We are in a very crucial situation in this edition of IPL. 50 matches have been played, and we cannot predict which are the top four teams by the end. Now, we will witness a clash between the top two teams in such a situation – Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. Unfortunately for LSG, KL Rahul got ruled out of the tournament because of his thigh injury. This is a huge setback for LSG as it will be tough for K Pandya or any other player to do the captain role suddenly. On the other hand, GT is staunch with a strong lineup of players. Even though they had a stunning defeat against DC, they came back stronger against RR with a huge win.
Time: 3.30 PM IST
Venue : Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
A good batting wicket which will make us witness a high scoring game. At the same time, fast bowlers will enjoy bowling on this surface as it would provide bounce and extra nip.
What to Expect?
GT is a strong home team so far. And it is expected to be the same as LSG is lacking their main skipper, who is also one of the main batters. Even with the spin department, GT is outstanding with Rashid and Noor making fantastic efforts every now and then.
Probable Playing XIs
LSG Possible XII:
Nicholas Pooran(wk), Kyle Mayers, Manan Vohra, Karan Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen ul Haq, Marcus Stoinis, Amit Mishra, Mohsin Khan
GT Possible XII:
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Hardik Pandya(C), Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid-Khan, Mohammed Shami, Joshua Little, Noor Ahmad, Mohit Sharma, Abhinav Manohar
Fantasy Picks for the GT vs LSG Match
The Ahmedabad pitch conditions suit Miller the most for his free hitting style. He has been doing the match winning job well except the last two games, among the one he didn’t even get the chance to bat.
Vice captain: R Khan
Marcus Stoinis, who showed a glimpse of what he could do when he is in a good touch, will definitely make use of these batting friendly conditions.
Wicketkeepers: N Pooran
Pooran’s role with the death overs is highly important for LSG to win this game. Since this wicket offers pace, Pooran will gladly accept the challenge here.
Batsmen: Gill, Manohar, Miller, Badoni
Manohar’s little cameos in the past games showed why he has been trusted for that role.
Badoni has never missed impressing with his batting. Since he has been promoted up the order, a lot can be expected from him in the coming games.
Gill is in excellent touch and it is not a good plan to miss him out.
All rounders: Stoinis, H Pandya, Shankar
Hardik plays the anchoring role. So there is only less chance for him to lose his wicket early.
Vijay Shankar has changed things with his extraordinary performance. He is in the right space of mind. It will obviously help him do more.
Bowlers: R Khan, Naveen, Mishra
Both the wrist spinners Rashid and Mishra, are too good for a match like this. When the run rate goes high they are the right picks for their skippers to go to.
Naveen has been impressive right from his debut in this IPL. He is able to pick wickets and that is what we need from our player.
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