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Gujarat Titans seek victory against Mumbai Indians to remain on top; DC beat SRH by 21 runs

By wasmulhaq 
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At Brabourne Stadium, Warner and Powell stepped down with revenge, passion, and determination to keep the Delhi Capitals’ slim chance of reaching the playoffs stage alive. DC scored a massive total of 207 in the allotted 20 overs that proved too hot for SRH to cross the line in yesterday’s match.

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Hyderabad started their innings poorly and were never in contention to chase down the mammoth total. Pooran fought a losing battle. Both teams have 10 points from as many matches, but DC are ahead amidst a better net run rate (NRR).

Encounter between top and bottom  

Gujarat Titans (GT) have been comfortably placed at No. 1 in the points table, ready to face the bottom of the table, Mumbai Indians (MI), in tonight’s encounter at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. MI have nothing to lose. They are aiming to win all their remaining matches and then wait for the mathematical calculations to determine their qualifications for the next stage. It appears to be complicated, but not impossible.

GT are in remarkable form at the moment. All the players are ready to give their every ounce of energy under the captaincy of the charismatic Hardik Pandya. The five-time champion Mumbai Indians will leave no stone unturned to get at least a moral victory against the leaders of the table. It may be possible that some players from MI who have been warming the bench for more than a month may get a chance to play.

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GT, along with LSG, have made their debut in the IPL 2022. Therefore, both the teams never met against each other in the IPL.

The battle between Ishan Kisha, the MI wicketkeeper batter, and Rashid Khan, the spin wizard of GT, would be a treat to watch. Kishan has handled Khan quite admirably. The southpaw has scored 64 runs in 51 balls and the leggie hasn’t succeeded in dislodging him in the IPL.

If MI captain Rohit Sharma remains on the wicket for a longer period, then GT bowlers may have to troll on the ground. The hitman is capable of changing the pendulum of the match quickly with his firing bat. Handling Rashid Khan needs sheer determination and shot selection against him is not a cakewalk for any batter.

Gujarat Titans need to be careful against MI in tonight’s fixture. However, GT will go all out to maintain their top position. To salvage their pride, MI would like to win the remaining matches.

Both sides have the potential to raise their game at the highest level. GT should be careful and play as per their potential to keep the morale of the team and players intact. If MI turn the tables against GT in today’s match, then Rohit Sharma’s side may get a sigh of relief and go with more energy in the remaining matches. But that’s a matter of the future. At the outset, GT are looking to notch up their 9th victory against MI in IPL 2022.

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The weather in Mumbai is cool, with the temperature likely to hang around the 30-degree mark through the course of the match. The humidity levels will remain normal, but still at a testing 60%.

Cricket fans are expected to watch another thrilling match tonight. The captaincy of Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya will be fully tested.

Wasim Haque

 

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