Today at IPL 2022, GT vs MI: Hardik Pandya will look to lead Gujarat Titans back to winning ways when they take on 5-time champions Mumbai Indians, who are reeling at the bottom of the 10-team points table.
- Gujarat Titans will look to return to winning ways on Friday
- GT are on top fo the points table with 16 points, MI reeling at the bottom
- Focus on battle between Hardik and his former teammates
It will be an emotional battle for Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya on Friday as he faces his former franchise Mumbai Indians in Match 51 of IPL 2022. Having spent all his years in the IPL at MI, the franchise which gave Haridk a platform to showcase his skills to the world, Hardik has moved on and found success at Gujarat Titans, one of the two new franchises in the 10-team season.
It’s a battle between two sides at the opposite ends of the points table. While Gujarat Titans are a win away from potentially booking a place in the play-offs, Mumbai Indians are already out of contention, rooted to the bottom of the table with just one win in their first 9 matches.
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However, table-toppers Gujarat Titans would look to plug the holes in their top-order and return to winning ways following their defeat to Punjab Kings on May 3. It was a wake-up call for Gujarat, who have won 8 of their first 10 matches in IPL 2022 as their 5-match winning run came to an end.
Gujarat’s batting failed as Hardik, who has been in fine form, had an off-day. Young Sai Sudharshan was the lone bright spot as GT managed just 143 after losing 8 wickets in their quota of 20 overs before PBKS chased down the target with 4 overs to spare. Their big guns Rahul Tewatia, David Miller and Rashid Khan also had off-days.
On the other hand, MI are heading into the match on the back of their first win of the season, which came against Rajasthan Royals. Suryakumar Yadav has been the star for MI in the batting department, which lacks a cohesive effort as captain Rohit Sharma, his opening partner Ishan Kishan and all-rounder Kieron Pollard are all struggling for form.
FORM GUIDE – GT vs MI
Gujarat Titans (last 5 matches) – Lost to Punjab Kings by 8 wickets, beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets, beat SunRisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets, beat Kolkata Knight Riders by runs, beat Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets.
Mumbai Indians (last 5 matches) – beat Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets, lost to Lucknow Super Giants by 36 runs, lost to Chennai Super Kings by 3 wickets, lost to Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs, lost to Punjab Kings by 12 runs.
PLAYERS IN FOCUS
GT – Hardik Pandya: – 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. The former MI all-rounder has been doing the bulk of the work at the top-order but he would like more contribution from opener Shubman Gill who has flattered to deceive after a good start to the season.
Mohammed Shami – Shami has managed to be among the wickets despite struggling to keep the runs down in IPL 2022. The India pacer will be key to Gujarat Titans’ chances of knocking off the MI top-order which is struggling for form.
MI- Rohit Sharma – The Mumbai Indians captain has been going through a horror run in IPL 2022. managing just 155 runs in 9 matches at an average of 17. Despite no big prize up for grabs, Rohit would want to regain form in an important T20 World Cup year.
Jasprit Bumrah – He has been economical upfront but has not been among wickets. Bumrah has lacked the support he has enjoyed over the years but with young spinners Hrithik Shokeen and Kumar Kartikeya putting the brakes in the middle-overs, the India pacer will look to trouble the batters at the death under pressure.
GT vs MI: Team News
Kieron Pollard has not scored enough or MI but the 5-time champions are unlikely to drop the big-hitter. They might go with an unchanged XI. On the other hand, Gujarat might look to bring back Yash Dayal in place of Pradeep Sangwan who leaked aplenty against SRH in their defeat.
Shubhman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya (Captain), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Kieron Pollard, Hrithik Shokeen, Daniel Sams, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith.