Gujarat Titans GT, with a lethal bowling attack and a presence of multiple finishers, will take on former champions Rajasthan Royals RR as strong contenders in the first qualifier of the IPL today. A fit comeback, Hardik Pandya is leading a team in the IPL for the first time and has been instrumental in helping the Titans top the league stage with both bat and ball. On the other hand, Rajasthan RR also made a splendid performance in the piece by finishing second and making it to the playoffs. In todays match, the winning team will reach the final. The losing team will also have a chance and can enter the title match through the eliminator.
Gujarat Titans, who entered the IPL for the first time, surprised everyone with their performance. GT has made good use of Indian and foreign players, due to which the team was successful in reaching the final. Only one change is likely in Gujarats playing XI. In the final, the pace intimidator Lockie Ferguson may get a chance in place of fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. Many players including Hardik are in excellent form.
Hardik and David Miller batted well in the last match. On the other hand, Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan have managed to make a tremendous mark as finishers. Rashid has also scorched the bowling. Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill will once again be responsible for getting the team off to a good start. Apart from Mohammed Shami and Yash Dayal, the team will have a lot of expectations from young spinner Sai Kishore in the bowling. However, all three proved to be a bit expensive in the first qualifier..
There is no possibility of any reshuffle in the Rajasthan team and they can try only the winning combination in the final. Rajasthan will be eyeing to win the IPL title for the second time. RR won the trophy in the first season of the tournament in the year 2008. In Rajasthan, along with opener Jos Buttler, captain Samson is also in good form. Butler (824) tops the list of highest run-scorers. He has an orange cap on his head. Samson (444) is ranked ninth.
Apart from these two, Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, and Shimron Hetmyer have also scored runs on many difficult occasions. RRs bowling line-up has strong bowlers, who have the ability to tackle any situation. Trent Boult and the famous Krishna have been rocking the pace bowling while Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal are doing wonders in the spin department. Chahal is just one wicket away from getting the purple cap. Chahal and RCBs Vanindu Hasaranga have taken 26 wickets each. Hasrangas team is out.
In the second qualifier, batters managed to put on a decent show. Nine out of 11 wickets that fell in the first game were picked by the pacers. Also, batters found it easy to score runs in the second half and the team winning the toss might look to bowl in this match.
|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|