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IPL 2022 – Predicted Gujarat Titans squad to face the Punjab Kings

Gujarat Titans have been the season’s surprise package, having started well despite a lacklustre auction. The franchise is undefeated in the tournament, having won two games in a row, and Hardik Pandya has been quite impressive in his captaincy, which was a major question mark heading into this edition.

The new franchise chased down 159 in their first game, with the middle-order stepping up, while the top-order stepped up in their second game. They successfully defended 171 in their previous game thanks to a strong bowling effort, and much credit must also be given to the new skipper for his bowling changes.

They do, however, have some areas of concern and will likely be put to the test more as the tournament progresses. Gujarat Titans’ upcoming match against Punjab Kings is critical for them to maintain their winning momentum, as Punjab have some potent hitters in their line-up, making it a mouth-watering contest.

In this article, we are going to walk you through our Gujarat Titans Predicted XI to face the Punjab Kings.

Shubman Gill and Matthew Wade to open the innings with the bat

 

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Shubman Gill had an outstanding performance against the Delhi Capitals in the previous game and appeared to be in sublime form. His strike rate continued to improve as he progressed through the phases and he finished with a match-winning 84 off 46 deliveries, which included six fours and four sixes. The right-hander laid the groundwork for his team’s late-innings flourish.

Matthew Wade was dismissed for 1 in the first over of the previous game. Once he gets going, the wicketkeeper-batsman can provide some outstanding starts. Wade, on the other hand, will be under pressure to perform with Wriddhiman Saha and Rahmanullah Gurbaz waiting in the wings.

 

David Miller, Abhinav Sadarangani provide a solid middle order

 

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David Miller has had a solid start to the tournament, scoring an unbeaten 20 off 15 balls against the Delhi Capitals in his previous game. Once he gets his eyes in, the left-hander can be lethal in the late innings, and it’s difficult to stop him when he’s in the zone. It’ll be interesting to see if Killer Miller, who was brutal in the past, can resurface.

Abhinav Sadarangani established himself in the IPL this season after leading Karnataka to victory in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He demonstrated why he is so highly rated in the first game, as he calmly assisted Gujarat in chasing down the score. He was dismissed for a single in the previous game, but will see extended action in Gujarat colours.

 

Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Tewatia come in as all-rounders

 

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Vijay Shankar has struggled mightily in the first two innings. The good news is that his franchise has been winning games, and he will be fortunate to receive additional opportunities. Shankar possesses the ability to effortlessly clear the ropes and is also a useful all-rounder.

There were some concerns about Hardik Pandya’s fitness, but he has been quite exceptional with both bat and ball thus far, and the added responsibility of captaincy has benefited him. He now has two scores in the thirties, but hasn’t capitalised on them to reach the big scores. His bowling has been excellent, which will significantly improve the side’s balance.

Rahul Tewatia smashed a century in the opening game against the Lucknow Super Giants and guided his side home in a nail-biting run chase. He continued his good form with an 8-ball 14 that included a six and a four in the previous game, leading his side to a match-winning score of 170.

 

Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Aaron form the bowling attack

 

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Mohammed Shami has been excellent with the new ball thus far, bowling several unplayable deliveries. The speedster bowls with an excellent seam position, which has a tendency to throw batters off balance at times. He is also in the race for the Purple Cap, having taken five wickets so far. He can bowl yorkers in the death overs and is currently leading the bowling department.

Rashid Khan, as usual, has been accurate in both games and has bowled economically, albeit with fewer wickets than he would have liked. Nonetheless, Rashid is a match-winner with the ball and a useful batsman down the order. Leg-spinners will have a greater role to play as the wickets slow down in the second half of the tournament.

Lockie Ferguson was a standout performer in the previous game against the Delhi Capitals, taking four wickets for 28 runs and also winning the Player of the Match award. The New Zealand quick has been generating good speeds thus far in the tournament, and his variations can be extremely lethal in the death overs.

Varun Aaron has been expensive more often than not over the years, but he has always possessed an extra burst of speed, which is an excellent weapon to have. Hardik has so far used him wisely by withholding the new ball and instead utilising him as a fifth bowling option alongside Tewatia and Shankar. Aaron bowled just one over in his previous match and is expected to retain his place in the side.

All in all, this is what the Gujarat Titans lineup looks like –

 

Wicket Keeper – Matthew Wade

Batters – Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Sadarangani

All-Rounders – Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), Rahul Tewatia

Bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Aaron