The defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) started IPL 2023 with a win against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the season opener. Rashid Khan showed his class with the ball and then hit a crucial boundary to get the team over the line in the second inning.
Today, we will preview Delhi Capitals vs Gujarat Titans match which will be played at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi on April 04. The 7th match of the Indian Premier League 2023 will see two teams coming in with different results in their first game. Gujarat Titans won their first game while Delhi Capitals was crushed by the Lucknow Super Giants in their first game of IPL 2023.
Gujarat Titans are off to a winning start in IPL 2023
CSK is coming into this game with a loss in the first game. They batted first after Gujarat Titans won the toss. Moeen Ali and Ruturaj Gaikwad had a small partnership but Rashid Khan came into the attack and got the former in his very first over.
CSK lost momentum and at one stage, they were thinking of 200+, but they were restricted to 178. Skipper MS Dhoni played a small inning of 14 off 7 to give CSK a respectable total.
Wriddhiman Saha’s useful cameo of 25 off 16 balls helped GT get off to a flying start as they headed out to chase the mark. Sai Sudharsan joined as a key contributor and established an important partnership with Shubman Gill. Shubman keeps up his strong batting performance and reaches his first fifty in the IPL 2023.
GT needed 30 runs in the final three overs at one point when R Hangargekar bowled a superb over that only conceded 7 runs. Rahul Tewatia was having trouble getting started when Rashid Khan entered the scene and made things simpler.
Rahul Tewatia’s six and four in the final over helped the squad cross the finish line.
Delhi Capitals lost their first game in IPL 2023
When LSG came to bat first, they lost their captain very early in the inning. After that, Kyle Mayers took charge and targeted the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) bowlers. He shared a second-wicket partnership of 79 runs with Deepak Hooda. The former was playing his shots while the latter was only holding one end.
LSG finished with a good total of 193. K Mayers was the highest run scorer in that inning with 73 off 38 balls. Khaleel Ahmed was the pick of the bowler for DC. He took 2 wickets and went for just 30 runs in his 4 overs.
When the DC openers came out to chase the target, they got off to a flying start and quickly added 41 runs. Yet as soon as Mark Wood entered the attack, he quickly turned the game around by taking 3 wickets.
In the end, LSG easily defeated DC by 50 runs. The man of the match was Mark Wood, who took a fifer and gave away just 14 runs. Moreover, Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi each took two wickets.
DC vs Gt: Pitch Report
Delhi’s wicket is traditionally a damp wicket with some slowness in the pitch as well. But over the years in IPL, it has been a batting-friendly wicket and we can expect a good total in this game as well.
Delhi Capitals vs Gujarat Titans Probable Playing XI
GT Predicted XI
Gujarat Titans might go with the same team other than Sai Sudharsan, who came in as an impact player after Kane Williamson injured himself while fielding.
Sai Sudharsan played a small but handy knock of 22. If they think he will be good enough to bat at No. 3, they would go with him in this game as well. Otherwise, they will look into other options like Srikar Bharat and A Manohar.
GT predicted playing XI- Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Shami, J Little, A Joseph, Yash Dayal
DC Predicted XI
The only change we could see is Kamlesh Nagarkoti in place of Chetan Sakariya. The latter went for a few runs in the first game. But it would be too early to drop him just after the first outing in IPL 2023.
DC predicted playing XI- David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mitch Marsh, Rilee, Rossouw, Sarfaraz Khan (wk), Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Chetan Sakariya/ Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Khaleel Ahmed
Players to watch out for
One of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball in the world right now. Rovman Powell will be the key for DC in this game lower down the order.
Just like Powell, Kuldeep will be the key in the middle overs while bowling. The team can expect him to be in the wickets column as it will restrict the GT’s batters to go hard in the end overs.
Captain Hardik Pandya is a valuable player with both bat and ball. He is also taking responsibility by playing up in the batting order, just like last year.
He will be the key with the new ball and if he can get the team to a good start, GT can restrict DC to a small total.
IPL records and stats at Arun Jaitley Stadium:
|Arun Jaitley Stadium||Stats|
|Number of wins batting first||34|
|Number of wins batting second||42|
|Average first innings score||164.5|
|Average powerplay Score||47.6|
|Average death overs score||48|
Let’s see how the two teams played and who will come good in the 7th game of IPL 2023. Do your predictions below. Who will win this game?