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IPL 2022 – The BEST Gujarat Titans Playing XI to face the Kolkata Knight Riders

The Gujarat Titans lead the points table after five wins in six IPL 2022 league matches. The team has performed admirably in both departments of the game. Despite the absence of their regular captain, Hardik Pandya, in the previous match, the team won with confidence against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Rashid Khan and David Miller’s quickfire knocks must have given the team more confidence in their middle-order strength.

They will face the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their seventh match of the season, who have yet to win. However, both talented teams are expected to put up a good fight. Pandya is expected to return to the Titans’ starting lineup after recovering from a groyne injury, and Yash Dayal may be omitted.

Keeping these things in mind, here is the BEST Gujarat Titans playing XI to face the Kolkata Knight Riders.

 

Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill to open the innings

 

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Wriddhiman Saha, the experienced wicketkeeper, was brought into the team for the last match to replace the struggling Matthew Wade, who did not contribute enough in the first two matches. However, Saha was unable to get the team off to a strong start, scoring only 11 of 18 balls. However, due to his wicketkeeping skills and a strong track record in the tournament, he is expected to get a few more chances.

Shubman Gill, another opener, has been a consistent performer in the IPL over the last few seasons. This season, he has done quite well, scoring 200 runs in six appearances at a strike rate of 151.52. In the previous match, he was dismissed for a golden duck, and the team failed to score enough runs in the powerplay overs. It is almost certain that the team will require his presence on the field until the 15th over to lay the groundwork for high-scoring performances.

 

Vijay Shankar, David Miller and Abhinav Manohar solidify the middle order

 

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The team’s middle order consists of players such as Vijay Shankar, David Miller, and Abhinav Manohar. Shankar, an experienced campaigner from Tamil Nadu, has failed in all of his appearances this season. He has only scored 19 runs in four appearances, with a strike rate of 54.29. Despite his failure, he may be given another chance to demonstrate his abilities.

Miller, the Proteas’ batter, batted unbeaten on 94* off 51 balls to secure the team’s victory in the previous match against CSK. Throughout the tournament, he has charged at the and delivered lusty blows for the team. However, his sensible innings with ball-striking abilities were on display in the previous match, and he is an important member of the team. He has 193 runs in six innings pitched at a strike rate of 160.83.

Abhinav Manohar, a youngster, has been a consistent performer this season. He has formed crucial partnerships in the middle order with Pandya and Miller, and he has provided a late flourish in the final overs. He has 106 runs in six innings with a strike rate of 151.34.

 

Hardik Pandya and Rahul Tewatia play the all-rounder role

 

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Hardik Pandya and Rahul Tewatia have proven their ability to handle pressure by winning matches for their respective teams in the past. After recovering from a groyne injury, captain Pandya is expected to play in this game.

Pandya has scored 228 runs and taken four wickets in five innings. He has led the team from the front by bowling in the powerplay overs and coming in at No. 4. Tewatia is regarded as a proper finisher for the team following his heroics against PBKS. He has 79 runs in six innings, with the highest score of 149.06.

 

Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson and Mohammed Shami form the bowling attack

 

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The team has a strong bowling attack, with players who have international experience as well as IPL experience. Alzarri Joseph, a Caribbean pacer, made his debut for the team in the previous match against CSK, finishing with figures of 2/34 off four overs and will look to maintain his form.

Rashid has six wickets in six matches at an economy of 6.67 and will be a lethal weapon to slow down opposing batters while also taking wickets. He was also fantastic with the bat in the previous match.

Lockie Ferguson, a Kiwi pacer, has wreaked havoc with his pace and accuracy in the tournament’s early matches. He has eight wickets with an economy of 8.33 in six matches. Shami, on the other hand, has the same number of wickets as Ferguson but a better economy of 7.58.