Match: Gujarat vs Chennai, Indian T20 League
Date: 17th April, 2022
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune
Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat has been the centre of attraction so far in this season of Indian T20 League. So far, Gujarat is the only team with only one loss to their name and the new team is at the number one spot of the points table. However, their next battle is against the four-time title winner Chennai.
17th April will be the first time when both these teams will face each other in the history of this tournament. The young guns of Hardik Pandya will face off against some of the most lethal players of this sport. The fandom is eagerly waiting for this battle as both the teams have the ability to electrify the crowd.
Team Gujarat is the newest addition in the Indian T20 League. Before the tournament began, the fans had little hopes for the team because of the lack of experienced players on the field. However, Hardik Pandya’s team has silenced its haters big time. The team is currently at number one position at the points table with only one loss to their name.
Gujarat defeated Rajasthan in their last match. Skipper Hardik Pandya led the team from the front as he played a brilliant innings of 87 runs off just 52 balls. Youngster Abhinav Manohar contributed his bit for the team and played an innings of 43 runs. David Miller seemed good with the bat as he remained not out at 31 runs off 14 balls.
The bowling unit also has been upto the mark. Pacer Lockie Ferguson is on a roll this season. In the last match he took three wickets for the team and gave away just 23 runs. Youngster Yash Dayal also did his bit with the white bowl and grabbed three wickets. However, Dayal proved to be a costly bowler as he gave away 40 runs in the span of four overs.
In the recent years of the Indian T20 League, team Chennai was an epitome of success because of their impeccable records in the season. However, this time around, Chennai doesn’t seem like their former self.
The 2021 title winners are currently at number nine at the points table having won only one match so far. However, Chennai won their only match in style. Ravindra Jadeja’s team put up a massive total of 216 runs for their arch-rivals, Bangalore. Batter Robin Uthappa shocked everyone with his mind-boggling performance. The opening batter hit 88 runs off just 50 balls. However, it was Shivam Dube’s stormy innings that helped Chennai put up such a massive score. Dube remained not out and scored 95 runs off just 48 balls. He scored 68 runs from just hitting boundaries.
The thin bowling lineup has been an issue for Chennai. The lack of depth in the bowling department is something that the team is suffering since the start of this season. However, all these things changed in the last match. Maheesh Theekshana took four wickets in his four overs. Additionally, Skipper Ravindra Jadeja led from the front and sent three Bangalore players to the dressing room. Surely, with this newfound confidence, Chennai is more ready than ever.
The pitch of Maharashtra Cricket Association is a bit different than all the pitches in the Indian T20 League. The pitch is made from Black Soil, that means that the bowling side will have an upper advantage, especially the spin bowlers.
Probable Playing XI:
Matthew Wade (wk), Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal
Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
Keepers – Matthew Wade, MS Dhoni
Batters – Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu (VC), Robin Uthappa
All-rounders – Hardik Pandya (C), Dwayne Bravo, Rahul Tewatia,
Bowlers – Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan
Keepers – Matthew Wade, MS Dhoni
Batters – Shubman Gill (C), David Miller, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu
All-rounders – Hardik Pandya, Dwayne Bravo
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson (VC), Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan
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