Preview by Prakhar
This is the advantage of the Gujarat Titans in the ongoing league stage of the IPL, Haldik Pandia in early May to see how his team reacts when they are at a disadvantage. I threw PBKS. He later admitted that the batting decision was prescient, that his team needed to prepare for this situation in the late game. The decision came after four straight victories, three of which were night games, and he chose to beat Toss to enter.
For starters, the consistent execution of results allowed Hardik to make such a bold decision, not just once. He did it again in the team's final game against LSG, earning a statement with 62 points. However, although firmly at the top of the list, the result of nine wins is a double-edged sword. Do 2 balls need 12? I won. 22% off 6? I won. 19% off 6? I won. A result that can really go from either direction to the final pocket is a testament to their steely nerves, but their luck this season has also tended to be an unpredictable ally. Still, heading into their penultimate race, they appear ready to advance in their first qualifying session with two points on Sunday afternoon.
The Chennai Super Kings are at the other end of the performance spectrum and now have a 2020-like vibe - a small positive, the only gain this season. Perhaps they could also aim to take home a finisher like 2020, a season where they ended up on a winning streak to avoid a humiliating wooden spoon.
When: Chennai Super Kings vs Gujarat Titans, 15th May, 15:30 IST
Where: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
What to expect: Pace, bounce, exercise? In the last match, CSK were tied at 97, MI chased and was hit by stormy weather, losing 5 wickets in the process, so all three were (massively) found. The Gujarat Titans - one of the best bowling teams this season - will be licking their lips in similar conditions.
Head to head: The last time the two sides met in April was their first meeting when David Miller and Rashid Khan teamed up for an incredible chase robbery
Chennai Super Kings
Tactics & Match-ups: Tame the high-flying Saha with PowerPlay is the key to CSK. Saha defeated 154 runs with a strike rate of 133.91 in 7 innings in the first 6 overs and was fired only twice in that phase. Enter Dwayne Bravo, who has a good record for the opener-with only 36 deliveries, admitting that he had fired him three times before.
When the two teams met early in the season, Miller, the protagonist of the three-wicket victory, was fired four times ago by the West Indians. Rahul Tewatia was also not very successful against Bravo, dropping twice with 19 balls and managing only 25 runs.
Probable XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Simarjeet Singh, Maheesh Theekshana/Prashant Solanki, Mukesh Choudhary/Rajvardhan Hangargekar/KM Asif
Tactics & Match-ups: One of their discoveries this season, Yash Dayal, was able to get back to normal early against CSK. Their opener, Ruturaj Gaikwad, had a 73 for a 48 in the reverse match but struggled against PowerPlay's left-handed pacer. He played eight times in 15 innings and won 91 from 95 pitches.
Probable XI: Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
Did You Know:
- Prithvi Shaw is the only Indian player to win more and higher SR than Wriddhiman Saha in PowerPlay.
-11 of Mukesh Choudhry's 16 wickets this season have been picked by PowerPlay
What they said:
"He (Hadiq Pandya) is aggressive and composed. His reflexes have diminished since he became captain. As the head of the family, it's important to be wise to understand what he's doing. As a captain, he sees A lot of changes came to the players. He said he needed to control himself because he had a lot of responsibilities. Cameras and social. With the media around, all the little things were magnified. He seemed troublesome at first, but he grew up in that role ,well-done." -Mohammed Shami.
"Like most teams, we're still learning the team and we can learn a lot and move on in the next few games. I can say there's not much between a great and a bad season. Gap. We've been through enough in these seasons to know that. We're not going to make too many adjustments, but we need to improve in some areas. - Stephen Fleming.