The Gujarat Titans would have their tails up as they took on the Chennai Super Kings in the 62nd game of the Indian Premier League 2022. The Titans are coming into this game after a massive win against the Lucknow Super Giants. The Chennai Super Kings lost to the Mumbai Indians in the last game and with this loss have ended all their hopes of making it to the playoffs.
The Gujarat Titans have been the team to beat and win games by big margins. They are through to the next round and have won 9 out of 12 games and have played most of their key players in good form. CSK has struggled since the start of the season and must play for pride from hereon. It will be interesting to see if they can surprise everyone to win this game against a tough opponent.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS PREVIEW
MS Dhoni’s side made headlines for the wrong runs in the last few days with Ravindra Jadeja’s injury and the controversy surrounding it. This affected the side in the last game against the Mumbai Indians where they lost by 5 wickets after being bowled out for 97 runs. They can’t make it to the playoffs from here and Dhoni would like to restore lost pride by winning this game.
Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad had a poor outing against Mumbai and these two players would be key to the side’s success as they opened the batting. They had done well in the last few games. Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, and Robin Uthappa must bring their experience to play in the middle order. With Dhoni, Shivam Dube, and Dwayne Bravo to follow there is good firepower in this batting line-up.
Mukesh Choudhary has earned lots of praise and he will have to deliver early breakthroughs along with Simarjeet Singh with the new ball. Bravo has been one of the best bowlers for the side in the tournament and there would be huge hopes from him. The side would also like to see good bowling from Maheesh Theekshana and Moeen Ali in this game as this attack lacks depth.
Top Batsman – Ruturaj Gaikwad
Top Bowler – Dwayne Bravo
GUJARAT TITANS PREVIEW
Hardik Pandya’s side is enjoying a wonderful run in the tournament. They have become the first team to book a berth in the next round after their 62-run win against the Lucknow Super Giants. Their batsmen and bowlers have done well in the tournament. Pandya would be aiming to build momentum here and take confidence from their win against the Chennai Super Kings earlier in the season.
Shubman Gill has enjoyed a good run in the tournament and makes a formidable opening pair with Wriddhiman Saha. Pandya has played well, and he would aim to build a partnership with Matthew Wade in the middle order. It is the lower middle order that has made the difference for the side, and they would look for runs from the trio of David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, and Rashid Khan as all of them have looked in good touch.
Mohammad Shami bowled brilliantly in the last game and the side would like to see a good show from him sharing the new ball with Pandya. Rashid Khan has been a thorn for the opponents, and he adds to the side’s bowling strengths with Alzarri Joseph. The side would also expect to see tight spells from Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore and Yash Dayal in this game.
Top Batsman – Shubman Gill
Top Bowler – Rashid Khan
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: May 15, 3:30 PM
Mumbai would see slightly overcast skies on May 15 and the bowlers might enjoy these conditions after the kind of hitting they have had to bear. The wicket has been a good one to bat on where the ball has hit the bat nicely. The side batting first would aim to put up a score above 180 runs to feel safe here.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai is one of the best T20 venues for the batsmen. The pitch is flat and the outfield lightning-fast allowing batsmen to play their strokes easily on this surface. Fast bowlers need to be smart on this surface and use their variations to be successful. Spinners do get the ball to stop on the batsmen and turn sharply.
TOSS: TO BOWL
The wicket at this venue has been tricky occasionally and this has made it tough for the side batting first to set a score. Most sides have won games here chasing the score. Hence, we expect the side winning the toss to have little hesitation in inviting the opposition to bat first in this game.
PROBABLE PLAYING XIS FOR CSK VS GT
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo, Maheesh Theekshana, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
THE PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH:
CSK opening batter Ruturaj Gaikwad’s form has been hot and cold in this edition so far. The right-handed batter has played some excellent knocks in the tournament but has not been able to score runs consistently. Gaikwad only managed to score seven runs in his previous match, but he will look to bounce back in the next match.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH:
GT star spinner Rashid Khan was at his absolute best as he scalped four wickets in his previous match against LSG. The 23-year-old will want to emulate his performance in the next match against the defending champions CSK. The right-arm spinner will want to take the prized scalp of MS Dhoni as well.
Chennai Super Kings are out of the tournament and the defending champions have only themselves to blame. Most of their key players have failed to deliver and the side would be expecting a better show from them to restore some lost pride. Gujarat Titans have been on the opposite end of the spectrum and they are into the playoffs already. Their form and momentum would make them favorites in this game.
Gujarat Titans to win.