The 44th match of the season is set to witness a riveting contest between the high-flying table-toppers Gujarat Titans, and the bottom-ranked Delhi Capitals.
While the Titans have been nothing short of phenomenal this season, with their impressive performances, the Capitals have struggled to find their feet in the tournament, languishing at the bottom of the points table.
However, as the saying goes, rank determines nothing in this great tournament, as anything can happen on any given day.
Speaking of the Titans, the defending champions have been unstoppable so far, winning six out of their first eight games and currently sitting at the top of the table. Their success has been a result of a well-balanced squad, where each player has contributed to the team's victories.
On the other hand, the Capitals have had a poor season so far, with only two wins from eight games. In their last game against Hyderabad, they showed glimpses of brilliance, with Philip Salt excelling with a brilliant 35-ball 59. However, the batting unit as a whole has struggled to fire, and the team will need everyone to step up if they are to challenge the might of the Titans.
The Gujarat Titans are currently enjoying a purple patch, having registered three consecutive victories in the IPL. The opening pair has been a formidable force, providing the team with solid starts. Vijay Shankar and David Miller have been phenomenal in the middle, adding depth to the team's batting line-up.
However, maybe the only area of concern for the Titans is the performance of Rashid Khan, who has been leaking runs this season. The usually frugal leg-spinner has gone for an unusual number of runs, which may be a cause for worry for the team.
The team looks solid, and we expect no changes to the playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Abhinav Manohar, Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Joshua Little
David Warner, the prolific Australian batsman, has been going through a lean patch with low scores in the last few games. Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh put up a fantastic all-round performance in the last game, bagging four wickets and smashing a quick-fire 63 off just 39 deliveries.
However, for the Capitals to perform consistently, Indian batsmen like Manish Pandey and Sarfaraz Khan need to show more consistency and support the team. Although Kuldeep Yadav has been economical with the ball, the team management would like him to pick up more wickets.
We expect no changes to the playing XI
Predicted Lineup: David Warner (c), Philip Salt (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Ripal Patel,Sarfaraz Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar
The season has been a tale of two extremes for Gujarat and Delhi in the IPL. Gujarat has only lost two games so far, while Delhi has managed to win just two.
Delhi's batting has been lackluster, with Axar Patel being the lone warrior for the team. It's strange that he hasn't been promoted up the order.
In contrast, Gujarat looks like a well-balanced team, and with this game being played in their home stadium in Ahmedabad, we expect them to win this match comfortably against Delhi.