Gujarat and Chennai will lock horns at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune on April 17. Both teams have had opposite fortunes in the season so far. Gujarat has won four of five games while Chennai has won one out of five. Chennai won their last game and will be looking forward to building on their winning momentum.
The team won first three games and then lost to Hyderabad before getting back to winning ways against Rajasthan. The team will be happy to see their skipper Hardik Pandya getting back to explosive form in the game against Rajasthan. Expect them to go unchanged in the next game.
Hardik PandyaÂ The skipper scored an unbeaten 87 runs off 52 balls in the last game against Rajasthan. He came in at tough situation and turned the game on his head. Pandya will be keen to do well in the next game as well.
Mohammed Shami â€“ The right-arm pacer has been the strike bowler for Hyderabad. Shami swings the ball both ways thus has picked early wickets in almost every game, giving Gujarat a big advantage.
Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade (wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal
The team won their first game against Bangalore after losing their first four. The team is dealing with the injuries to Deepak Chahar and Adam Milne. The former has been ruled out of the entire season. The team is likely to go unchanged in the game with not many resources available.
Shivam Dube: The left-hander might be a weak link in the bowling but is a dangerous batter. He has hit two explosive fifties in the tournament so far. He might do well once again with the kind of form he is in
Maheesh Theekshana:Â The mystery spinner from Sri Lanka took four wickets in the last game against Bangalore. He has plenty of variations up his sleeves which makes him a tough bowler to face.Â
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Time:Â 07:30 PM IST
Live Telecast:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report: The surface is a good one to bat. However, the seamers get some help early on. Spinners also will have something to exploit from the surface. The team winning the toss might field first given the dew. However, with dying wicket, the skippers might take a different route and opt to bat first as chasing won’t be easy.