The big picture: defending champions vs serial winners
gujarat titans:lwwlw (Last five completed games, most recent first)
Team News: Concern for Titans’ fast bowlers?
Titans played Darshan Nalkande in place of Yash Dayal against Super Kings, but Nalkande was struggling after his bowling spell. If Nalkande is unfit, Dayal may return. The Titans could also bring in Josh Little as his replacement, but Shanaka will be ruled out. Compared to the uncapped Indians, Little has the edge due to his experience and better bowling numbers, especially in the knockout games.
Mumbai have no injury worries with the return of Tilak Verma to the team against Lucknow Super Giants.
Impact player strategy: What will Mumbai do?
Mumbai could use an extra batsman – like with Nehal Wadhera in the eliminator – and sacrifice an extra bowling option to boost their first innings total if they bat first. Otherwise, the default route is to use Suryakumar Yadav as an impact sub for an Indian bowler.
Mumbai Indians (Probable XII): 1 Ishan Kishan (wk), 2 Rohit Sharma (captain), 3 Cameron Green, 4 Suryakumar Yadav5 Tilak Verma, 6 Tim David, 7 Hrithik Shaukeen/Nehal Wadhera8 Chris Jordan, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Jason Behrendorff, 11 Akash Madhwal, 12 Kumar Karthikeya
Titans are likely to go with Vijay as an impact player to chase the target or bring in a fast bowler if they are defending.
gujarat titans (Probable XII): 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Hardik Pandya (captain), 4 Vijay Shankar5 David Miller, 6 Sai Sudarshan/Abhinav Manohar, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Noor Ahmed, 10 Josh Little/Yash Dayal11 Mohit Sharma, 12 Mohammed Shami.
Stats that matter: Beware Rohit vs Rashid
The mercury has reached 43 degrees in Ahmedabad. The curator has covered the pitch to ensure that it does not break abnormally. The pitch is one of the least utilized tracks for the game – there are nine surfaces in the center – and it is being brought in to provide a run fest.
It is watered adequately to ensure that some amount of moisture helps hold it down. The curators are expecting good pace and bounce like every season. Dew is not expected to be a major factor, helped by the chemicals they use to prevent its formation.