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IPL 2022 GT vs RR, Qualifier 1 Preview: Running out of steam, Gujarat bank on bowlers to produce magic

Running out of steam, Gujarat bank on bowlers to produce magic
Running out of steam, Gujarat bank on bowlers to produce magic

Rajasthan Royals have done exceedingly well to sneak into the top two ahead of Lucknow Super Giants and ensure that they have a couple of chances of making it to the final.

Live Scores and Stats - IPL 2022 GT vs RR, Qualifier 1

RR peak at the right time

The team suffered a slight wobble in the middle phase but won 3 of their last 4 group matches to seal the second spot. Rajasthan are coming off a 5-wicket victory in the last group match and enter the playoffs quite confident.

They have one of the most settled playing XIs in the IPL with Obed McCoy having grown into his role well.

Rajasthan, a settled unit

The team went in with just three overseas players for the longest time but with Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer and Trent Boult also in the mix, the team is looking like a pretty solid unit at the moment.

Yashasvi Jaiswal has hit form at the perfect time and even as Jos Buttler, the orange cap holder in the tournament, has lost form over the last 7 games, Gujarat will be wary of the England opener.

RR's strong bowling attack

Ravichandran Ashwin has shown his batting capability in the last few matches and the option is still open for Rajasthan to use him as a floater. Hetmyer is back with the side and his finishing abilities can turn out to be make or break for Rajasthan.

Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna will be expected to provide the team with early wickets while Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin have dried the runs in the middle overs. McCoy, who is known for his cutters and his back of the hand slower balls, will take charge at the death.

Can Saha regain fitness?

Gujarat have not been at their best over the last 5 games and have lost 3 of them. The team did not have a great outing in their last group match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, losing the match by 8 wickets.

The team will expect Wriddhiman Saha to have recovered from his hamstring injury and keep wickets. Saha has been a revelation for the side with the bat and has scored over 300 runs at a brilliant strike rate.

Alzarri Joseph is expected to return to the GT playing XI. If the Gujarat batters can get some runs on the board, they have the bowling line up to pull the result in their favour.

Predicted Playing XIs

Gujarat Titans - Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami

Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy

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