Gujarat will come to ensure a place in the playoff against Punjab

Navi Mumbai, May 2 (PTI) Coming back from adversity, Gujarat Titans will look to cement their place in the playoffs when they take on Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday.

It has not been easy to defeat the team of Gujarat, which is participating in the IPL for the first time. They have won eight out of nine matches and registering their sixth consecutive win will make them the first team to make it to the playoffs.

The reason for this stellar performance of Gujarat is to make a strong comeback even in adverse conditions.

Be it Rahul Tewatia, David Miller, Rashid Khan or captain Hardik Pandya, all of them have produced match-winning performances in the tournament so far. If one player fails, the other takes the responsibility very well.

Hardik had said after the win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), “It is the beauty of this team that the players have shown what they can do even in difficult situations. We always encouraged them to do so.

Last time when Gujarat and Punjab met, Tewatia had given his team victory by hitting sixes in the last two balls.

Punjab will now be expecting favorable results. Also he would not want the match to reach the last ball like last time. The performance of the Punjab team has again lacked consistency and has lost five out of nine matches so far.

Their top batsmen, captain Mayank Agarwal, Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone have done well in pieces. He has to bring consistency in his performance.

In the bowling department, fast bowler Arshdeep Singh has consistently performed well. In the last match, his bowlers played well but the batsmen let him down.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has handled Matthew Wade’s place well in the Gujarat team. His opening partner Shubman Gill got off to a good start but the right-handed batsman recently struggled to score runs. He will definitely try to get back in form.

Hardik has been the mainstay of batting for Gujarat. He has played a responsible innings. Hardik has scored a total of 308 runs so far and is the third highest run-scorer in the tournament.

Miller and Tewatia play the role of the ‘finisher’ brilliantly. In the last match, Rashid Khan had also presented a good example of his skill of hitting sixes.

Gujarat has a strong bowling attack. While Mohammed Shami can wreak havoc with the new ball, Punjab batsmen will also have to be careful with the pace and variety of Lockie Ferguson.

Gujarat may also retain Pradeep Sangwan, who performed brilliantly in his first IPL match after four seasons.

The teams are as follows:

Gujarat Titans: Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh, B Sai Sudarshan, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (Captain), Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Matthew Wade, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wriddhiman Saha, Alzarri Joseph, Darshan Nalkande, Dominic Drakes, Jayant Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmed, Pradeep Sangwan, Rashid Khan, Ravi Srinivasan, Sai Kishore, Varun Aaron, Yash Dayal.

Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Shah Rukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel, Liam Livingstone, Odeon Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Hrithik Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taede, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Benny Howell.

The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.