GT vs MI Preview: Hardik Pandya will be in front of Mumbai Indians for the first time, Gujarat will have to overcome these shortcomings


Mumbai: Points-toppers Gujarat Titans on Friday made a comeback in the IPL 2022 to overcome their top-order shortcomings and return to winning streak against the already out-running Mumbai Indians for a playoff spot. Will try to make sure. Gujarat Titans suffered an eight-wicket loss to Punjab Kings in the previous match, breaking their five-match winning streak.

Till now, the consistency in the batting department, especially in the top-order, has been a problem for him throughout the tournament and now is the time for the new IPL team to rectify this gap towards the end of the league. Despite the loss, Gujarat Titans continue to lead the 10-team table with 16 points from 10 matches and a win on Friday will make them the first team to secure a place in the playoffs.

Young Shubman Gill failed to live up to the expectations at the top of the order while veteran Wriddhiman Saha, who replaced Matthew Wade, got off to a good start but could not keep it up. B Sai Sudarshan, who was still the weak link for the team, saved the team in the last match by scoring 65 runs in 50 balls, in which everyone was unsuccessful. Captain Hardik Pandya, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan also could not run against Punjab.

Rashid has done exceptionally well and has been instrumental in the success of Gujarat Titans so far. But this quartet is well aware of how important they are to the team. That’s why all four of them would like to bring the team back with a great performance.

Hardik has been a pillar of the Gujarat Titans’ batting, scoring 309 runs in the team but failing in two consecutive matches, he will be desperate to play a big innings. Miller and sixes great Tewatia and Rashid will also be eager to prove themselves after the failure.

With the presence of Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Alzarri Joseph and Rashid, Gujarat Titans have the most dangerous attack in this year’s IPL. Shami has done well with the new ball despite the run-up loss in the previous match, while Ferguson’s ability to pick up extra pace will be a concern for any batting line-up. Rashid has also been very economical in bowling but has not been very successful in picking up wickets which will be a matter of concern for the team.

Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, are at the last position in the table and are already out of the tournament after eight consecutive losses. But the Rohit Sharma-led side must have breathed a sigh of relief after registering a five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals which was their first win in the tournament. Suryakumar Yadav has been Mumbai’s star in the batting department otherwise there has been a lack of cohesion in the batting unit.

Rohit and Ishaan’s poor form continues in the tournament while Kieron Pollard has not been able to do justice to his ‘finisher’ role in the season so far. In the bowling department, the Mumbai team doesn’t look close to its best. Jasprit Bumrah may have been economical but has not been able to pick up wickets which has been the most painful for the team. Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith have done well in the middle and apart from Bumrah, Mumbai have no reliable bowler.

Now Mumbai Indians will try to spoil the equations of other teams in the remaining matches.

Probable playing XI
Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami.

Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Tim David, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Kieron Pollard, Hrithik Shokeen, Daniel Sams, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Karthikeya, Riley Meredith.

Timings: The match will start at 7.30 pm.