GT vs RR: IPL point leaders set to battle for table-top
GT vs RR: Overview
After four games in the 2022 edition, there is little between the Rajasthan Royals and the Gujarat Titans (GT vs RR). With three victories and a loss, they’re knotted on six points. Only one toss has been won by both captains, Sanju Samson and Hardik Pandya; RR has yet to chase in the tournament.
Most notably, both teams’ pace bowlers have dominated the powerplay phase this season, with Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna for RR and Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, and Locked in Ferguson for GT. RR’s pacers have taken 8 wickets at an average of 14.25, while GT’s have taken 9 wickets at an average of 17.00. Since IPL 2017, Rashid Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal have been the most successful bowlers in the middle overs, averaging 20.21 and 20.97 respectively with 70 and 60 wickets.
Samson, too, has struggled after the first game, and it’s clear he’s having trouble keeping up in what has been his slowest start to a season in the last six years. His game has been deemed wanting on slower tracks in the past, and his current form could be a source of concern for the Royals as the season progresses.
The Royals may be concerned with his performance. Shimron Hetmyer’s demonstration of might and expertise in the death, on the other hand, has been extremely beneficial to RR. He’s hitting close to 200 percent of the time and has played in all four games thus far. With Rashid having the wood over him, Gujarat will want to confine him in the death overs, but GT may have to make crucial strategic decisions about how Rashid should be employed.
GT vs RR: Details
When: April 14, 19:30 IST, RR vs GT
Where: Navi Mumbai’s Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy
What to expect: The CSK-RCB match was played on a used wicket that was so dusty that it could be felt. In the second innings, the spinners were key, with Mahesh Theekshana and Ravindra Jadeja sharing 7 wickets. If a similar wicket is available, both teams have the tools to take advantage of it. The average first-innings total has dropped from 177 in 11 games in the first week (March 26-April 3) to 163 in ten games in the second week (March 26-April 3). (April 4-11).
GT vs RR: Tactics and Possible XI
Miller has struggled against both Chahal and Ashwin, losing to each of them three times. If RR’s pacers continue to attack early, as they did this season, the spin combination will relish the opportunity to burst into the middle order early.
Probable XI: Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jimmy Neesham, Navdeep Saini, Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal/Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Rashid Khan will be key in restraining the dangerous Jos Buttler and, later in the order, Shimron Hetmyer, who have both scored runs this season. Rashid has an excellent record against the two, having dismissed them four times, especially since Buttler’s average against the leg spinner is only 4.50.
Probable XI: Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz/Matthew Wade (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalkande
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GT vs RR: Trivia
In the first 11 matches, there were seven first-innings totals of more than 170, but only two in the next ten, both at Brabourne.
Only Bumrah has taken more wickets in the IPL in the last half-decade than Rashid Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal. The two spinners are also at the top of the wicket statistics in the middle overs.
Since the start of the IPL, Hetmyer has the second-highest strike rate in death overs, trailing only AB de Villiers. He hits at 195.95 with a 27.3 percent boundary percentage.