SRH vs GT: The big picture
SRH vs GT: There are lots of reasons to be anxious if you’re a batter going into the Gujarat Titans-Sunrisers Hyderabad match. While the Titans have the experience of Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, and Hardik Pandya, Umran Malik, Marko Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and T Natarajan, Hyderabad has the swagger and charisma of Umran Malik, Marko Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and T Natarajan. It’ll be a match in which both bowling teams will compete for supremacy.
Many people didn’t think Hyderabad would let Rashid go before the sale. Hyderabad, it turned out, could not afford him, as Muttiah Muralitharan acknowledged. As a result, Rashid facing up against his previous club will be a mini-battle to watch. After two losses, Hyderabad has been too hot to handle for a number of teams and has been bulldozing them. They’ve won five games in a row, with two eight-wicket victories, two seven-wicket victories, and a nine-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Titans are at the top of the table, but their sole defeat came at the hands of Hyderabad. They’ll be eager to avoid a repetition of the previous fight and to put some distance between themselves and the pursuing pack. With a win, they’ll have 14 points from eight games, while Hyderabad will have ten points from the same number of games. For both teams, a win here is critical, and it might go a long way toward assuring a top-two finish.
SRH vs GT: Match details
When: Match 40, 730pm IST, Gujarat Titans versus Sunrisers Hyderabad
Where: Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium
What to expect: The Titans have only played one match at the Wankhede, while Hyderabad have yet to play there. The captain’s decisions will once again be influenced by the dew. In the last five matches, though, the team batting first has been able to protect a score.
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SRH vs GT: Team-wise tactics and strategies
In seven matches, a Hyderabad spinner has bowled only 19 overs in the middle overs between overs 7 and 15. Instead, Malik has being exploited as a tyrant. This season, only Harshal Patel has taken more wickets in this phase than Malik. The way the Titans’ middle-order handles Malik will be crucial, and the batters must find a way to score as well.
Possible XI: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
The Hyderabad middle-order has averaged 29.91 (2018), 21.09 (2019), 27.51 (2020), and 20.73 (2021) in the last four years. With the additions of Rahul Tripathi and Nicholas Pooran, as well as Aiden Markram, things have altered this year. This season, Hyderabad has an average of 51 runs per over (7-15) and a strike rate of close to 150. Rashid will be important for the Titans to win the middle-overs battle, as he will have to pick wickets as well as stop the runs.
Possible XI: Shashank Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
SRH vs GT: Trivia
– In the first four matches at Wankhede, the average first innings score was 149. In the last five games, it has risen to 186. – This season, Hyderabad has made the fewest changes to their starting eleven, with only three in seven games.