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breaking news Ravindra Jadeja’s Chennai face tough test against Gujarat led by Hardik Pandya


Ravindra Jadeja had his first taste of victory as captain in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) last game but now faces a stern test against Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans (GT) when the two teams lock at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune in the second game on Sunday April 17.

Hardik led newcomers GT in impressive fashion as they picked up four wins from five games to put eight points against their name on the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) points table while CSK have just one. victory over his first five.
Jadeja can, however, take heart from his side’s dominant display in their 23-point win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Shivam Dube (95*) and Robin Uthappa (88) got off to a good start as CSK posted 216/4, the highest tally so far this season. Maheesh Theekshana (4/33) finally announced his arrival and Jadeja (3/39) participated with a strong display as Chennai galloped to victory.

The CSK will however be worried about the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad who has not yet crossed the 20 point mark this season. Moeen Ali found no consistency and they deeply missed Deepak Chahar’s serves with Mukesh Choudhary leaking and having an 11.10 save rate. CSK could finally be convinced to give U-19 World Cup star Rajvardhan Hangargekar a chance.

Meanwhile, Gujarat bounced back from their first defeat this season with a 37-point crushing win over Rajasthan Royals (RR). Hardik scored an unbeaten 87 from just 52 balls and was well supported by Abhinav Manohar (43 from 28 balls) as GT went 192/4. Yash Dayal (3/40) had a great start and provided great support for Lockie Ferguson (3/23) as GT mowed down the RR batting order to seal the win.

GT has a strong team but Matthew Wade and Vijay Shankar have struggled with consistency and will want to fix that. However, the bowling looked deadly with Mohammed Shami, Ferguson and Hardik accounting for 19 wickets between them. Rashid Khan had a relatively calm start with 6 wickets but controls the innings impressively in the middle.

GT vs CSK Team News:

GT Team News: Gujarat are in good form and will be hesitant to cobble together a winning combination. They haven’t had any injury problems since the last game.

News from the CSK team: Chennai have been shaken by the news that Deepak Chahar is ruled out of this IPL season due to a back injury. Mukesh Choudhary dropped points and also had a bad day on the pitch and could make way for the versatile 19-year-old Hangargekar.

GT vs CSK presentation report: The MCA Stadium track, Pune saw a high-scoring encounter in the final game as Punjab posted 198/5 against Mumbai. Gujarat played one game at the venue where they defended 171/6 against Delhi while CSK will play their first game here. Being the second game of the day, dew should play a part and captains will be looking to chase.

Where to watch live: The match begins at 7:30 PM IST on Sunday, April 17 with the draw scheduled for 7:00 PM IST. The match will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can also tune in to the action via Disney+ Hotstar.

Top Fantasy league picks between GT and CSK:

Best batting picks: Shubman Gill has 200 runs to his name in 5 games and looks likely to add to that tally after starting the season in fine form. Meanwhile, CSK’s duo of Dube and Uthappa also look in fine form ahead of this tie.

Top All-Round Picks: Both captains should provide valuable options in the all-rounder slot. Hardik has been the more influential of the two with 4 wickets and 228 runs as he leads the way with bat for Gujarat while Jadeja has 4 wickets and 66 runs in 5 games.

Best Bowling Picks: Ferguson is the highest wicket taker in Gujarat with 8 wickets and he can be backed to be among the wickets again with his fiery pace. Rashid Khan is another one who can be expected to hit with his wide range of variations, especially after a relatively quiet start which yielded only 6 wickets.

GT vs. CSK Possible Playing XIs:

CSK (Expected XI): Robin Uthappa, Rituraj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (C), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (WK), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Maheesh Theekshana and Rajyavardhan Hangrekar.

GT (predicted XI): Matthew Wade (wk), Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami and Yash Dayal.

Full Teams GT vs CSK:

Chennai Super Kings: Ravindra Jadeja (captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayadu, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Santner, Chris Jordan, Adam Milne, Devon Conway, Shivam Dube, Dwaine Pretorius, Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Tushar Deshpande, KM Asif, C Hari Nishaanth, N Jagadeesan, Subranshu Senapati, K Bhagath Verma, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary.

Gujarat Titans: Hardik Pandya (captain), Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh, B Sai Sudarshan, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Matthew Wade, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wriddhiman Saha, Alzarri Joseph, Darshan Nalkande, Dominic Drakes, Jayant Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, Pradeep Sangwan, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Varun Aaron, Yash Dayal.


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