Gujarat Titans will look to cement their place in the playoffs when they face Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday. It has not been easy to defeat the team Gujarat, which is participating in the IPL for the first time. They have won eight out of nine matches and registering their sixth consecutive win will make them the first team to make it to the playoffs. The reason for this stellar performance of Gujarat is to make a strong comeback even in adverse conditions.
Be it Rahul Tewatia, David Miller, Rashid Khan, or captain Hardik Pandya, all of them have produced match-winning performances in the tournament so far. If one player fails, the other takes responsibility.
Punjab will now be expecting favorable results. Also, he would not want the match to reach the last ball like last time. The performance of the Punjab team has again lacked consistency and has lost five out of nine matches so far. Their top batsmen, captain Mayank Agarwal, Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone have done well in pieces. He has to bring consistency in his performance. In the bowling department, fast bowler Arshdeep Singh has done consistently well. In the last match, his bowlers played well but the batsmen let him down.
Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has handled Matthew Wades place well in the Gujarat team. His opening partner Shubman Gill got off to a good start but the right-handed batsman recently struggled to score runs. He will definitely try to get back in form. Hardik has been the mainstay of batting for Gujarat. He has played a responsible inning. Hardik has scored a total of 308 runs so far and is the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament.
Miller and Tewatia play the role of the finisher brilliantly. In the last match, Rashid Khan had also presented a good example of his skill of hitting sixes. Gujarat has a strong bowling attack. While Mohammed Shami can wreak havoc with the new ball, Punjab batsmen will also have to be careful with the pace and variety of Lockie Ferguson. Gujarat may also retain Pradeep Sangwan, who performed brilliantly in his first IPL match after four seasons.
Pitch at DY Patil Stadium has shown slowness in recent few matches, the ball is not coming with a pace. The pitch at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai is similar. If we look at the result of the last 13 matches, then the average score of the first innings has been 172 runs. Most of the teams on this ground believe in chasing the target. So it is expected that the team winning the toss will field first.
The temperature of Mumbai is expected to be 35 degree Celsius which can reach 37 to 41 degree Celsius during the day. There will be a drop in the temperature during the night which will be 28 degree Celsius. Skies are expected to remain clear. There is no chance of rain. During the day, the humidity will be 70 to 75 percent, which will drop to 53 percent during the night.
1. Shubman Gill, 2. Wriddhiman Saha(WK), 3. Sai Sudharsan, 4. Hardik Pandya(C), 5. David Miller, 6.Rahul Tewatia, 7. Rashid-Khan, 8.Pradeep Sangwan, 9.Alzarri Joseph, 10.Lockie Ferguson, 11.Mohammed Shami
1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Mayank Agarwal(C), 3. Jonny Bairstow(WK), 4. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 5. Liam Livingstone, 6.Jitesh Sharma(WK), 7. Rishi Dhawan, 8.Kagiso Rabada, 9. Rahul Chahar, 10.Sandeep Sharma, 11.Arshdeep Singh
|1||Gujrat Titans - Q||14||10||4||0||0.316||20|
|2||Rajasthan Royals - Q||14||9||5||0||0.298||18|
|3||Lucknow Super Giants - Q||14||9||5||0||0.251||18|
|4||Royal Challengers Bangalore - Q||14||8||6||0||-0.253||16|
|5||Delhi Capitals - E||14||8||6||0||0.204||14|
|6||Punjab Kings - E||14||7||7||0||0.126||14|
|7||Kolkata Knight Riders - E||14||6||8||0||0.146||12|
|8||Sunrisers Hyderabad - E||14||6||8||0||-0.379||12|
|9||Chennai Super Kings - E||14||4||10||0||-0.203||8|
|10||Mumbai Indians - E||14||4||10||0||-0.506||8|
|Recent Forms: W = Won, L = Lost, T = Tie, D = Draw, NR = No Result|