Ahmedabad: Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals in the IPL T20 Cricket Series tonight at 7.30 PM at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Hardik Pandya-led defending champions Gujarat Titans are 3rd in the table with 6 points from 4 matches played this season with 3 wins and 1 loss. Rajasthan Royals led by Sanju Samson have played 4 matches and got 6 points with 3 wins and 1 loss. However, on the basis of run rate (1.588), Rajasthan is at the top of the points list. Gujarat team’s run rate is 0.341.
Gujarat, who made their debut last year, defeated Rajasthan in 3 matches, including the final, that season. In this season, both teams are evenly matched in terms of batting and bowling. However, having defeated Rajasthan 3 times in the last season, Gujarat could be psychologically stronger. Sanju Samson’s team, on the other hand, may not mind the results of the last match and focus hard on beating Gujarat for the first time.
Rajasthan openers Yashashvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler have been wreaking havoc on the opposition’s bowling in the powerplay this season.
Jos Buttler’s strike rate in the Powerplay covering the first 6 overs is 196.6. Buttler has scored 114 runs in the powerplay alone this season. Jaiswal, another opener, has been chasing 92 runs in the powerplay with a strike rate of 184. Due to this, this pair can give a serious threat to the bowling department of the Gujarat team.
If the pair can swing the bat, they can secure a first-ever win against defending champions Gujarat. Sanju Samson, Devdut Padkal, Shimran Hedmire, Aghior along with Ashwin and Jason Holder are also the ones who can add strength to the batting.
In terms of bowling, Rajasthan are the 2nd most economical runs (average of 7.3 per over) this season. In the match against Chennai Super Kings, the spin combination comprising of Adam Zamba, Ashwin and Yuvendra Chahal performed well. Mainly they kept the Chennai team’s run-quib under control in the middle overs.
However, Gujarat’s batting line-up in today’s match might be able to challenge Rajasthan’s bowling department. Because Shubman Gill, David Miller, Sai Sudarsan, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar are able to play aggressively and apply pressure. Vijay Shankar scored 63 off 24 balls against Kolkata. But Kolkata team’s Ringu Singh hit 5 sixes in the last over to help Vlasi team to win, Vijay Shankar’s performance did not get any benefit.
Mohit Sharma, who was fielded against Punjab Kings in place of Yash Dayal, who bowled 31 runs in the last over of that match, performed well with his experience and bowled 4 overs, conceding only 18 runs and contributing 2 wickets to the team’s victory. A high level of performance may again emerge from him.