Series: Indian Premier League 2022
Venue: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
Date & Time: Apr 23, 03:30 PM LOCAL
Super Saturday time, folks! We all know, what that means, it is time to double your dose of action today. So fasten your seat belts, as it is going to be one hell of a ride. First up, we have Kolkata going head-to-head against Gujarat in game number 35 of this 15th edition of the Indian T20 League at Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai.
Kolkata started their campaign on a positive note but have lost three games in a row now and it is time for Shreyas Iyer and his boys to step up their game. Death bowling has been an issue for Kolkata as both of their frontline pacers, Umesh Yadav and Pat Cummins are known to produce goods in the Powerplay.
As a result, they have faltered at that cru‐ cial stage of the game quite often and would like to tighten up in that aspect. Another concern, has been the performance of their top-order but the way, Aaron Finch and Shreyas Iyer batted in the last game will give them a lot of confidence going forward.
Sunil Narine was also pushed at the top of the order with Venkatesh Iyer being slotted into the middle order and it might well be the way ahead, with Narine capable of providing the much-needed boost in the Powerplay.
Overall, there are couple of concerns to address for this team and it’s high time they get their house in order with com‐ petition for the playoffs heating up. Their opponents, Gujarat, on the other hand, have lost only one game so far from the six they have played and are in a rather comfortable position on the points ta‐ ble at the moment.
They are one of the newest entries in the Indian T20 League but have shown great character and maturity till now. They were without their charismatic skipper, Hardik Pandya in the last game but once again it was the depth and belief in their side with vintage ‘ Killer Miller’ dis‐ playing his full range that took them through.
They have one of the strongest bowling attack in the competition with great variety and if they can address their opening pair and number 3 conundrum, they have all the arsenal to go deep in the tournament. Hardik Pandya is expected to be back in this game and that will boost their confidence further, so expect Gujarat to come out all guns blazing again.
Can Kolkata lift themselves up and get a much-needed win under their belt? Or will Hardik Pandya and his boys continue to march ahead? Either way, some entertaining action awaits us.
Built inside the DY Patil Vidyanagar campus, the DY Patil is the latest addition to Mumbai’s list of cricket venues. With all the essential ingredients to host internationals, the DY Patil Stadium boasts of 9 tennis hard courts, 4 indoor badminton courts and an Olympic sized swimming pool, apart from big dressing rooms and a green outfield.
What to expect: An afternoon game means the bowlers can breathe easy and not worry about dew. The last afternoon match at the venue saw SRH ease past Punjab Kings with pacers making merry but the batters should expect a good batting track at their disposal.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Tactics and Matchups: Barring Narine, all KKR bowlers have struggled in the last three losses. Umesh, Chakravarthy, Cummins, Southee and Russell have leaked runs at more than ten an over and that’s left the batting unit with plenty to do. Especially dire has been the performance of Chakravarthy, who has leaked 75 runs in five overs in the last two matches and has gone wicketless. KKR need the spinner to put in an impact performance before it’s too late for him and the side.
Probable XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Tactics and Matchups: The clash will also see two individuals fighting for a spot in the Indian eleven. Venkatesh has grabbed the finisher’s spot from Hardik but has struggled in IPL 2022. The GT captain, on the other hand, has not only scored runs when his team needed it, but has been chipping in with the ball as well. On average Hardik is involved in 55 balls every match (33 with the bat & 22 with the ball) while the figure dips to just 15 for Venkatesh (15 with the bat and two with the ball). The selectors will surely keep an eye on the performance of the two all-rounders, especially with Hardik doing well with the ball.
Probable XI: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami
Did you know?
– Rashid is one wicket away from joining Narine in the special club of 100 wickets by overseas spinners in IPL.
– Russell averages just 12 against Rashid but strikes them at 160 with 48 runs from 30 balls and four dismissals.
What they said:
“From our point of view, we’ve had three losses in a row and we’re going to have to find a way to keep our morale high which is so vitally important. There can be a tendency to run away from things when you haven’t got across the line in a couple of key games. We just have to keep pushing ourselves, make sure we stick together and stay composed. We’ve been there before and it’s going to test us again this time” – Brendon McCullum.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Aaron Finch, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer(c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson(w), Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Tim Southee, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammad Nabi, Sam Billings, Chamika Karunaratne, Baba Indrajith, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Aman Hakim Khan, Ashok Sharma, Ramesh Kumar, Harshit Rana
Gujarat Titans Squad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya(c), Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal, Matthew Wade, Varun Aaron, Pradeep Sangwan, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Darshan Nalkande, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Dominic Drakes, Sai Sudharsan, Noor Ahmad