IPL 2022 KKR vs GT, 35th Match Preview: Table toppers Gujarat Titans meet stuttering Kolkata
The out-of-form Kolkata Knight Riders started off their campaign on a brilliant note, winning three of their first four matches of IPL 2022.
KKR lose track
However, their campaign has been derailed with three back-to-back losses.
It was their bowling line up which was looking a cut above the rest to begin with, with Umesh Yadav firing with the new ball and Varun Chakravarty and Sunil Narine not allowing the batters any wiggle room in the middle.
Chakravarthy, Cummins struggling with control
However, Umesh Yadav has gone for a few runs in KKR's last couple of games. The bigger trouble for them has been the form of Varun Chakravarty who has consistently leaked runs without taking any wickets in the last few matches.
Pat Cummins, who came into the side as a big ticket signing in place of Tim Southee, has failed to provide them control. He did score the joint fastest IPL half-century -- and let's not debate about whether it was a flash in the pan or not -- but his primary role is with the ball and one feels that Tim Southee can do that much better, at least at the moment.
The team decided to swap the batting positions of Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine in the last match and that is something they are likely to persist with.
Iyer has been struggling at the top of the order for KKR. He did play some fine knocks for Team India as a finisher in recent times and the swap might just be what the doctor ordered to bring KKR back to good health.
Aaron Finch's pyrotechnics at the top of the order in the last match is an encouraging sign for the team.
Pandya set to be back for Gujarat
Gujarat Titans' captain Hardik Pandya missed the last match due to a tight groin but should be back for this game.
In his absence, stand-in captain Rashid Khan did a great job along with David Miller and Lockie Ferguson, guiding Gujarat to their 5th victory from 6 matches as the franchise now finds itself at the top of the table.
Predicted Playing XIs
Kolkata Knight Riders - Sunil Narine, Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Tim Southee/Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy
Gujarat Titans - Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
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