Gujarat Titans will host Rajasthan Royals for Match 23 of Tata IPL 2023. Both the teams are in the top 3 of the points table at the moment. Can Rajasthan retain their top spot or will the Titans overtake them?
Gujarat won 3 out of their 4 matches till now. The only loss they suffered was the best finish from Rinku Singh (chased 28 in the last 5 balls) in Tata IPL history. Rajasthan has also won 3 of their matches and the only loss came against Punjab Kings (lost by 5 runs)
Titans started their season by defeating CSK at their home followed by a win against Delhi Capitals. Rinku Singh achieved the unachievable to hand GT their first loss of the season. They are on track again by defeating PBKS.
Their batting department is led by Shubman Gill. Sai Sudarshan is having a wonderful season till now, with Saha’s striking abilities being a cherry on top. Rashid Khan is the second-highest wicket-taker so far in IPL 2023 with 9 wickets. Alzarri Joseph and Mohammed Shami also have 7 wickets to their name.
They won 2 out of three games by big margins. Lost to PBKS by just 5 runs and won a nail-biting thriller against CSK on the very last ball. Chahal is the purple cap holder with 10 wickets and Ashwin and Boult also have 6 and 5 wickets to their name respectively.
Yashasvi and Buttler are able to give them a huge start in 2/4 games. Captain Sanju Samson scored 40+ in the first two games but was unable to score a run in the last two matches. Shimron Hetmeyer in the middle order is a great advantage for the Royals.
Narendra Modi Stadium offers a great pitch for the batters to bat on. It’s a pitch that supports fast bowlers but spinners have also been able to extract some help from the pitch. Both the games played here in IPL 2023 are high scoring with 191 as the average first innings score. Both the games are won by the team chasing.
Probable Playing XI
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya (C), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma, Joshua Little
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (C & WK), Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult/Kuldeep Sen, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal
Players to Watch Out For
Two 50s and a 30+ score is his performance in the current IPL season. Gill has continued his great form and is the highest run scorer for GT till now. This season, he has scored 183 runs averaging 45+ and with a strike rate of 140+.
9 wickets in 4 matches with an economy of just 7.5. He has also won one match with the bat scoring 10 runs in 3 balls. Rashid Khan has a great record against each of the Royals’ batsmen and will be the key player for GT in their 5th match.
54, 79, and 52 are his scores in the three matches he opened for Rajasthan this season. He is replicating his form from the last season and scoring runs consistently. Rashid Khan would be his biggest threat and if he manages to play him, he may score his 4th half-century of the season.
If Rashid is the second-highest wicket-taker, Yuzvendra Chahal is the purple cap holder in IPL 2023. Leaving the match against PBKS, Yuzi has performed in all other matches and would look to better his already good record against Gujarat’s batters.
Hardik Pandya vs Yuzvendra Chahal: Runs-45, Balls-49, Dismissals-2
Shubman Gill vs Ravichandran Ashwin: Runs-72, Balls-47, Dismissals-0
Wriddhiman Saha vs Trent Boult: Runs-18, Balls-19, Dismissals-2
Jos Buttler vs Rashid Khan: Runs-50, Balls-72, Dismissals-4
Jason Holder vs Alzarri Joseph: Runs-50, Balls-28, Dismissals-0
Sanju Samson vs Mohammed Shami: Runs-54, Balls28-, Dismissals-1
Jos Buttler vs Alzarri Joseph: Runs-60, Balls-25, Dismissals-0
Devdutt Padikkal vs Rashid Khan: Runs-18, Balls-23, Dismissals-2
Shimron Hetmeyer vs Mohammed Shami: Runs-24, Balls-17, Dismissals-4
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