Defending just 30 runs in the last 30 balls is very challenging but GT bowlers proved their worth by doing the same against Lucknow Super Giants. From leaking 29 runs against KKR in just one over to saving 30 runs in 30 balls, Hardik and company have come a long way.
But the same (a win in the last game) didn’t happen for Mumbai Indians. They couldn’t score 16 runs in the last over due to a great bowling display by Arshdeep Singh. Now they would be looking for a win against GT to equal their points with them.
So Match 35 of Tata IPL 2023 would see Hardik Pandya (GT) playing against his former franchise Mumbai Indians at his home ground in Ahmedabad. Here we would cover this match in detail and a Dream 11 team will be provided at the end.
With a win against the Super Giants, Gujarat Titans are placed at number 4 in the points table with 8 points in 6 matches. Wriddhiman Saha and captain Hardik Pandya played a good knock to help their team post a respectable score.
In defending 136, Mohit Sharma and Noor Ahmad were their top stars. Mohit clinched 2 wickets for 17 runs in 3 overs while Noor spent just 18 in his quota of 4 overs and took 2 wickets. Mohit has now got two MOTMs and with the captain back in form, GT would aim for another victory at their home.
From 105/4 in 14 overs to finish with 214, the Punjab batsman went into all-attacking mode against MI bowlers in the last 6 overs. Arjun conceded 31 and Green conceded 25 in their last overs. Captain Sam Curran and Harpreet played good knocks supported by a blinder by Jitesh Sharma.
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma is looking in better touch this time as compared to his previous IPL seasons. Suryakumar Yadav is back in form and has played 2 good knocks in the last 3 games. Tim David and Tilak Verma are their other strengths in the middle order.
Veteran spinner Piyush Chawla has proved to be their best bowler this season. Archer is not looking in his best form and if he plays to his full potential supported by one more pacer, there will be no stopping for Mumbai Indians.
The match would be played at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. The pitch here is useful for the batsmen and assists fast bowlers too. All three matches here are won by the team chasing and the average first innings score here has been 186 in these games.
Players to Watch Out For
Two back-to-back performances and we can say Hardik Pandya has found his form. Apart from his batting, Hardik would help the team with his captaincy, bowling and even fielding too. He would aim to perform well against his former franchise.
The previous two games didn’t go well for Rashid but he is still the biggest challenge MI batsman need to face in their upcoming match. Khan has got 12 wickets in 6 matches and is in the top 5 wicket-takers.
Captain has not performed in IPL since 2017 but is looking in good touch this time. He has scored above 20 runs each time except the first match but is unable to convert. He played a good knock of 40+ in the last match but the team needs his presence till the end to win games.
Piyush is the best bowler for Mumbai Indians this season. He has got 9 wickets this season with an economy of fewer than 7 runs per over. When each bowler leaked a lot of runs, Piyush conceded just 15 runs in 3 overs and clinched 2 wickets.
David Miller vs Piyush Chawla: Runs-34, Balls-38, Dismissals-2
Hardik Pandya vs Jofra Archer: Runs-35, Balls-29, Dismissals-2
Shubman Gill vs Jofra Archer: Runs-9, Balls-13, Dismissals-2
Rohit Sharma vs Mohammed Shami: Runs-56, Balls-48, Dismissals-2
Rohit Sharma vs Rashid Khan: Runs-23, Balls-21, Dismissals-3
GT vs MI Dream11 Team
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