One team is a newcomer to the IPL. The other is a four-time champion. Has qualified for a playoff. While the other four have been eliminated from the race. On paper and form, the IPL 2022 match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday looks like a mismatch.
But the Titans will find the game an excellent opportunity to test their bench strength and, if any, remove wrinkles. For CSK, it’s about which Super Kings team will come – The Delhi is dominated by capitalsAll three divisions are in perfect harmony, or one that has come down to its second-lowest IPL total. In the next match And Mumbai lost by five wickets against Indians?
The Titans have been phenomenal in the powerplay. They have taken 24 wickets (first place) at an economy rate (ER) of 7.45 (second best). Mohammad Shamini will keep CSK’s top order at his toes within the first six at an ER of 6.12, especially after he was disbanded by Mumbai’s Seymour and reduced to 32 for 5 in the Powerplay.
Rashid vs. Conway
Rashid Khan vs Devon Conway could also be a very important duel if the latter can avoid an early motion explosion. Conway has the best strike-rate vs. spin (196.5) with at least 100 runs against spin bowling in IPL-15.
In 12 matches so far, Rashid has taken 15 wickets with an ER of 6.79. However, in two matches at Wankhede this year, Rashid was just one wicket quick with 72 runs at 9.00 ER. Now, Rashid can see Conway bowling on the full side of a good length so he has less time to adjust the pitch. But Conway’s horizontal bat shots – sweep and reverse sweep – and the ability to come out even for spinners should keep him in good shape.
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Rashid and debutant R. Sai Kishore collected 6 for 31 in the Titans’ 62-run win over Lucknow Super Giants in the last match. Between 7 and 16 overs, CSK scores at 8.58rpo (third best), so the Titans spin duo will reduce his job. Rashid has a distinct advantage over one of CSK’s three middle-order batsmen. He struck out Moin Ali three times in four innings while he was dismissed for just 36 off 26 balls.
In Ruturaj Gaekwad and Conway, CSK has a strong opening pair. Both have scored one half-century and two centuries in just five innings.
In the bowling department, Mukesh Chaudhary has revealed with a new ball. Will set its match-up tone with Gujarat’s top-order. At Wankhede this year, the fast bowlers have beaten the spin with 118 and the spinners with just 53 wickets; Which should propel him forward.
Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu made a stir on the eve of the match after deleting a tweet where he said that IPL 2022 would be his final season. It was later learned that The CSK Brain Trust spoke with RayduWho then deleted the tweet.
With all that said and done, the Super Kings believe that this season’s troubles usher in an imminent new dawn. Finally, the lows of 2020 paved the way for CSK’s fourth IPL title last year.
For the Titans, Sprint now begins to finish.