Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans face each other in match number 24 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Thursday. The match is being held at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. Both teams have claimed three wins from four games each this season. Looking at the whole scenario, one can say both GT and RR are playoffs material. One expects a close battle on offer.
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 RR
After suffering a defeat from the jaws of a win, RR fought back in their next game versus LSG. Despite managing just 165, RR defended the score to seal two more points. For the Royals, Joe Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal continue to hold importance at the top. Sanju Samson has a crucial game ahead of him. The onus will be on Shimron Hetmyer, who continues to lift the middle-order with his fast-paced skills. RR have a solid batting line-up, and the top four could put GT into trouble.
Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal has been excellent so far. He has claimed 11 wickets so far and leads the show among bowlers. Trent Boult has been sensational as well and is a sheer match-winner. The likes of Prasidh Krishna and R Ashwin have supported the cast for these two. RR need quick wickets to put GT in a spot of bother.
Analysis of GT
The Hardik Pandya-led Titans have been superb so far but suffered a massive defeat versus SRH. They couldn’t score enough runs, managing 162/7 before SRH sealed the deal with eight wickets to spare. GT need a response now, and against RR, it will not be easy. A lot will revolve around Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya. The likes of David Miller and Tewatia have crucial jobs in hand as well. GT will have to up their game against a strong RR outfit.
The bowling of GT is strong. Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson need to get back amongst the wickets. Rashid Khan is their trump card, and he can test the likes of Hetmyer and Samson. Going into this match, GT will want to see Darshan Nalkande and Tewatia to make their presence felt in the bowling department.
The two teams haven’t met in the IPL and this is a maiden meeting.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Kuldeep Sen, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
GT predicted playing XI: Matthew Wade (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalkande
Which team is the predicted winner?
RR have a better look in terms of both bowling and batting. The addition of Rassie van der Dussen brings more depth to this batting unit. He is a class player. With the ball, Kuldeep Sen showed his strengths in the previous game, and the performance will help him. In Chahal and Boult, RR have quality eight overs to turn the game in their favor. We go with RR as the predicted winner of the match.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
As per reports, there’s a lot of grass on this pitch. The wicket will not be quick, but fairly easy-paced. The spinners will enjoy bowling on this wicket; there might be a bit of turn for them on offer. Anything around the 160-170 mark will be a good score for the side batting first.
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
Sanju Samson (3,174) can surpass former IPL star Yusuf Pathan (3,204) in terms of runs. He has scored 46 runs off 26 balls by Mohammed Shami, while the latter has dismissed him 1 time. Shubman Gill (187) is aiming to get past the 200-run mark in the IPL 2022 season.
The major bowling stats on offer
Rashid Khan has raced to 99 wickets in the IPL and is one shy of the 100-mark. He can become the 17th bowler to get to 100-plus IPL scalps. Rashid has conceded 17 runs from 26 balls against Buttler and has dismissed him 3 times. Boult has conceded 22 runs against Shubman from 23 balls, dismissing him once.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Shubman Gill
All-rounders: Rahul Tewatia, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lockie Ferguson, Rashid Khan
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, David Miller, Shimron Hetmyer, Shubman Gill
All-rounders: Rahul Tewatia, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen, Rashid Khan
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices
Jos Buttler: The Englishman is the highest scorer this season and averages in excess of 70. He will hold the key against a decent pace attack in the store. His application will be useful for RR.
Shubman Gill: With 187 runs so far, Gill has done really well. He looks elegant and classy. The youngster has played a fearless brand of cricket, and that can bode well for GT.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Yuzvendra Chahal: With 11 wickets this season and 150 overall, Chahal has been the perfect example of a consistent force. He can turn things in RR’s favor within a short span. He has bowled intelligently.
Rashid Khan: The Afghan wrist spinner is one shy of 100 wickets and is set to become the fastest to the same. Rashid will make things difficult, and he is a leading bowler in this format. RR need to be wary of him.