Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 didn’t disappoint us in giving thrilling games and we have seen some nail-biting finishing as well. The tournament is going well and almost all the teams have played half of the games in league stages. And we have seen 6 teams sitting on the same points before CSK went to the top yesterday after beating KKR by 49 runs.
We will see more changes in the points table as the tournament goes on. Today, we will preview game number 35 of the IPL 2023, which is of Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians. The 5 times Champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will lock horns against the last season’s champion Gujarat Titans (GT) at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
GT is sitting at No. 4 in the points table with 4 wins in 6 games while MI is at No. 7 with 3 wins in 6 games. The competition is so tough this time as 4 teams are still at the same points.
Mumbai Indians IPL 2023 form guide
Mumbai Indians (MI) are coming into this game with a loss against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their last game. It was a high-scoring encounter with PBKS batted first and scoring 214 in the first inning. Everyone has contributed in some capacity and captain Sam Curran was the highest run scorer with 55 in the first inning.
When MI came out to chase the target, captain Rohit Sharma and Cameron Green added 76 runs after losing Ishan Kishan early in the inning. Suryakumar Yadav also came to the party and showed his class. He scored 57 off just 26 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.
Tim David played a cameo of 25 off 13 balls but it was not enough for the team to get them over the line. They fell 13 runs short of a target.
Mumbai Indians form
L, W, W, W, L, L
Gujarat Titans form guide in IPL 2023
On the other hand, GT is coming into this game with an unbelievable win against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). LSG restricted GT to a below-par total of 135 on a sluggish wicket. Only the captain Hardik Pandya and Wriddhiman Saha chipped in with 66 and 47 respectively in the first inning.
LSG openers made a quick start to the run chase and added 55 runs inside 6.3 overs. At one stage, they were 106 for 1, and more than 5 overs were still left. But they continuously lost wickets at regular intervals and captain KL Rahul struggled to get going in the end.
It was an unexpected thing that happened and no one believed that LSG lost this game with this kind of a position. Mohammad Shami and Mohit Sharma bowled an excellent spell to pull the game for GT.
Now, they will look to continue their winning run against Mumbai Indians. While Mumbai hopes to rectify itself in the bowling department and there might be some changes in the bowling strategies from the management.
Gujarat Titan’s form
W, L, W, L, W, W
Let’s see the probable playing XI of both teams.
GT vs MI Expected playing XIs:-
Judging Arjun Tendulkar on just one bad over is too early for MI. They might use an impact player in the bowling department if they want, depending on the situation. Otherwise, no changes are expected from the franchise.
MI Predicted Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Tilak Varma, Arjun Tendulkar, Hrithik Shokeen, Jofra Archer, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff
Why change something which is not broken? GT will look to play with the same XI as this combination is giving them some good results.
GT Predicted Playing XI:
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, Mohit Sharma
GT VS MI: Players to watch out for
The batter was struggling to get going at the start of the tournament. But as we always say, form is temporary, but class is permanent. He scored runs in the last game and the team will expect him to continue his flow against GT.
It’s been a while since we have seen that dangerous Jofra Archer who picks wickets whenever he wants. It will be important for MI that Jofra Archer will lead from the front in the bowling department.
Gill is very consistent and two back-to-back failures will motivate him to do well in the next game. If he does well at the top, it will be easier for the other batters to explode in the end.
You can always bet on a player like Rashid Khan and you will get the results in favor 8 out of 10 times. He is a full package with a bat, ball, and in the field. His bowling will be important in the middle overs to restrict the hard hitters of MI.
Let’s see how this game between MI and GT panned out. Both teams will look to get those two crucial points in IPL 2023. It will be an interesting clash between the two good teams. What is your prediction for this game? Comment down below.
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