Delhi Capitals got off to a winning start in IPL 2022 by chasing down 178 against five-time champions of the Mumbai Indians with more than one left for good. They will try to put another dominant performance against the newcomers Gujarat Titans who also won their first match in the tournament against the debutants Lucknow Super Giants. The DC vs GT match will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Saturday, which will mark the season’s first double header. DC got a big shot in the arm ahead of the meeting against GT when three of their players Lungi Ngidi, Mustafizur Rahman and Sarfaraz Khan completed their quarantine and are available for selection. DC captain Rishabh Pant is likely to make some changes to the side, especially after an under par performance of his stitches in the opening match.
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DC Predicted XI vs GT
Prithvi Shaw: The attacking right winger played some glittering shots to give a flying start to the DC chase but just when he was ready for a big one, he headed out to Basil Thampi. This has been the biggest concern for Shaw in the IPL. He has started with a burning start on a regular basis but has somehow failed to turn them into something significant.
Tim Seifert: The New Zealand wicketkeeper-striker was at his best attacking on his DC debut. It was his initial partnership with Shaw that gave the Capitals a head start in the hunt for MI. Seifert will try to get the most out of the limited oversight opportunities he gets before David Warner joins the DC squad.
Mandeep Singh: With Sarfaraz Khan available for selection, Mandeep Singh will be under pressure to deliver the goods on the crucial 3rd. He was looking to duck at the start of the season but will probably get another chance against Gujarat.
Rishabh pants: Delhi Capital’s captain would be disappointed with the way he came out in the previous match against MI. But trust that the attacking left-back continues to play his natural attacking game. Pant’s performance as a leader will also be closely monitored as he is appointed as the future leader of the Indian side.
Lalit Yadav: Ever since he made his IPL debut for DC last year, Lalit Yadav has slowly begun to build a space for himself in DC XI. The Delhi cricketer was simply superb against MI. His undefeated 48 off 38 balls was one of the main reasons behind DC’s successful run chase despite losing three quick wickets after a good opening start.
Rovman Powell: The attacking Caribbean right-wing’s career with DC did not get off to a good start as he was dismissed for a duck as he tried to pull a Basil Thampi bouncer. Like Seifert, Powell would also know that his place will be in danger when Australia’s Mitchell Marsh regains his full fitness and would therefore try to take advantage of the opportunities he gets.
Axel Patel: A few games after making his IPL debut for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), Axar Patel had said he considers himself an all-rounder. The left-hander took giant steps towards getting everyone to fall on the same line by hitting an unbeaten 38 of 17 balls including three sixes in the match against MI. Although there has been very little doubt about his left spin in T20 cricket, his beating may well prove to be the biggest plus for DC going forward.
Shardul Thakur: The Indian all-rounder would be a little disappointed with the way he balled with the new ball, but Shardul Thakur made a useful contribution with the bat in the MI match.
Kuldeep Yadav: After heating the benches in KKR for far too long, the left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav would like to have regular opportunities with a new franchise. His journey with the Delhi Capitals began in a perfect way when he returned with figures of 3 for 18 which included the wicket of Rohit Sharma.
Lungi Ngidi: The South African fastballer will probably immediately get into Capital XI. Ngidi’s ability to price wickets with the new ball will certainly give an advantage to the DC bowling unit who lacked experience in the previous match.
Mustafizur Rahman: The Bangladeshi left-arm seamstress is an absolute gem in white ball cricket. He is good with the new ball but at death he is even better. Mustafizur’s cutters and brakes still give nightmares to opponents’ hits. He will make his DC debut on Saturday.