🏏IPL 2023 - Qualifier 2: Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on 26/05/23 at 7:30 PM IST🏏
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Time to decide the second finalist of IPL 2023
Will the final be between the veteran teams CSK and MI (who won the trophy 4 and 5 times respectively) or will it be between the 4 times champion CSK and emerging champion GT?
We are not too far away from finding
Boss batters vs Boss bowlers as Mumbai take on Titans in Qualifier 2
The pitch in Ahmedabad is expected to be a belter and the expectation is that there won't be a lot of dew
Defending champions vs Serial winners
For probably the first time in the franchise's young history, Gujarat Titans will be feeling the pressure in a knockout game. Freshly jolted by a defeat in Qualifier 1, this is the first time they're ever playing an IPL game to stay alive. The best team from the league stage didn't really play like it against Chennai Super Kings to the point that it suddenly seems like they aren't entirely sure of their best XI. Getting that wrong in the playoff stages usually proves expensive.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians are peaking at the right time. They produced one of their most complete performances in the Eliminator to go with four wins in their last five games in the group stages. From the batting point of view, everyone has unlocked the most dangerous version of themselves, and among bowlers, Piyush Chawla and Jason Behrendorff are doing enough for Akash Madhwal to shine at the death.Mumbai beat Titans the last time the two sides met in IPL 2023, and purely based on recent results and recent vibes, Mumbai would appear to have the edge. Their bowling unit has been red-hot of late but that wasn't quite the case early on in the tournament. Titans on the other hand have proven performers with the ball, including the season's top two wicket-takers. How Madhwal and co can match up to Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan may well decide the outcome of this game.
Titans' batting though, at least in the present moment, lacks the clarity their bowling has. They need to figure out if Dasun Shanaka is offering enough. And also do more to ensure Vijay Shankar bats when he can have the most impact. Most of all, they have to find a way for Hardik Pandya - the batter - to make the best use of his skills. If that clarity is there, Titans will feel that the Qualifier defeat was a mere blip on their journey towards defending their IPL title. It won't come easy against a side that just knows how to win crunch games.Edited by Savera84 - 2 days ago
Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians Pitch Report
A high-scoring clash awaits both teams as the pitch at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is expected to offer a batting-friendly surface for the game. There will be some swing on offer for seamers initially, while the spinners will come into play in the latter stages of the game.
Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians Weather Forecast
The conditions in Ahmedabad will be ideal for a game of cricket with temperatures expected to range between 29 and 41 degree celsius.
Pitch and conditions
It has touched 43 degrees in Ahmedabad. Curators have covered the pitch to ensure it doesn't break down abnormally. The pitch for the game is among the least used strips - the centre has nine surfaces - and is being brought in to seemingly provide a run fest.
It has been watered adequately to ensure some amount of moisture helps bind it underneath. The curator expects good pace and bounce like all season. Dew isn't expected to be a major factor, helped by the chemical they use to prevent its formation.Edited by Savera84 - 2 days ago
Form guide (last five completed games, most recent first)
Gujarat Titans: LWWLW
Mumbai Indians: WWLWW
Team news: Worry for Titans seamers?
Titans played Darshan Nalkande against Super Kings for Yash Dayal, but Nalkande was hobbling after his bowling spell. If Nalkande is unfit, one could see Dayal coming back in. Titans could also bring in Josh Little as a replacement, but that would see Shanaka dropped. Little is a frontrunner for his experience and better bowling numbers compared to the uncapped Indians, more so in a knockout game.
With Tilak Varma returning to their side against Lucknow Super Giants, Mumbai have no injury concerns.Edited by Savera84 - 2 days ago
Impact Player strategy: What will Mumbai do?
Mumbai could use an extra batter - like in the Eliminator with Nehal Wadhera - and sacrifice an extra bowling option to give their first-innings total a push if they bat first. Otherwise, the default route is Suryakumar Yadav being used as an Impact sub for an Indian bowler.
Mumbai Indians (probable XII): 1 Ishan Kishan (wk), 2 Rohit Sharma (capt), 3 Cameron Green, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Tilak Varma, 6 Tim David, 7 Hrithik Shokeen/Nehal Wadhera, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Jason Behrendorff, 11 Akash Madhwal, 12 Kumar Kartikeya
Titans are likely to go with Vijay as the Impact Player in a chase or bring in a fast bowler if they are defending.
Gujarat Titans (probable XII): 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Hardik Pandya (capt), 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 David Miller, 6 Sai Sudharsan/Abhinav Manohar, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Noor Ahmad, 10 Josh Little/Yash Dayal, 11 Mohit Sharma, 12 Mohammed Shami.Edited by Savera84 - 2 days ago
Stats that matter: Watch out for Rohit vs Rashid
GT vs MI: New guard or old front, who'll have the last laugh?
In the land of traders, Ahmedabad, it's Hardik Pandya who holds the trade secrets of his opposite number.
A product of Mumbai Indians, Hardik has carved his own legacy as a successful leader with Gujarat Titans, and taken them to back-to-back playoffs in two seasons. But is that enough to halt a rampaging Mumbai Indians, a team that has given no due to its own pain and losses en route yet another dash towards the IPL final?
How much would those trade secrets really matter in Friday's Qualifier 2? After all, in playoffs since 2015, Mumbai Indians have historically presented their best version - winning 9 out of 10 times. Moreover, they are the only team to beat Gujarat Titans more than once. Most importantly, they find themselves here against the league table-toppers in the penultimate clash of the season despite a shaky start and the absence of key personnel.
Who really holds the momentum?
Only a week ago, Shane Bond, Mumbai Indians' bowling coach, was livid and in no mood to hide his frustration following Mumbai Indians' loss against Lucknow Super Giants in the league phase. The bowlers were not sticking to their plans, he complained. The fact that their attack was handicapped by the absence of two most important investments - Jofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah - was no excuse according to him.
Their younger lot has turned up. Akash Madhwal may not cover up for the absence of Bumrah and Archer, but his drastic improvement has eased a bit of Mumbai Indians' worries. His economy rate in the powerplay (7.25) and death overs (7.26) has allowed the foreign pacers - Jason Behrendorff and Chris Jordan - to operate freely in their more specialised roles.
Add to that the batting muscle that Tilak Varma and Nehal Wadhera have added to its line-up, and the five-time champions have been able to forge a team that can hunt down big totals as well as bowl out oppositions, much like Titans
Pacers have had more success in Ahmedabad than any other venue this season, and if MI's non-fancied opening bowlers - who have improved significantly in the second half of the tournament - are able to dismiss the top-order early, they could pose a stiff challenge.
Both teams have the resources as well as the confidence of doing well in pressure games. Both teams like to present a picture of calm. It's a live Friday blockbuster marked and promised.Edited by Savera84 - 2 days ago
Toss Prediction for GT vs MI Match
The team winning the toss will opt to bowl first. The strength of both the teams- GT and MI- is chasing. They are excellent at chasing and have won many games batting second. Hence, no matter who wins the toss among the two, they will look to bowl first. In addition, Narendra Modi Stadium is a high-scoring ground and good for chasing totals.
Edited by Savera84 - 2 days ago
Head to head: Gujarat Titans 1 - 2 Mumbai Indians.
What to expect: The temperature is likely to hover around the 40-degree mark. On what's expected to be a fast track with ample run-scoring opportunities, both teams would look to chase, especially given their high-success rate while batting second. Dew, however, is not expected to play a big part.Edited by Savera84 - 2 days ago
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