match.
On the other hand, Chennai finally managed to register their maiden victory of the edition by overcoming the challenge of Bangalore. The four-time winners are languishing at the bottom after having lost four games on the bounce and will be under pressure against the red-hot debutants.
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Time: 17 April, 7.30 PM IST