We have completed the league games in the Indian Premier League 2022, and the top two teams, the Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals, will face off in the first qualifier. Both teams have been playing at their best. While the Titans won 10 of the 14 games, they were defeated by the Royals and finished with 9 victories. Both teams’ key players have been in good form, and we anticipate a close game.
The two teams met earlier in the season, and the Titans came away with a big win, which will boost their confidence. The Titans have been a team effort this season, with most of their players looking in good shape. The Royals have also had one of their best seasons in recent memory. Both teams will be vying for a direct entry into the final, and we anticipate a thrilling contest.
The Qualifier 1 between Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals will take place on May 24th, 2022 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Match Details to Note
Match: Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals, Qualifier 1, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: May 24, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals Team Previews
Hardik Pandya’s team has had a fantastic season. In their first season, they defied all expectations by finishing first in the points table. Though the team suffered a crushing defeat against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous game, it was an outlier. Most of their key players have been in good form. Pandya has led from the start, and a strong performance here could secure him a place in the finals. They had previously defeated the Royals, and the Titans captain would like his players to take inspiration from that victory.
Wriddhiman Saha has performed admirably in his new role as an opener, and he will look to provide a solid start alongside Shubman Gill in this game. This year, Gill has made over 400 runs. Pandya has been a solid middle-order pillar, and the team would like to see him form partnerships with Matthew Wade. With their big-hitting abilities, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, and Rashid Khan have made a difference for the side, and the side will look for a good show from them down the order.
Mohammad Shami has gone for runs in recent games, but he has bowled well and will need early breakthroughs with Pandya because the Royals are strong at the top. Rashid Khan has been at his best, and the team wants the magician to outperform the batsmen. Given the powerful batting lineup they face, Lockie Ferguson, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, and Yash Dayal will have to limit the flow of runs in the game.
Gujarat Titans Squad
Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade (wk), Wriddhiman Saha, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Hardik Pandya (c), Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Pradeep Sangwan, Varun Aaron, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Darshan Nalkande, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Dominic Drakes, Sai Sudharsan, Yash Dayal, Noor Ahmad
Predicted XI: Hardik Pandya (c), Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade (wk), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
Sanju Samson’s team delivered when it mattered most, finishing second on the points table. The team comes here after a five-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings in their previous game. This is their first playoff appearance since 2015, and Sampson will look to capitalise on the momentum. They had lost to the Titans earlier in the season, and Sampson would like his players to perform better here.
The team would be concerned about Jos Buttler’s recent slump in form, as he has only made 63 runs in the last five games after making 566 in the first nine. He must make an enthralling first impression on Yashasvi Jaiswal. Sampson, Devdutt Padikkal, and Ravichandran Aswin have scored runs in the middle order and will look to increase the scoring rate. Riyan Parag and Shimron Hetmyer are both good hitters who will need to come up big in the final overs.
Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna must make good use of the new ball, as their inconsistency has been a source of concern for the team. With 26 wickets, Yuzvendra Chahal has been the best bowler this season, and he must work with Ashwin to limit the flow of runs in the middle overs. Because the Titans have big hitters in the lower middle order, Obed McCoy should do well as a 5th bowler.
Rajasthan Royals Squad
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (wk/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Navdeep Saini, KC Cariappa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Karun Nair, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal
Predicted XI: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy
Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals Toss Prediction
Due to the overcast conditions, we expect the ball to move a little in the early overs on this new wicket. Batsmen must be cautious, and the conditions are expected to improve in the second innings. It will be a high-pressure match, and the team that wins the toss will want to bowl first and set a target score.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Eden Gardens in Kolkata is one of India’s largest grounds with extensive boundaries. The flat wicket allows batsmen to play their strokes. In the early overs of the game, this ground provides some assistance to fast bowlers. Spinners thrive because the deep boundaries provide them with extra protection as they experiment with their speed and length.
The weather in Kolkata is expected to be cloudy on May 24, with rain possible during the game. Fast bowlers would benefit from the conditions and get the ball moving. It would be difficult for the batsmen, and they would have to pick their strokes carefully. The team batting first would be content with 170 runs on this wicket.
Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals Match Prediction
Both sides have shown their class thus far, so it is expected to be a close contest. Rajasthan Royals have done well with the bat, but they would benefit from a good knock from Jos Buttler, whose runs have dried up. In this game, their new ball attack must also face the challenge head on. Gujarat Titans have performed like a well-oiled machine. They have had the best finishers in the tournament, which gives them a slight advantage.
Gujarat Titans is the favourite to beat Rajasthan Royals at the odds of 1.75.
- Mohammad Shami and Rashid Khan have shared 36 wickets for GT and won games for the team.
- RR’s top run-scorer of the season, Jos Buttler, has scored just 63 runs in the last five games, which is concerning for the team.
- Shubman Gill, David Miller, and Hardik Pandya have all scored more than 1100 runs for GT this season.