One is an IPL beginner. The other is a four-time champion. One has already qualified for the playoffs. The other has been knocked out of the race for the last four. In terms of form, the IPL 2022 match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday looks like a mismatch.
But the Titans will feel that this game represents an excellent chance to test their bench strength. For CSK, it’s about which Super Kings team will show up? The Delhi Capitals dominant, or the one who lost by five wickets against the Mumbai Indians in the next match?
The Titans have been phenomenal in PowerPlay. They have picked up 24 wickets (first place) at an economics rate (ER) of 7.45 (second best). Mohammed Shami’s 10 wickets in the first six at an ER of 6.12 will keep CSK’s top order on their toes.
Rashid Khan vs. Devon Conway could be an important duel. Conway has the best strike rate against spin (196.5) in IPL-15 among all strokes, with at least 100 plus runs against spin bowling. Rashid has 15 wickets at an ER of 6.79 so far. But in the two matches at Wankhede this year, Rashid has only one wicket while going on nine runs per over (rpo).
Rashid and R. Sai Kishore had a total of six figures for 31 in the Titans’ win against the Lucknow Super Giants last match. Between overs 7 and 16, CSK gets 8.58 rpo (third best), so the Titans spin duo will get their job gone.
In Ruturaj Gaikwad and Conway, CSK has a robust opening pair. In the bowling department, Mukesh Choudhary has been a revelation with the new ball. His match-up with Gujarat’s highest order will set the tone.
The law (from):
Gujarat Titans: Hardik Pandya (c), Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh, B Sai Sudharsan, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Matthew Wade, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wriddhiman Saha, Alzarri Joseph, Darshan Nalkande, Lockie Shami, No Mohammed Ahami Pradeep Sangwan, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Varun Aaron, Yash Dayal.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c), Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayadu, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Santner, Chris Jordan, Adam Milne, Devon Conway, Shivam Dube, Dwaine Pretorius, Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Tushar Mshpande, Khush Deshpande Asifande, C Hari Nishaanth, N Jagadeesan, Subhranshu Senapati, K Bhagath Verma, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary.
The match starts at 15.30.