After losing to Chennai Super Kings(CSK) in Qualifier 1, Gujarat Titans have another opportunity to get into the finals of IPL 2023 as they take on Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 on Friday, May 26, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. GT were undone by Chennai’s bowling attack as they failed to chase down the target of 173 and got bundled out for 157.
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The Hardik Pandya-led side will be playing on their home ground against MI and are expected to make a turnaround in the big game. However, they will face a tough challenge from Mumbai Indians, who are peaking at the right time and are coming into the fixture after winning three games on the trot. Hence, Gujarat will once again have to field a strong Playing XI in order to defeat Mumbai Indians.
Here’s Gujarat Titans’ predicted XI against Mumbai Indians:
Openers: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Shubman Gill continued his brilliant form against CSK; however, could not get to a big score as he got dismissed after scoring 42 off 38 balls. The 23-year-old is in the race for the IPL Orange Cap as he’s the second-highest run-scorer of the season with 722 runs to his name at an average of 55.53 and a strike rate of 149.17 with two hundreds and four fifties to his name. Gill is just eight runs behind Faf du Plessis and will look to claim the Orange Cap with a big score against MI.
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Wriddhiman Saha once again failed to fire against CSK as he departed after scoring just 12 off 11. It was the fourth consecutive failure for the wicketkeeper batter after good knocks of 41* and 81 against Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants. The 38-year-old will look to bring his A-game to the fore as the defending champions aim to enter their second successive final in a row.
Middle Order: Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia
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Vijay Shankar was sent lower down the order against CSK as an impact player and could only score 14 off ten balls. The all-rounder has been used as a proper batter by the side and has scored 301 runs in 10 innings with three half-centuries to his name. With GT desperate for a win in Qualifier 2, Shankar will be eager to put in another match-winning performance against MI.
David Miller also departed cheaply against CSK after scoring just four off six balls. The southpaw has failed to fire in the last three innings, with scores of seven, six and four against his name. Miller will also look to rip apart MI’s bowling attack and seal the place in the final for his side.
Rahul Tewatia also departed cheaply against MI, scoring just three runs off five balls. The southpaw hasn’t had memorable outings in the last four innings; however, he’s proven his mettle time and again as a finisher, batting at a strike rate of 152.63. Tewatia will once again look to play a heroic knock against MI and take his team into the final in style.
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya (c), Rashid Khan
Hardik Pandya. (Photo Source: BCCI/IPL)
Captain Hardik Pandya hasn’t had a memorable season so far, having scored 297 runs in 13 innings at an average of 27 with two fifties to his name. He also hasn’t had a memorable outing with the ball, having picked up just three wickets in 22 overs and leaking runs at an economy of 8.63. There won’t be a better time for the skipper to shine than in the playoffs. Hence, the 29-year-old will look to rise to the occasion and play a captain’s knock to take his team to the final.
Rashid Khan is in the race for the IPL Purple Cap, as he’s the second-highest wicket-taker of the season with 25 wickets to his name at an average of 19 and an economy of 7.91. Rashid didn’t have a good game against CSK, picking up 1/37 in his four-over spell. With the bat, he played a brilliant cameo of 30 off 16 balls to take his team closer to victory. The wrist-spinner will look to put up another marvellous all-round show against MI and take his team to the final.
Bowlers: Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma
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Mohammed Shami is the IPL purple cap holder being the highest wicket-taker of the season with 26 scalps to his name at an average of 17.38 and an economy of 7.66. The right-arm seamer has been phenomenal with the new ball with his ability to pick wickets at the top. Shami will look to once again start well with the new ball and take his team to the finals.
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Noor Ahmad bowled a good spell of 1/29 in four overs against CSK and got the prized scalp of the dangerous Shivam Dube. The left-arm spinner has done a remarkable job replacing Alzarri Joseph in the playing XI, having picked up 14 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 22.64 and an economy of 7.89. The 18-year-old will once again look to stop the run-flow in the middle overs and build pressure on the opposition against MI.
Mohit Sharma once again dazzled with the ball against CSK as he picked 2/31 in his four-over spell. The 34-year-old has had a fairy-tale comeback to IPL after three years, as he’s picked up 19 wickets in 12 innings at an average of 16.57 and an economy of 8.11. Sharma will be eager to bowl his side to another win against MI and take them one step closer to a successful title defence.
Gujarat Titans (GT) Probable Playing XI:
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami
Gujarat Titans (GT) Probable Impact Players:
R Sai Kishore, Dasun Shanaka, K Srikar Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Jayant Yadav