Series: Indian Premier League 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: Apr 27, 07:30 PM LOCAL
It is now time for match number 40 of the Indian T20 League, 2022. In this game, Gujarat take on Hyderabad. Both the teams have been in formidable form this season. Gujarat is a new side that seems to be a part of the league for a long time.
Hardik Pandya and his men mean business whenever they have stepped out on the field. In their opening seven matches, Gujarat have only lost a single game. They will be hoping to continue on their merry way and remain in the top half of the table.
Hyderabad. on the flip side, are getting rewards for their patience this time around. The team was focused on developing young players over the years, and now is the time, the young guns are stepping up to make this opportunity count.
Hyderabad lost their opening two matches of the cam‐ paign, but since then have racked up 5 wins on the trot. Kane Williamson always showed belief in his boys, supported them and got them through tough times.
Abhishek Sharma and Umran Malik are the ones to watch out for. These two youngsters are taking everyone aback with their performances. Hyderabad would hope to continue their domination and close the gap of 2 points with Gujarat.
This game should be no less than a cracker. The last time these two met, Hyderabad took home the brag‐ ging rights with them earlier in the season. How will things pan out this time around? We shall find out together.
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. There cannot be enough said about this ground. The Eden Gardens is no doubt the oldest stadium in India but the cricketing cauldron of the country lies in the city of Mumbai.
The stadium came into existence due to disputes between the CCI and the MCA, two cricketing bodies that have their offices in the city.
The CCI-owned Brabourne Stadium was the main venue till then and some issues with MCA caused S.K.Wankhede, the secretary of the latter and also a politician to build a brand-new stadium. It was made in 1975 and hosted its first Test the same year against the Windies.
Since then, the Wankhede stadium has been the main cricketing venue in the city. It plays hosts to the Indian cricket team, the Mumbai Ranji team and the Mumbai franchise in the Indian Twenty20 league.
The ground underwent reconstruction before the 2011 World Cup and was then made ready to host the final of the mega-event.
The renovation was done for the breeze to be able to flow freely across the stadium and also for the viewers to watch the game without hindrances. The ground has seen a number of brilliant games being played here, international and domestic.
The most important game held so far will have to be the 2011 World Cup final when India lifted the trophy after 28 years.
It’s home to two of the biggest names, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, and the latter also played his 200th Test and final international game at the same venue. With a capacity of around 33, 000 and a closed amphitheatre-type formation, it gets really loud at times.
Short boundaries and a true pitch more often than not promise a good game. As of now, it has hosted more than 50 international games and there is no reason why the ground will not go on to host more.
What to expect: Titans have played just one match at the venue while Hyderabad are yet to play at the Wankhede. The dew will again have a say in the choices the captain makes. However, in the last five matches, the team batting first has been able to defend a score at the venue.
Tactics & Matchups: Only 19 overs have been bowled by a Hyderabad spinner in the middle overs between overs 7 and 15 so far in seven matches. Instead, they’ve used Malik as an enforcer. Only Harshal Patel has more wickets in this phase this season than Malik. The key will be how the Titans middle-order handles Malik and the batters will also have to find a way to score.
Probable 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
Tactics & Matchups:In the last four years, the Hyderabad middle-order has averaged 29.91 (2018), 21.09 (2019), 27.51 (2020) and 20.73 (2021) respectively. Things have changed this year with the arrival of Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran and with Aiden Markram also finding his groove. This year, Hyderabad average 51 between overs 7 and 15 and strike their runs at close to 150. Rashid will be key for Titans to win the middle-overs battle as it’ll be crucial to not only pick wickets but also stop the runs.
Probable XI: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Did you know?
– The average first innings score at Wankhede was 149 in the first four matches. It’s now risen to 186 in the last five matches. – Hyderabad have made the least number of changes to their eleven this season – just three in seven matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson(c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran(w), Shashank Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik, T Natarajan, Sean Abbott, Ravikumar Samarth, Shreyas Gopal, Glenn Phillips, Washington Sundar, Vishnu Vinod, Priyam Garg, Kartik Tyagi, Romario Shepherd, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Samad, Saurabh Dubey
Gujarat Titans Squad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya(c), Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami, Pradeep Sangwan, Matthew Wade, Varun Aaron, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Darshan Nalkande, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Dominic Drakes, Sai Sudharsan, Noor Ahmad