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IPL 2022 Qualifier 1 – Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals – Preview

Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals will face off in IPL 2022 Qualifier 1 on Tuesday, with the victor advancing to the tournament’s final. GT won 10 of 14 matches and finished first in the points standings. It will be both clubs’ second game of the season. GT defeated RR by a score of 37 runs in the league phase game.

RR finished second after winning nine of fourteen matches. In their most recent game, they defeated Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets after chasing a 151-run total in 19.4 overs. Both sides have been able to put on equally impressive performances this season, and they are likely to do so again.

Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals Qualifier 1 – Pitch Report

RR doesn’t have a particularly encouraging record at Eden Gardens, having won only two of the nine matches they’ve played there. The wickets will be fresher, and the wickets will offer pace. Chasing teams have won three of the last five games in the IPL. However, isolated thunderstorms with humidity up to 68 percent are expected. In the event of a weather delay that prevents play during regulation time, the winner will be determined by a super over. If that isn’t practicable, the league standing will be considered.

Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals Qualifier 1 – Tactics and Lineups

Gujarat Titans

Buttler scored 54 points on the powerplay in the league encounter between the two teams. Although he’s had a very different second half of the season to the first, GT will try to keep Buttler quiet, which may force Rashid Khan to bowl quicker than usual. However, GT will rely on its new-ball pair to get Buttler, who has been dropped six times in the last seven games. Rashid has removed Buttler and Hetmyer four times each, while Samson has frequently decided to play out the spinner, and despite averaging 68, he strikes them at less than 100. Alzarri Joseph might replace the ineffective Wade.

Predicted Lineup – Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade/Alzarri Joseph, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami

Rajasthan Royals

RR must be aware of GT’s finishing abilities, as they are the best finishers this season. Tewatia averages 67 against left-arm pace in the IPL and has struck at 188.70, scoring 134 in 71 deliveries, while RR has two in Trent Boult and Obed McCoy. Miller was part of the finishing group, but RR will fancy their chances against him, having lost three times to Ashwin and Chahal, but being particularly stymied by the latter. RR’s speed attack, on the other hand, has spilled runs in the end, which could be exploited by GT’s big hitters.

Predicted Lineup – Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy

Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals Qualifier 1 – Player of the Match predictions

Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya was back to his best in the last game after a few quiet performances, and his unbeaten 62 would have given him plenty of confidence heading into the playoffs. After showing up to bowl for his IPL franchise, he was just picked to the Indian squad for the South Africa T20I series and will be the first-choice all-rounder. In the upcoming crucial match, he will be the primary batter for the Gujarat Titans.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan has yet to reach his full potential in this competition. The Afghanistan spinner, on the other hand, was the pick of the bowlers in the previous game, with a two-wicket haul and a quickfire cameo down the order. In the playoffs, he’ll be hoping to bring his A-game.