indian premier league 2022 gujarat titans vs delhi capitals in pune

Both Gujarat and Delhi launched their campaign in the 15th edition of the lucrative winning league

Both Gujarat and Delhi launched their campaign in the 15th edition of the lucrative winning league

They came out on top in the battle for newcomers but it will be a completely different ball match for the Gujarat Titans when they lock horns with the Delhi Capitals in the IPL in Pune on Saturday.

Both Gujarat and DC started their campaign in the 15th edition of the lucrative league with wins and they would make sure to continue in the same crank at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

Injured DC will gain additional strength in both bowling and batting, probably including Lungi Ngidi, Mustafizur Rahman and Sarfaraz Khan, who have ended their three-day quarantine.

The return of the trio will strengthen the Delhi outfit against an opponent who gave enough indications of its ability to not only compete with the best but also achieve the result it desires. In their five-wicket defeat, KL Rahul’s Lucknow Super Giants learned what the Titans are capable of.

So regardless of the four-wicket victory over the five-time Mumbai Indians in their start to the tournament, DC knows all too well that they simply cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal.

The victory against LSG first up is definitely a huge confidence booster, but in Delhi Capitals the Titans face a more experienced opponent, who has established himself as one of the top teams in recent years, with his fantastic goalkeeper Rishabh Pant as leader on the field and Australian legend Ricky Ponting guides them behind the scenes.

With a strong stroke of the highest order, in addition to a well-balanced bowling unit, the Capitals have all the tools needed to embark on a winning run early in the competition, so they really start as favorites against the Titans.

In addition, the fact that DC managed to overcome the Mumbai challenge without any key players, including the flamboyant Australian all-rounder David Warner and Mitchell Marsh and the South African duo Ngidi and Anrich Nortje, only contributes to their confidence and makes the win more praiseworthy.

While DC will strengthen their game XI by making useful additions, the Titans, on the other hand, may not like to tinker with the combination that gave them their first win in their very first appearance.

Australian recruit Matthew Wade, who was commissioned to open the slaughter together with Shubman Gill, looks great after failing to turn his 30 in the previous match into a more significant contribution.

In the absence of their top players, Delhi’s bowling left a lot to be desired in the beginning and it will look to do much better against Gujarat.

Nortje has not played a competitive match since last year’s T20 World Cup due to injury. The top fast bowler, who missed the entire international home summer for Proteas, was approved to join Capital’s plan for rehabilitation, but no timeline has been set for his recovery and return.

Team (from):

Delhi capitals: Rishabh Pant (captain), Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, Ashwin Hebbar, Abhishek Sharma, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, KS Bharat, Mandeep Singh, Khaleel Sakar Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Rovman Powell, Pravin Dubey, Lungi Ngidi, Vicky Ostwal, Sarfaraz Khan.

Gujarat Titans: Hardik Pandya (captain), Rashid Khan, Shubman Gill, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Abhinav Sadarangani, Rahul Tewatia, Noor Ahmed, Sai Kishore, Vijay Shankar, Jayant Yadav, Dominic Drakes, Darshan Nalkande, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph, Prade , David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Varun Aaron, B Sai Sudharshan.

The match starts at 19:30 IST.


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