Titans look to cement a top-two spot against an out-of-reckoning and out-of-sorts, Super Kings

A day after their crushing defeat towards Mumbai Indians, Chennai Tremendous Kings had tweeted: “It is not the top of the highway”. They’d wish to imagine so after being knocked out of IPL 2022, as they appear to begin planning for the following season with two video games remaining on this one.

Tremendous Kings and their opponents on Sunday, Gujarat Titans, are on the 2 excessive ends of the factors desk. Whereas Tremendous Kings, the defending champions, are positioned ninth, Titans, being on prime, are the one workforce to get into the playoffs thus far.

A victory on the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday will guarantee Titans a top-two end, whereas Tremendous Kings would possibly wish to check their bench energy.

To be honest to them, Tremendous Kings have had a couple of positives. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway have loved success on the prime in current instances, and rookie pacers Mukesh Choudhary and Simarjeet Singh have been promising, particularly within the powerplay. Maheesh Theekshana, in his debut season, has 12 wickets thus far, probably the most by a fingerspinner this IPL. And Shivam Dube, regardless of blowing cold and warm, has made a distinction together with his power-hitting.
Nevertheless, there are large questions. MS Dhoni, who took again the captaincy after Ravindra Jadeja stepped down, has stated he’ll stay with the workforce in “some capability” subsequent season, however that will or is probably not as a participant. Dwayne Bravo, at 38, is not getting any youthful. The place does Ambati Rayudu, who tweeted on the eve of the match – earlier than deleting it – that this may be his last IPL, stand? To not overlook, Tremendous Kings will even have to seek out an in a position chief subsequent season if Dhoni decides to step apart (once more).
Testing the bench could possibly be an choice for Titans, too, after they bounced back towards Lucknow Tremendous Giants following two losses in a row. Whereas they’ve a well-rounded bowling assault, Titans introduced again Matthew Wade, who had failed on the prime of the order earlier, to deal with their No. 3 difficulty and he lasted solely seven balls within the earlier match. Their captain Hardik Pandya‘s kind – or the dearth of it – has not had a significant influence on the workforce with David Miller, Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan doing the ending act. Nevertheless, going into the essential stage of the match, they might need Hardik to get into the groove. Not less than with the bat.
Lockie Ferguson missed the final match and Hardik stated the transfer was “tactical, contemplating the bottom dynamics”. The New Zealand fast would possibly come rather than Alzarri Joseph or Mohammed Shami, if Titans determine to relaxation him for a match or two.

Chennai Tremendous Kings: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Moeen Ali, 4 Robin Uthappa, 5 Shivam Dube, 6 Ambati Rayudu, 7 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 8 Dwayne Bravo, 9 Simarjeet Singh, 10 Maheesh Theekshana, 11 Mukesh Choudhary.

Gujarat Titans: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Matthew Wade, 4 Hardik Pandya (capt), 5 David Miller, 6 Rahul Tewatia, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Alzarri Joseph/Lockie Ferguson, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Sai Kishore, 11 Yash Dayal.

Shubman Gill has been dismissed inside ten balls 5 instances in 12 innings. His common of twenty-two.3 towards Tremendous Kings is his poorest towards a workforce within the IPL. Provided that he has been dismissed by a fingerspinner twice this version, Dhoni may bowl Moeen Ali or Theekshana in the beginning of the innings.
  • Hardik averages 55 and strikes at 149 towards Bravo in T20s.
  • Titans have hit a complete of 58 sixes this season, the least by a workforce.
  • Choudhary has taken 11 wickets within the powerplay this season, the very best amongst all of the groups.
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