Hardik Pandya is the one in possession of his rival's trade secrets in Ahmedabad, the land of traders.
A result of Mumbai Indians, Hardik has cut his own heritage as an effective pioneer with Gujarat Titans, and taken them to consecutive end of the season games in two seasons. But will that be enough to stop the rampaging Mumbai Indians, a team that has refused to give up because of its own pain and losses on its way to the IPL final yet again?
In the second qualifying round on Friday, how significant would those trade secrets really be? All things considered, in end of the season games, Mumbai Indians have generally introduced their most ideal adaptation - winning 9 out of multiple times. In addition, they are the only team to defeat the Gujarat Titans multiple times. Most importantly, despite a slow start and the absence of key personnel, they face the league's leaders in the penultimate match of the season.
Who in fact controls the momentum?
Just seven days prior, Shane Bond, Mumbai Indians' bowling trainer, was outraged and would rather do anything other than to conceal his disappointment following Mumbai Indians' misfortune against Lucknow Super Monsters in the association stage. The bowlers were not adhering to their arrangements, he whined. According to him, there was no justification for the fact that their attack was hindered by the absence of their two most crucial investments, Jofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah.
Their younger members have shown up. Akash Madhwal may not conceal for the shortfall of Bumrah and Toxophilite, yet his intense improvement has facilitated a touch of Mumbai Indians' concerns. His economy rate in the powerplay (7.25) and demise overs (7.26) has permitted the unfamiliar pacers - Jason Behrendorff and Chris Jordan - to work unreservedly in their more particular jobs.
The five-time champions have been able to build a team that can not only bowl out opponents but also score big runs, much like Titans, thanks to the batting power of Nehal Wadhera and Tilak Varma.
Pacers have had more outcome in Ahmedabad than whatever other setting this season, and in the event that MI's non-liked opening bowlers - who have worked on essentially in the final part of the competition - can excuse the top-request early, they could represent a solid test.
In high-pressure games, both teams have the resources and confidence to succeed. Both teams prefer to project a calm image. A live Friday blockbuster has been promised and marked.
When: Friday, March 26, 2023, 7:30 PM IST
Where: Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
What to expect: The temperature is likely to hover around the 40-degree mark. On what's expected to be a fast track with ample run-scoring opportunities, both teams would look to chase, especially given their high-success rate while batting second. Dew, however, is not expected to play a big part.
Head to head: Gujarat Titans 1 - 2 Mumbai Indians.
Tactics & Matchups: Mohammed Shami will hold the key in the Powerplay. Mumbai Indians openers - Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan - have struggled to score freely against the seamer, scoring at a strike rate of 118.52 and 105.56 respectively in the IPL.
Probable XII: Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Dasun Shanaka, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph/Noor Ahmed/Josh Little, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma
Strategies and Matchups: Suryakumar Yadav will hold the critical in the center request. He is one of the few batters in the IPL who hasn't been thrown out by Rashid Khan, who has done a great job against MI otherwise. The two have had a 47-ball go head to head, with Surya scoring 67 goes against the leggie. Going against the norm, GT's center request hitters have battled against left-arm standard twist, with Hardik, Shankar, Mill operator and Tewatia scoring at a strike pace of under 120.
Probable XII: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Kumar Kartikeya, Jason Behrendorff
Did You Know:
Even though David Miller only scored one fifty against the Mumbai Indians, he hits at over 140 and averages 40 against MI. In Ahmedabad, this season, he has scored at a normal of 41.6 and a strike pace of 167.74
Mohammed Shami has never excused Ishan Kishan in IPL in the 54-ball go head to head between the two
Shubman Gill is currently behind Virat Kohli's 973 runs in IPL 2016 as the second-highest Indian run-getter in an IPL season with 722 runs. Additionally, he is nine runs away from winning Faf du Plessis' Orange Cap. He would become the sixth Indian player to finish a season with the most runs scored.
What They Said:
He (Akash Madhwal) was a support bowler for the team last year, and when Jofra left, I knew he had the skills and character to help us. Many Mumbai Indians players have gone on to play for India over the years. It is essential to make them (youths) feel extraordinary and cause them to feel part of the group, my responsibility is to simply make them agreeable in the center. Rohit Sharma, MI captain, on Akash Madhwal's success: "They are very clear in their roles about what they need to do for the team, and that's what you want."
We shouldn't really investigate it, in my opinion. To guarantee our place in the final, we must play two more games two days later. Simply concentrate on the excellent things we've done this season. After the defeat against CSK in Qualifier 1, GT captain Hardik Pandya said, "If we can win the next game, it would be a really good sight to meet him on Sunday."
Gujarat Titans Squad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya(c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Dasun Shanaka, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Darshan Nalkande, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Sai Sudharsan, Srikar Bharat, Jayant Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Joshua Little, Pradeep Sangwan, Matthew Wade, Abhinav Manohar, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Urvil Patel, Yash Dayal
Mumbai Indians Squad: Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Jason Behrendorff, Nehal Wadhera, Vishnu Vinod, Ramandeep Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith, Shams Mulani, Arjun Tendulkar, Duan Jansen, Arshad Khan, Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Brevis, Raghav Goyal