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Gujarat Titans are back on the top of the points table after beating Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets in their previous match, which was held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Gujarat Titans are on a winning run and won their last three IPL encounters, which took them to the top of the table with 12 points in 8 matches. The Team is looking a well-balanced side, as all players contribute something in every match.
Hardik Pandya’s side had a great outing at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, where they comfortably won the game against the Kolkata side, which gave them a huge blow in their last encounter in the same season. When Kolkata Knight Riders needed 28 runs in 5 balls, Rinku Singh hit 5 sixes in 5 balls, but this time Vijay Shankar’s innings of 51 runs in just 24 balls took Gujarat Titans take 2 points in their points tally.
Delhi Capitals’ happiness didn’t stay for long as they lost their last match against the same side whom they won 1st encounter against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. They lost the game by 9 runs, but they fought well till the last. At last, Mitchel Marsh gave the performance he is known for as he took 4 wickets and scored 63 runs but was still unable to make his team win because most of the other players did not contribute well.
David Warner’s side is almost out of the playoffs race because they won just 2 matches out of 8, which is an awful result for the Delhi Capitals side. The team management was one of the main reasons why the Delhi Capitals are in this spot on the points table.
Making Saurav Ganguly one of the coaches was the worst decision for the Delhi Capitals side because he doesn’t give a positive vibe and is a good person who respects others. He has been in many tough situations.
GT vs DC Head-to-Head Record
Gujarat Titans and Delhi Capitals played two matches till now, and in both matches, Gujarat Titans won. In the last match, Gujarat Titans won the fixture against the Delhi Capitals quite easily by 6 wickets in which B Sai Sudharshan played a match winnings knock of 62 runs in 48 balls, and after that, David Miller smashed down 31 runs in 16 balls to take his team over the line.
GT vs DC: Pitch Report of Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
|Batting first won||6|
|Batting second won||8|
|Average 1st innings score||183|
|Pace bowlers took||109 wickets|
|Spiner bowlers took||61 wickets|
In the first match at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, a red soil wicket was chosen for the match as BCCI wanted the IPL opening match to be high scoring. There was a bit of grass on the pitch to give some swing movement for the pacers and also to hold the pitch together.
The pitch is mostly batting-friendly still, but now 4 matches have already been played on the ground, which means there might be a bit of offer for spinners that will come in the upcoming match on this ground because it will get drier as more match goes on. It suits the Gujarat Titans team because most of the batsmen in the Titans team are technically sound batters who can hit and also use the large ground dimension to take off singles and doubles.
The Second match at this stadium will be going to be written as the best match on the pitch as Rinku Singh made his team win an impossible match and registered his name as one of the best finishers in world cricket. Rinku Singh hit 5 sixes in 5 balls when they needed 28 runs in 5 balls which was impossible, but it was Rinku who made it possible.
In the last match, Red soil pitch was used, which assisted pacers and batsmen more, which was why the pace bowlers took most of the wickets. There is a bit of talk around that this time, Black soil pitch will be used in the next match, which is slower and give more assistance to spin bowlers.
Team Preview on Gujarat Titans
Gujarat Titans are on the winning song as they once again went up the top of the points table with 12 points after playing 8 games. They are looking like defending champions and have a great chance to win back-to-back IPL trophies.
Many Fans and cricket report writers talked about the great captaincy of Hardik Pandya or the performance of the players, but the main reason why Gujarat Titans are soo good is because of their coaches and Ashish Nehra did just a mindblowing job in managing players. He gives an amazing happy vibe and is always seen smiling with players. In the last match, before the match started, he played a prank on Murali Kartik, who was having a chat with him.
Gary Kirsten is one of the best coaches in the world who made India a guide to their 2011 World Cup, and now since the debut season of the Gujarat Titans, he has been the batting coach for the side. He really improved the players like Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, and Hardik Pandya.
Gujarat Titans chased down the good total of 180 easily in their last match against the Kolkata side, who were looking better performing team till the 14th over of the 2nd innings when Vijay Shankar and David Miller were settling down.
After the 14th over, David Miller and Vijay Shankar started smashing the ball out of the ground as they needed 69 runs in 36 balls, but then Suyash Sharma came with his fourth over in which Miller hit 2 sixes to end the 4th over of Suyash with 18 runs.
Vijay Shankar then hit 3 sixes in Varun Chakaravarthy’s over that did the business for the Gujarat Titans team as they won the match before 17 over finished. They will be high on confidence against the Delhi side because the Delhi team is struggling right now, which might give Gujarat a chance to test 1 or 2 new players for the last phase of the season. So if any injury would have, that new player can adapt to the pressure and contribute something to the team.
Hardik Pandya is happy with Vijay Shankar’s performance, and he has a great chance to be in the Indian team because the middle-order spot is still open.
He is a fitter Vijay Shankar, and a more confident one. The amount of hard work he has done is terrific. At one point of time it was looking it will go to the last over as well but the way he hit a few ball, he just changed it and going forward you will see lot of innings like this from Vijay Shankar. I believe in life good guys go good places and he is one of them,”Hardik Pandya said in the Post Match Presentation.
Hardik Pandya’s captaincy gives the Gujarat Titans players calmness and confidence, just like what MS Dhoni’s captaincy does for any team he captain. Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad will be key players in the match against the Delhi Capitals team because the match will be played at Arun Jaitley Stadium
Team Preview of Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals are still at the bottom of the table, and now they are not looking like they will going to gain a position in the points table because they are not performing as a unit at all. They are just not looking like a team who can win any games.
Mitchell Marsh gave the best performance of his IPL career as he took 4 wickets and also scored 63 runs. Philip Salt was the other one who scored for the team. Other than them, no one else in the top and middle order made any contribution to the match. He got the player of the match, but he was motivated with the team, as he said in the post-match presentation.
“It was very disappointing to lose that one. We always talk about small margins in T20 cricket and there were probably a few areas where we let ourselves down but still proud of the group and a lot of belief in the group.”
“It’s very tough. I think everyone shares their disappointment about how things haven’t gone our way so far. But, we’ve got a lot of young guys that are getting some valuable experience playing at this level, which will hold Delhi in good stead for the future as well.”
“We are still alive in the tournament but we will have to play some very good cricket over the next few weeks. It’s still there and we’ve got great belief in the group that we can do it,”Mitchel Marsh Said in the Post match presentation
David Warner got out on 0 in the last match, but he is the key player for the Delhi Capitals and the highest run scorer of the team till now. He scored 306 runs in 8 matches and will be a key player against the Gujarat Titans side. In their last encounter in the IPL 2023, David Warner scored 37 runs, and this time he will be looking to score big but with a good strike rate.
Philip Salt, at last, showed his skill in the last game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He got out on 0 when they played the first match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 202. T his time, he scored 59 runs in just 35 balls and had a great partnership with Mitchell Marsh.
Delhi Capitals are still not able to fix their batting issue because all batters are not performing well, and to win the match; every batter needs to perform in the match. Axar Patel is the second-highest run-scorer of the Delhi Capitals which clearly shows that Delhi team batters are struggling to score runs because when the 5th down batsman has the 2nd highest score in the team, clearly an indicating that the middle order and top order are not in any form.
The next match against the Gujarat Titans will be at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, which favors batsman more, so there is a good chance for the Delhi Capitals players to get into the score sheet and score some runs for themselves and for the team.
GT vs DC Probable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Gujarat Titans (GT)
Wriddhiman Saha(w), Abhinav Manohar, Hardik Pandya(c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Joshua Little
Probable Lineup of Delhi Capitals (DC)
David Warner(c), Philip Salt(w), Mitchell Marsh, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Axar Patel, Ripal Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar
Impact Players who can come to the match of GT vs DC
Aman Hakim Khan can come in place of Yash Dull for Delhi Capitals and for Gujarat Titans. They might not need it this time, but they might replace Shubman Gill with Mohit Sharma.