Gujarat look to fix batting woes, seal IPL play-off berth against MI
Table-toppers Gujarat Titans would look to plug the holes in their top order and seal a place in the play-offs by returning to winning ways against an already out-of-contention Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match here on Friday.
GT got a timely wake-up call in an eight-wicket loss to Punjab Kings in their last match, which snapped their five-game winning streak.
An inconsistent batting department, especially top-order has been GT's thorn in the flesh throughout the tournament so far and it's time the IPL newcomers fix the issue going into the business end of the league.
Despite the loss, GT is sitting pretty at the top of the 10-team standings with 16 points from 10 games and a win on Friday would make them the first team to cement their spot in the play-offs.
B Sai Sudharsan, who has been the team's weak link so far, was the only saving grace for GT in their last match, where everyone failed, scoring a 50-ball 65.
But the quartet would be very well aware of their importance in the side and look to rise to the occasion to make a comeback, in what has been a remarkable opening season.
Hardik, who has been GT's batting mainstay with 309 runs -- the highest among all in the team, has had two rare back-to-back failures and would be desperate to get his mojo back.
Despite going for runs in the last match, Shami is a class act with the new ball, while Ferguson's ability to generate extra pace is a cause of concern for any batting line-up.
Rashid has been economical with the ball, but his inability to pick up wickets would be a cause of concern for the side.
MI, on the other hand, is placed last and is already out of the tournament after registering eight consecutive defeats.
But the Rohit Sharma-led side would heave a sigh of relief after finally registering their first win of the tournament, a five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals.
Suryakumar Yadav has been the star for MI in the batting department, which lacks cohesive effort.
On the bowling front too, MI looked nowhere near to his best.
Jasprit Bumrah has been economical upfront but has not been among the wickets that have hurt the team most.
But having returned to winning ways, MI would look to play party spoilers in their remaining games.
Teams (from): Gujarat Titans: Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh, B Sai Sudharsan, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (Captain), Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Matthew Wade, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wriddhiman Saha, Alzarri Joseph, Darshan Nalkande, Dominic Drakes, Jayant Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, Pradeep Sangwan, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Varun Aaron, Yash Dayal.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Anmolpreet Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Ramandeep Singh, SuryakumarYadav, Tilak Verma, Tim David, Arjun Tendulkar, Basil Thampi, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Mayank Markande, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith, Tymal Mills, Kartikeya Singh, Daniel Sams, Dewald Brevis, Fabian Allen, Kieron Pollard, Sanjay Yadav, Aryan Juyal and Ishan Kishan.
The match starts at 7.30 PM.
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