Gujarat and Punjab will battle it out between the wickets in the 48th match of the Indian T20 League 2022. Gujarat is currently at the top of the mountain with 16 points in their bag. Hardik Pandya’s team has lost only 1 match so far in the tournament and is still going strong.
Meanwhile, the Punjab team is struggling with consistency. The on-and-off performance of Punjab players has brought the team to number 7 spot in the points table. However, the fans are still hopeful that Mayank Agarwal and his boys will bounce back and claim the title this season.
Hardik Pandya’s first season as a captain in the Indian T20 League almost feels like a dream to the fans. The Gujarat team has put everybody on notice with their sheer excellent performance with the bat and bowl. So far, the team has lost only one match. However, most of the time, the team has effectively won matches.
The team has a perfect blend of 11 players where every player has contributed his bit for the team. Recently, wicket keeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha found his rhythm and scored decent runs with the bat. Furthermore, Pandya has hit a ton of runs for the team and is the highest run-scorer for the team with 308 runs in his bag. Rahul Tewatia has consistently proven to be a gem for the team. Tewatia has kept his cool and has pulled out the team from tough situations.
The bowling division of the team has been impregnable since the start of this season. Veterans Rashid Khan and Mohammed Shami are leading the bowling division with ease. The pace of Lockie Ferguson has proved to be lethal this season and has picked important wickets during the match.
Mayank Agarwal’s team is playing in a crucial match. They were defeated by Lucknow by 20 runs in their latest encounter, their third loss in as many games. They must go on from here if they are to have a chance to advance to the next round. As they take on the strongest team of the season, they will need a great showing from their batsmen and bowlers.
Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan, who have both performed well in the competition, will be key for the team to get off to a solid start. Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, the seasoned middle-order trio, must perform well in this must-win game. For the team to threaten the Titans, Rishi Dhawan and Jitesh Sharma must contribute fast runs down the order.
Sandeep Sharma and Arshdeep Singh have done a good job with the new ball, and the Titans will put them to the test. As their most experienced bowler, Kagiso Rabada will play the most essential role. The remainder of the bowling arsenal hasn’t had the finest competition thus far, therefore Livingstone, Rishi Dhawan, and Rahul Chahar will be required to give a major blow to Gujarat.
Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy has been a high-scoring venue and we have seen batsmen excel on a flat wicket and a fast outfield. Hitting through the line is easy against the fast bowlers who have little margin for error. Spinners have done well as the ball turns sharply on this track.
Probable Playing XI:
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
Keeper – Wriddhiman Saha (C)
Batsmen – Shikhar Dhawan, David Miller, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa
All-Rounders – Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia (VC)
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Rishi Dhawan, Alzarri Joseph
Keeper – Wriddhiman Saha, Jonny Bairstow, Jitesh Sharma
Batsmen – Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shubman Gill
All-Rounders – Rahul Tewatia, Hardik Pandya (VC)
Bowlers – Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Rashid Khan
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