Gujarat Titans and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in match number 40 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Wednesday. The Titans have played seven games, winning six and losing one. They have 12 points in their bag. Meanwhile, the Sunrisers have played seven games, winning five successive games. They lost the first two and since then it has been a massive turn around.
This is a crucial game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and enhance their reputation.
Analysis of GT
The Hardik Pandya-led Titans have been superb so far. Hardik Pandya has stepped up for his side, scoring the most runs. He has already mustered 295 runs so far, playing a match-winning knock versus KKR in the previous game. David Miller has chipped in as well given the GT does not bat long. He was the match-winner versus CSK and has already piled up 220 runs. GT will need Shubman Gill to fire in this game and take on a superb stocked GT side.
The bowling of GT is strong. Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson have plenty of experience and expertise. Shami has already hit double digits this season and he can make a difference for his side versus the Orange Army. Both these bowlers are the wicket-taking bowlers. Rashid Khan is their trump card and he can be used well. He passed 100 wickets in the IPL in the previous game. Alzzari Joseph and Yash Dayal can be good options to fall upon.
Analysis of SRH
Five wins from five for the 2016 champions see them in a position of promise and comfort. SRH have chased down the target in all these five wins on a comfortable basis. In the previous game, they dismissed RCB for 68. However, if they are asked to bat first, things can be interesting. The onus is on SRH’s middle-order and things have been working. Aiden Markram has been a pillar of strength. Not to forget the contributions of Rahul Tripathi. Nicholas Pooran is finding his feet as well. At the top, Abhishek Sharma has found his feet.
SRH boast of a world class bowling attack. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Marco Jansen, and Umran Malik are all delivering the goods as a unit. With GT not quite having the cushion in batting, SRH will make life difficult. SRH are bowling well and can put GT under tremendous pressure.
Notably, GT’s only loss this season came against SRH. The latter went on to win the match by eight wickets, chasing down 163.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
GT predicted playing XI: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami
SRH predicted playing XI: Kane Williamson (c), Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, J Suchith, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
Which team is the predicted winner?
With what we have seen in terms of performance, both sides will have a shout in terms of a win here. However, we feel SRH can get the job done. Their bowling is ahead of GT and batting wise, they have more experience. Kane Williamson’s captaincy is a huge plus.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
Wankhede hasn’t produced many high-scoring affairs it is known for this season. Nine matches have been played here this season. The chasing side won the first four fixtures, while the side batting first won the next four before LSG then defended their score versus CSK. The wicket has averaged close to 170 in the first innings. Pacers can have a say by bowling intelligently.
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 captain Hardik Pandya has amassed 295 runs in the ongoing season at 73.75. Overall, Pandya has 1,771 runs in the competition and can get past Mahela Jayawardene (1,802). Kane Williamson (2,028) can surpass JP Duminy (2,029) and Adam Gilchrist (2,069).
The major bowling stats on offer
Mohammed Shami has taken 10 wickets in IPL 2022, including 89 overall. The senior bowler can get past Pragyan Ojha (89), Praveen Kumar, and RP Singh (90 each). GT wrist-spinner Rashid Khan has 101 wickets in the IPL and can get past Zaheer Khan (102). Natarajan is the second-highest wicket-taker this season (15).
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: Shubman Gill, Kane Williamson, Rahul Tripathi, Abhinav Manohar, Nicholas Pooran
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Rahul Tewatia
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Marco Jansen, T Natarajan (vc), Mohammed Shami
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma, Abhinav Manohar, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Rahul Tripathi
All-rounders: H Pandya
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices
Hardik Pandya: With 295 runs at 73.75, the Indian cricketer has taken the mantle for his side and can be the real threat. Pandya has come at the crease as per situations and we expect another good knock.
T Natarajan: The left-arm fast bowler is back to his best and his offerings have helped SRH gain control. With 15 scalps already, Natarajan has been substantial. He knows his role well and can test GT.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Umran Malik: The fast bowler has been terrific in the last few games for SRH, taking wickets and bowling real quick. He deserves a shout as a vice-captain candidate. He is improving with every passing game.
Rashid Khan: The vice-captain of GT has shown his influence. He has bowled economically and taken wickets when it mattered. Rashid can have a sound game versus his former side and dictate the show.