Gujarat Titans and Delhi Capitals face each other in match number 10 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. The match is being held at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune. The Hardik Pandya-led Titans side won their first encounter versus fellow debutants Lucknow Super Giants.
As far as the Capitals are concerned, the earned an impressive win over Mumbai Indians. Both teams can outshine each other on the night, and bowling will play a major role, besides good work like catches and run-outs on the field. One expects a high-scoring affair as usual.
Analysis of GT
GT got the job done against LSG, which will help them in terms of confidence. What they did well was to get key wickets upfront, and that somehow stalled LSG. Key wickets in the PP overs against DC will serve GT well. Mohammed Shami was in red-hot form, and his presence means a lot. Shami stuck to Test match length early on, and it paid dividends. Rashid Khan is a match-winner in his own right, and he promises to claim a wicket or two. Hardik Pandya’s four overs will mean a lot. So he needs to be ready.
In terms of batting, GT will need openers Shubman Gill and Matthew Wade to give them an ideal start upfront. With Vijay Shankar not in the best of touches, their application is vital. GT have a decent middle-order, and Pandya, with the likes of Rahul Tewatia and Abhinav Manohar, can prove to be handy. Plus, there is the vital experience of David Miller, who can calm things around him.
Analysis of DC
The Capitals will be bolstered by the return of Sarfaraz Khan, who is expected to replace Mandeep Singh. Also, international pacers Lungi Ngidi and Mustafizur Rahman return too. One of them can be drafted into the side straight away. Khaleel Ahmed, Axar Patel, and Lalit Yadav will lend a voice. And not to forget, bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur. Altogether, DC have variety and voice in bowling. This will test the GT batters.
In terms of batting, until the return of David Warner, DC will have to work with Tim Seifert. The Kiwi star and Prithvi Shaw need to negotiate the early threat GT bowlers possess upfront. Kuldeep, Shardul, and Axar have a crucial role ahead, given that DC are a bit short in batting. Their role as big-hitters at the death can be immense. DC need to bat well, given that a lot is riding on Rishabh Pant and Shaw.
The two teams will meet each other for the first time in the IPL, given GT are a new side introduced this season.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
GT predicted playing XI: Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade (wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron.
DC predicted playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Tim Seifert, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Rovman Powell, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.
Which team is the predicted winner?
Given the personnel on paper, GT seems a bit more balanced. The batting looks more refined than DC. You get match-winners in the form of Pandya, Miller, and Tewatia. In Shubman, you get quality upfront. Also, GT’s pace duo of Ferguson and Shami can be lethal. Then there is Rashid Khan, who has been superb in the IPL over the years. For DC, they are spoilt in options with the ball, but it’s the batting that’s a bit of a worry. That’s where GT can trump DC and be more sound. We go with the Titans as predicted winners.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
The MCA Stadium pitch will assist batters and promises to be a rack that can support big runs. However, spinners can be crucial as the match progresses. Also, pacers need to bowl well upfront to get desired help. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.
The major batting stats on offer
GT opener Shubman Gill is one hefty knock away to register 1,500 runs in the IPL. He has 1,417 runs at 30.80. He can also get to 300 runs versus DC (262). David Miller (2,004 runs) can get past Aaron Finch (2,005), Glenn Maxwell (2,018), and JP Duminy (2,029) in terms of IPL runs.
The major bowling stats on offer
In terms of bowling, Shami (82) can steer clear of Imran Tahir (82), besides going past the likes of Albie Morkel and Jaydev Unadkat (85 each). Shami can get to double digits versus his former side DC (8 wickets). Wrist-spinner Rashid Khan has claimed 94 IPL scalps and can close in on Dale Steyn (97) and get past Chris Morris (95).
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: Rishabh Pant, Matthew Wade, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, David Miller
All-rounders: Lalit Yadav, Rahul Tewatia
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: Rishabh Pant, Tim Seifert, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, David Miller
All-rounders: Rahul Tewatia, Axar Patel
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices
Rishabh Pant: The DC skipper can set the tone for his side with a wide range of shots. Pant can be a floater and take responsibility. He will need to stay longer and bring the momentum for DC. He is DC’s most sorted player with the bat. Also, keeping means, he can give extra points.
Rahul Tewatia: A sheer match-winner, Tewatia can take on any bowling unit on his own. He has the eye for the big shots, and we have witnessed his ability to come out and take the game away in a flash.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Kuldeep Yadav: After not getting his chances and being left in the cold by KKR, Kuldeep was backed by DC in the first game itself, and he returned with a couple of wickets. He is a confident bowler, and at DC, he can thrive.
Mohammed Shami: The Indian speedster has the knack of picking up early wickets, which can set the tone for GT. Shami is a purist with the new ball, and his impact can be immense. He can give any fan the desired points.