With a place in the final on the line, the Mumbai Indians would be imagining their chances against the defending champions Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. Akash Madhwal’s impressive bowling performance against Lucknow Super Giants in Eliminator has given MI a much-needed boost ahead of the clash against the champions. GT, on the other hand, was outclassed and beaten in Qualifier 1 by MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings. The Hardik Pandya-led side will have one last chance to bounce back and give their best under familiar conditions here to qualify for their second IPL final in a row.
It will be imperative for the defending champs that their hitting clicks in unison, as Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar have done most of the heavy lifting with the bat in recent games.
The Titans will also expect more with the bat from their captain Hardik Pandya, who is going through some poor form, posting scores of 8, DNB, 8, 4 and 25 in his last five games.
For IM, players like Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav and Tim David have responded well to challenges and now form the backbone of the hitting department with youngster Nehal Wadhera also making a big impact, and the starting pair of Rohit and Ishan Kishan making a fair job
It will be a tough test for the Titans’ bowling attack, led by Mohammad Shami (26 wickets in 15 matches), to get the best of IM’s batting, which has improved dramatically towards the business end of the tournament.
GT Predicted XI: Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (captain), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal
IM predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (cap.), Ishan Kishan, Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Hrithik Shokeen, Chris Jordan, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal
(With PTI Inputs)
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