Defending champions Gujarat Titans and five-time champions Mumbai Indians will face each other for the third time in the all-important Qualifier 2 of Indian Premier League 2023 at the World’s Largest Stadium- the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday, May 26th 2023.
Gujarat Titans will be coming into the contest, after being toppled by four-time champions Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier-1 by 15 runs. Since they lost the match in Qualifier-1, GT have one more chance to cement their place in the finals. They lost their game due to very rare batting collapse, and Shubman Gill was the only batter to put up a decent performance as he scored 42 runs, while Rashid Khan, towards the end, scored a 16-ball 30 which helped them only to reduce the margin of defeat.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will be heading into the game, after toppling the third placed Lucknow Super Giants by a massive 81-run margin in the Eliminator of IPL 2023. They registered their first win over LSG in IPL, eventually knocking them out of the contest. Akash Madhwal was the sole reason, as he registered his best bowling figures of 5/5 in 3.3 overs. Since they won the eliminator, they will need one more win to reach their seventh finals in IPL.
For GT, Shubman Gill has been the go-to batter, as he has so far aggregated 722 runs in 15 games at an impressive average of 55.54 and he now needs just nine runs to claim the Orange Cap, while Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha and Hardik Pandya have all contributed with 301,299 and 297 runs, respectively. In the bowling department, Mohammed Shami holds the key with 26 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 17.35 and he currently holds the Purple Cap. His fellow teammate, Rashid Khan has taken 25 wickets in 15 games at an average of 19. GT will look to bounce back their winning ways, to reach their second consecutive finals.
For MI, Suryakumar Yadav has been their best batter, as he has so far aggregated 544 runs in 15 games at a stupendous average of 41.85, while Ishan Kishan has contributed 454 runs in 15 games, averaging 30.27. Cameron Green too has aggregated 422 runs at a phenomenal average of 52.75. In the bowling department, Piyush Chawla holds the key with 21 wickets in 15 games, while Jason Behrendorff has managed to pick 14 wickets. The young sensation, Akash Madhwal has been very impressive with the ball, picking 13 wickets in 7 games at a strike rate of 9.9. MI would look to carry the winning momentum.
Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians Head-to-Head Record:
In the three games played between the two teams, MI edge over GT with 2 wins, while GT have won the contest once.
IPL Stats and Records at Narendra Modi Stadium:
Both the spinners and pacers have enjoyed bowling at this venue, with spin bowlers averaging at 29 and pacers averaging at 30.3. When compared to pacers spinners have better economy of 7.5 to pacers economy of 8.1. In the 25 matches played at this ground, teams batting second have won 13 games compared to teams batting first, who have won 12 games. Gujarat Titans have won five games they played at this venue and lost two games as well. Teams winning toss preferred chasing.
Narendra Modi Stadium
Number of wins batting first
Number of wins batting second
Average First Innings score
Average powerplay Score
Average death overs score in last five games
GT vs MI Strategy and Match-ups:
Piyush Chawla has bowled well against David Miller, picking him twice in 50 balls and have conceded only 60 runs, Chawla has also got a good matchup against Wridhimman Saha as he dismissed him thrice in 61 balls but has leaked 100 runs in same number of balls. Akash Madhwal has picked Shubman Gill once in five balls, while giving away 3 runs. Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma go neck-to-neck against each other with Shami picking him twice in 54 balls and Rohit scoring 64 runs in same number of balls.
Rohit Sharma has also struggled against Rashid Khan, being dismissed four times in just 26 balls and have scored only 29 runs. Ishan Kishan and Rashid Khan has also got good matchups, in as many as 64 balls played, Ishan Kishan has managed to score 76 runs, while Rashid Khan has managed to pick him twice. Hardik Pandya will ploy around with bringing Rashid Khan in the powerplay to counter both Rohit and Kishan early on.
Highest and Lowest Totals:
GT’s highest total against MI is 207, while their lowest total is 172.
Mi’s highest total against GT is 218, while their lowest total is 152.
Players to Watch Out For:
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami
Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Cameron Green
GT vs MI Squads:
Hardik Pandya (C), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharsan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande, Jayant Yadav, R Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Dasun Shanaka, Odean Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma, Sandeep Warrier, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Dewald Brevis, Tilak Varma, Jofra Archer, Tim David, Mohd Arshad Khan, Ramandeep Singh, Hrithik Shokeen, Arjun Tendulkar, Tristan Stubbs, Kumar Kartikeya, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal, Cameron Green, Riley Meredith, Piyush Chawla, Duan Jansen, Vishnu Vinod, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Raghav Goyal