Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians face each other in the second qualifier of IPL on Friday. Hardik Pandya lost to Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma defeated Lucknow Super Giants in the eliminator.
One of the competition is between two teams to reach the final. Gujarat, who finished top of the league, did not perform as expected in the last two matches. Again, Mumbai, who started the campaign by losing their first two matches, regained their rhythm from the middle stage of the competition.
Batting can keep both teams worried at 22 yards in Ahmedabad on Friday. Several batters at the top have had consistency issues. The Mumbai skipper himself is not in the best form. Another opening batsman Ishan Kishan is also not getting regular runs. Cameron Green, Tilak Verma are heavily dependent on the innings in Mumbai. If Suryakumar Yadav’s return to the run is a positive for Mumbai, Gujarat’s advantage is Shubman Gill’s impeccable rhythm. If he scores another 9 runs, he will be at the top of the race to win the orange hat of IPL. Although another opener Wriddhiman Saha is not getting regular runs with the bat. Captain Hardik is also not in the best rhythm with the bat. Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan is pulling the team’s innings in the lower middle order.
The main battle in Friday’s match could be between Mumbai’s middle order and Gujarat’s bowling. Apart from Rashid, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmed, Mohit Sharma are in good form. Both Shami and Rashid are in contention for the IPL Purple Cap. Almost all the Gujarat bowlers are in good form. Skipper Hardik expects a little better performance from them in the knockout stage. He said it openly.
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Akash Madhwal gives Mumbai hope. He gave the five-time IPL champions confidence by taking 5 for 5 against Lucknow. Gujarat’s batsmen may be in trouble if they can maintain Wednesday’s pace on Friday. Green, Piyush Chawla are also there to bolster Mumbai’s bowling attack. Although Hardik will get the benefit of playing at home.
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