The encounter between CSK and GT has always been very exciting. Both the supporters of Chennai and Gujrat want to make sure that their side performs well. That is because one side has to maintain its reputation, and the other side has to ensure that they get their first win. It means that Chennai has never defeated the Gujrat Titans in the last three encounters. So, both the team are going to be under pressure. All these facts make this qualifier even more interesting and exciting.
Previous encounters of CSK vs. GT:
In the previous three encounters, Gujrat Titans have shown that they are a much better team and that they can easily defeat Chennai. But Dhoni is known to perform when it requires. The experience of Dhoni winning four IPL titles is something that is going to be troublesome for Gujrat. Let’s do some analysis of the previous encounters to get an idea about who has a better chance to win Qualifier 1.
IPL 2022 encounters:
In 2022, two times Chennai and Gujrat encountered, and both times, Gujrat won. In the first match, GT won by 3 wickets, and in the next match by 7 wickets. This is certainly a great performance against the experience of MS Dhoni and his team.
IPL 2023 encounter:
In the one and only encounter between GT and CSK in IPL 2023, CSK batted first. They set a target of 179 in front of Gujrat. But the Gujrat was easily able to achieve that target with four balls remaining. The lowest score of a team between the encounter of CSK and GT is 133, and that is of CSK. This clearly shows that Gujrat has the strategy to restrict Chennai at a low score.
Statistics at Chidambaram Stadium
Chennai is certainly having a good record at Chidambaram Stadium. They have played 63 matches at Chidambaram Stadium, and out of those 63, they have won 44 matches. Their highest score at this stadium is 246. This is certainly a great record of lifting their confidence. However, their lowest score is 109 at this stadium. This clearly shows there have been downtimes, too, for them.
The experience of Dhoni can certainly be dangerous for GT. In the past, as a captain cool, Dhoni has surprised the opposition through his batting and even through his captaincy. It’ll be interesting to see the result of the Qualifier 1. This qualifier is going to be nothing less than a final. So, which team are you supporting?