Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians face each other in match number 51 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Friday. Having played 10 games, GT have sealed eight wins and 2 losses. They lead the IPL 2022 standings with 16 points from 10 games. Meanwhile, MI are placed last, with 1 win and five losses from 9 games.
Analysis of GT
The Hardik Pandya-led Titans suffered a rare loss versus Punjab Kings. GT have to improve their batting which can be vulnerable. You expect the side to make a comeback and fancy themselves. David Miller has played match-winning knocks. Rahul Tewatia has been productive with his brilliance at the death. He has continued to play the required shots and enhance his reputation as a big-match player. Hardik Pandya and Shubman Gill hold the key in this batting unit. Wriddhiman Saha has a crucial job as well.
The bowling of GT is strong. Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson have plenty of experience and expertise. Shami has 14 wickets up his sleeves and can make the difference against his former side. Both these bowlers are the wicket-taking bowlers. Rashid Khan is their trump card and he can be used well. Delhi’s Pradeep Sangwan needs to show his prowess once again.
Analysis of MI
This season has been woeful for MI and they need to play the remaining five games based on pride. MI did an able job versus RR and secured a maiden win. It should give them confidence. One would like to see chances given to young players as they are out of the race for the playoffs. MI have not done well with the bat, barring Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav. Once again, MI will rely on these two for some character against a quality GT side.
Bowling wise, MI have fallen short. Jasprit Bumrah has done well but the others around him have failed as a unit. MI need to offer more substance and stick to the basics. They will hopefully repeat a similar show as shown versus RR. Roley Meredith has done an able job so far. He can be crucial.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
GT predicted playing XI: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, P Sangwan, Mohammed Shami
MI predicted playing XI: Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard/Dewald Brevis, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith.
Which team is the predicted winner?
GT are well in reach to become the first side to grab a playoff berth in IPL 2022. Batting-wise, they would want to be a bit more consistent on that part, having enjoyed sound wins ahead of the game versus Punjab. We feel GT are the favourites here and can hand MI a loss.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
The Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai will host this affair. It has been a moderately scoring venue, averaging close to 153 in the first innings (last five matches). Games earlier saw sides scoring heavily.
Both pacers and spinners have commanded note-worthy performances at Brabourne.
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
Miller has scored 287 runs in IPL 2022 and can surpass 300 runs. He has amassed 2,261 runs overall. Rahul Tewatia has 190 runs (SR 153.22). He can surpass 200 runs. Varma has 307 runs from nine games, averaging over 40. He is MI’s leading scorer.
The major bowling stats on offer
Mohammed Shami has taken 15 wickets in IPL 2022 at 21.53, including 94 overall. GT wrist-spinner Rashid Khan has 102 wickets in the IPL and can go clear of Zaheer Khan (102). He has 9 scalps in IPL 2022.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma, David Miller, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma
All-rounders: Rahul Tewatia, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Riley Meredith.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha, Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill, Tilak Varma, David Miller
All-rounders: Rahul Tewatia, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan, J Bumrah, Riley Meredith.
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices
Hardik Pandya: With 309 runs and a prolific average of 40-plus this season, 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 after going dud in previous 2 games.
Tilak Varma: A promising young gun, Varma has made himself look solid with the bat. He is the top scorer for MI. He has a bright future ahead and can enjoy a lot of success for MI.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Suryakumar: The second-best scorer for MI, SKY is one of the star names. He has a sheer level of consistency riding on him. He can do well for MI and make sure his output can be of massive help.
Rashid Khan: The vice-captain of GT has shown his influence. He has bowled economically and taken wickets when it mattered. He has also won a couple of games with the bat.