Delhi Capitals will be against the defending champions Gujarat Titans in the 7th game of IPL 2023. Delhi lost their first game against the Lucknow Super Giants by 50 runs. They’ll look to regroup as a team and bounce back strongly. Gujarat, on the other hand, started off their season in style as they defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets in the season opener. Both teams have some quality players in their ranks and it promises to be a thriller of a contest.
Delhi’s batting unit looked helpless against the pace of Mark Wood in the first game. David Warner scored 56 runs but he was not at his best with the bat. The likes of Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rovman Powell and Rilee Rossouw failed to get going. The Capitals have a very explosive batting unit which can take down any bowling unit on their day. They will be eager to bounce back in this game.
Their bowlers started off well but leaked out a lot of runs towards the end. They also need to improve their fielding. Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi will be available for this game which is a huge boost for them. Axar Patel, Khaleel Ahmed and Chetan Sakariya need to be disciplined with the ball.
Gujarat Titans were excellent with the bat in the opening game, especially Shubman Gill who scored 63 runs and kept his side in the hunt throughout the innings. Wriddhiman Saha was aggressive in the power play while Sai Sudarshan also looked in good touch. They’ll expect the likes of Hardik Pandya to do well in this game. Kane Williamson’s injury is a big blow to them but David Miller’s return will add to their batting strength.
The bowlers were decent against CSK. Alazari Joseph, Mohammad Shami and Rashid Khan bowled well. Joshua Little was a bit expensive. They have a good pace unit and Rashid Khan is their lead spinner. The Titans will look to continue the winning momentum in this game.
Pitch Venue Report
The pitch at Delhi will be a belter for batting. The pitch is flat and the ground dimensions are on the smaller side as well. Dew is expected in the latter half which means only one thing – lots of fours and sixes. The average first innings score here is 177 runs. Chasing sides have won 52% of the games played here.
Probable Playing XI
Delhi Capitals: David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Sarfaraz Khan (wk), Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Aman Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, Anrich Nortje
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammad Shami, Joshua Little, Yash Dayal
Players to Watch Out For
David Warner is the best batter from Delhi. He’s amongst the best openers in world cricket and can win games on his own when on the song. Warner scored 56 runs in the first game but he wasn’t at his fluent best. He’ll look to improve in this game.
Shubman Gill scored 64 runs in the first game against CSK. He looked in sublime touch. He’s in excellent form in recent times and is one of the best batters in the tournament. Gill takes a bit of time initially but once he’s set, he can take the game away from the opposition. He doesn’t really struggle against the spinners either and will be a key batter for Gujarat.
The spin maestro, Rashid Khan was the best bowler for Gujarat in the first game. He picked up 2 wickets and stopped the flow of runs when everyone else was going for runs. He scored crucial 10* runs with the bat as well. He’ll be a crucial player for Gujarat in this game.
Gujarat skipper Hardik Pandya didn’t really contribute in the first game but he’s one of the best players in his team. He’ll bowl 4 overs and will bat in the middle order. He is a match-winner with both bat and ball. Pandya is capable of winning games on his own and he’ll look to join the party in this match against Delhi.
David Warner vs Mohammed Shami: Runs – 99, Balls – 68, Dismissals – 2
David Warner vs Hardik Pandya: Runs – 20, Balls – 13, Dismissals – 0
Hardik Pandya vs Axar Patel: Runs – 18, Balls – 17, Dismissals – 1
Hardik Pandya vs Khaleel Ahmed: Runs – 8, Balls – 8, Dismissals – 2
Shubhman Gill vs Axar Patel: Runs – 72, Balls – 51, Dismissals – 0
David Miller vs Anrich Nortje: Runs – 21, Balls – 22, Dismissals – 1
Prithvi Shaw vs Mohammed Shami: Runs – 40, Balls – 28, Dismissals – 1
Mitchell Marsh vs Rashid Khan: Runs – 23, Balls – 26, Dismissals – 0
Rovman Powell vs Rashid Khan: Runs – 27, Balls – 37, Dismissals – 2
Mitchell Marsh vs Alzarri Joseph: Runs -47, Balls – 24, Dismissals – 1
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