Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans face each other in match number 35 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday. The match is being held at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. KKR are in a place of bother, losing three successive games. They have three wins and four losses. Meanwhile, high-flying GT have five wins from six and are looking strong. This is the first of the double-header on Saturday.
This is a massive game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and make their presence on the table. Here we present a complete analysis.
Analysis of KKR
The Shreyas Iyer-led KKR need to bounce back from three straight defeats. Against RR, they had the chase in control but faltered by playing the wrong shots. Aaron Finch did well versus RR, and the side will look up to him for runs. With Venkatesh Iyer struggling, KKR may be tempted to hand Sunil Narine another chance to open. Iyer can come lower down the order. Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana are the two experienced campaigners in that KKR side. Both have scored crucial runs. Andre Russell needs to find his swag back after a first-ball duck versus RR. The issues remain with Venky and Sheldon Jackson.
Bowling wise, KKR need to bring back Tim Southee, who bowled so well in the first couple of games. With Pat Cummins conceding over 12 runs every match, Southee can be a viable option for the Knights. Umesh Yadav has gone dry in the last few games. Shivam Mavi adds able support alongside Russell. Sunil Narine is their main best, with an economy rate of just over 5. Varun Chakravarthy has been identified, and bulldozed past this season. He is a worry like Cummins.
Analysis of GT
The Hardik Pandya-led Titans have been superb so far. Pandya, who missed the last game, will aim to come back. He will want to take charge and has led from the front. He is continuously doing well at number four, scoring useful runs. GT have weaknesses in the top order with question marks on Wriddhiman Saha and the hapless Vijay Shankar. A lot will depend on former KKR star Shubman Gill. In David Miller, GT have a champion performer. He has been terrific in the ongoing season and played a match-winning knock versus CSK. Rahul Tewatia can be a handful.
The bowling of GT is strong. Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson have plenty of experience and expertise. They are the wicket-taking bowlers. Rashid Khan is their trump card, and he can be used well. Alzzari Joseph and Yash Dayal can be good options to fall upon.
Both teams will meet for the first time.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
KKR predicted playing XI: Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Pat Cummins/Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
GT predicted playing XI: W Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami, A Joseph
Which team is the predicted winner?
GT are the clear favourites in this contest. KKR’s confidence has taken a hit big time. The win against RR could have been massive, but it didn’t arrive. Looking at their last three performances, KKR have been poor. Meanwhile, GT are flying high, and the numbers are backing them to come out and deliver the goods. This could be another contest where they earn valuable points and close in on the playoffs.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
The DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai will host this affair in what is a day game. The surface has been a belter of a wicket this season, averaging close to 180 in the first innings (last five matches). Among bowlers, pacers have managed to notch decent figures of late. 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 3:30 PM IST.
The major batting stats on offer
Andre Russell has 1,879 runs in the IPL and is closing in on the 1,900-run mark. Nitish Rana has 1,961 runs in the IPL and is 39 shy of 2,000. He can also get past Mike Hussey’s tally of 1,977 runs. Shreyas has 236 runs in IPL 2022. Overall, he has clobbered 2,611 runs and can surpass Murali Vijay’s tally of 2,619.
The major bowling stats on offer
Narine has taken 149 wickets in the IPL and is one shy of 150. He has six scalps this season at an economy rate of just 5.03. Mohammed Shami has 8 wickets from six games this season. Overall, he has 87 scalps and can surpass Pragyan Ojha (89).
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: Sheldon Jackson, Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, David Miller, Nitish Rana
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: Sheldon Jackson, Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, David Miller, Aaron Finch
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices
Mohammed Shami: The intelligent senior fast bowler likes bowling versus KKR and has 10 scalps. With experience and form backing him, Shami can outfox the KKR batters.
Andre Russell: The West Indian star may have missed out in terms of scoring in the last game, but expect him to make a return. He has taken wickets as well when it mattered. He has 6 scalps and 179 runs to show.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Shreyas Iyer: He has done a superb job so far, scoring the most runs for his side. He showcased his hitting range versus RR and will be keen to build on that. Iyer will be motivated to help his side get a win.
Rashid Khan: The vice-captain of GT led his side to a win over CSK; his confidence and daring are what can set him aside. This season, he has six wickets and is set to claim 100 IPL wickets in total (99).