GT vs CSK: Chennai Super Kings will look to strengthen their claim for playoff by defeating Gujarat Titans.

Despite the absence of key players due to injuries and international commitments, Chennai Super Kings will look to strengthen their claim for the playoffs by defeating Gujarat Titans in the 12th round of IPL on Friday. Chennai has 12 points from 11 matches and a win over Gujarat will be very important for them as their place in the playoffs is still not confirmed and a defeat can cost them heavily.

Deepak Chahar and Mathisha Pathirana are out of the tournament due to injuries while Mustafizur Rahman has gone to play for Bangladesh. Now the responsibility of attack will be on Chennai’s three spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner and Moeen Ali. The way Chennai won the match against Punjab Kings in Dharamshala after scoring 167 runs, the hopes of the fans will be high. By defeating Gujarat, Chennai will reach the third position above Sunrisers Hyderabad in the points table.

Among the three teams which have 12 points so far, Chennai (plus 0.700) has the best run rate. Gujarat has 14 points and is not completely out of the race but the journey ahead is very difficult for Shubman Gill’s team. The morale of the team, which could register only one win in the last five matches, has fallen. In the absence of Mohammed Shami, there is no edge in the bowling. Whereas Gill himself could not reach double digits in three out of the last five matches and his highest score was 35. Sai Sudarshan, Shahrukh Khan and David Miller are not performing well consistently.

Among the bowlers, Mohit Sharma and Josh Little have proved to be expensive. Afghanistan’s spinners Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed were also not that effective due to lack of help from the new ball bowlers. On the other hand, Ruturaj Gaikwad of Chennai has captained from the front. He scored 541 runs in 11 matches and is just one run behind Virat Kohli in the race for the Orange Cap. Simarjeet Singh, who was an impact player against Punjab, bowled at a speed of 140 and took two wickets for 16 runs in three overs.


Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad (captain), MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Araveli Avneesh, Ajinkya Rahane, Sheikh Rashid, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dubey, RS Hungerkar, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajay Jadav Mandal, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Nishant Sindhu, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Choudhary, Mathisha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Prashant Solanki, Shardul Thakur, Mahesh Tikshna and Sameer Rizvi.

Gujarat Titans: Shubhman Gill (captain), David Miller, Matthew Wade, Wriddhiman Saha, Robin Minz, Kane Williamson, Abhinav Mandhar, B Sai Sudarshan, Darshan Nalkande, Vijay Shankar, Azmatullah Omarzai, Shahrukh Khan, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Karthik. Tyagi, Shashant Mishra, Spencer Johnson, Noor Ahmed, Sai Kishore, Umesh Yadav, Rashid Khan, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma and Manav Sutar.

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