Gokul Pradeep V: “GT looks spin heavy and LSG looks pace heavy. It will be interesting to see who will have the upper hand among pacers and spinners ” — Seamers have enjoyed it more here.
7.10pm Twenty minutes for the first ball. Here are our fantasy cricket tips. And in case you’re wondering whether to choose between Shami and Chameera, then here’s our Maruti Suzuki ASKcricinfo stat: Shami or Chameera, who has the better powerplay bowling average in IPL 2022?
Toss: Gujarat Titans win toss, bat first. “Think wicket will play similar,” Hardik says. “(Recent losses) We have won five games where we should’ve lost, so the odds caught up. We told the boys that the tournament is far from over and we have many important matches. Three changes: No Lockie. Wade comes in. Sai Sudharsan doesn’t play. Sangwan out, Yash Dayal in, as is Sai Kishore. Tactical, looking at the ground dynamics.”
KL Rahul: “Toss works well for us. I didn’t know team batting first is doing well. But batting first can be tricky – probably gives our bowlers the best chance to bowl on this pitch. Karan comes in for Ravi Bishnoi.”
Debut #Klaxon Both sides handing out caps. Karan Sharma will make his first appearance for Super Giants. This is not that Karn Sharma. Believe it or not, Karan was Ranji Trophy captain on his first-class debut!R Sai Kishore, the left-arm spinner from Tamil Nadu, will be playing for the Titans. Did you know? Six different teams bid for Sai Kishore in the IPL auction. Only Tim David and Deepak Hooda got six teams interested. Here’s more on Sai.
Aj : “I’m not Indian so I don’t follow their domestic cricket closely, but every time there is a talk about the best spinners in India Sai Kishore’s name comes up, expecting to see why tonight “
Manish: “The IPL winner is Karn Sharma, who’s in RCB. This is Karan Sharma.”
Under ten minutes for the toss. The team batting first has won their last five games! In all, it is 8-3 to the team batting first.
Pitch and ground conditions: It’s a breezy evening. It’s a centre wicket, so no clear big-small side. 21 of the 25 wickets taken on this strip (pitch number 8) have been taken by seam bowlers. Deep Dasgupta says, “firm, hard deck and the breeze will help pacers.”
Nabin : “Saha has been the silent killer this season, not making enough noise but has been outstanding at the top, specially in the Powerplay” — Especially important with Gill crossing 30+ only twice in his last seven outings.
If you include both batting and bowling (not captaincy) – which Pandya has impressed you more? #HaveYourSay in the comments.
Samrat Ahuja: “Hardik’s batting (and bowling) was a relevation in the first half! His form has tapered off a little, and with the pitches now slowing down and turning, Krunal is coming into the fore! Both brothers have been highly impressive!”
Afeef: “David Miller and Rahul Tewatia are just made for each other. They were together at KXIP, then together at RR and now together at GT. And they’ve formed one of the strongest partnerships this season. Even their jersey numbers, Tewatia’s is 9 and Miller’s is 10!”
Ian Bishop and Daniel Vettori on the video preview answering the big questions. Exciting to hear Bishop say that he sees Mohsin Khan in the same bracket as Arshdeep Singh this season!
Mahesh: “”It is an important game for Titans having lost 2 games in a row, they would like to get a win and gain the momentum back”” — Good point, and Hardik Pandya has said after their last defeat that their batting was to blame. And remember, Avesh Khan’s return last game have made the Super Giants bowling stronger again. Here’s more in our match preview.
Wondering how your favourite team can make the top four? Here’s our Scenarios piece.
6.30pm The newbies face off again – this time with victory assuring qualification into the top 4 , and if other games go their way, maybe even into the top two. It is KL Rahul v Hardik Pandya, Gautam Gambhir v Ashish Nehra, Lucknow Super Giants v Gujarat Titans. Sit back and enjoy ESPNcricinfo’s coverage for what promises to be two high-quality, in-form teams looking to extend their domination in their rookie season.