With five wins from six games to date, it was a debut season to remember for the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Hardik Pandya-led side is currently second in the points table and will now face the Kolkata Knight Riders, who have been winless in their last three games. GT defeated Chennai Super Kings in a thriller in their final match, despite the absence of their skipper Hardik, who was able to make his return to the team.
Here’s how Gujarat Titans can take on KKR:
Shubman Gill: He has been in good form for Gujarat this season but has failed to impress in the last two games. He will give GT a good start at the top of the order.
Wriddhiman Saha: The veteran wicketkeeper batter replaced Matthew Wade in the previous game, but failed to pull off a big knock for his team. He will likely be supported by management for another match.
Hardik Pandya: The GT skipper missed the last game due to a groin injury. However, he is likely to make his comeback in the playing XI. Hardik has been in great shape this season and has contributed both bat and ball.
David Miller: He was named man of the match in the previous match against CSK, with an unbeaten 94 from 51 balls. He will try to play a similar knockout for his team in the next match.
Abhinav Manohar: The 27-year-old has been quite hit and miss this season so far. In six matches, Abhinav scored 106 points with an average of 26.5.
Rahul Tewatia: Rahul Tewatia was attracted to GT because of his all-round abilities, but has yet to start. So far, he has scored just 79 runs and hasn’t taken a wicket either.
Rashid Khan: Rashid Khan was the captain of the team in the previous match. He stepped up in Hardik’s absence and crushed a 40 counter-attack. The Afghan star has also done well with the ball.
Mohammed Shami: The Indian pacesetter has looked good so far, taking 6 wickets in six matches so far. However, he leaked a few runs during the death overs.
Lockie Ferguson: The Kiwi pacer has been quite frugal this season, conceding 46 runs in the last game and failing to take a wicket either. So far, Ferguson has taken eight wickets in six matches.
Alzari Joseph: The lanky pacer made his GT debut in the previous race and immediately impressed. He took two important wickets and will likely keep his place in the team.
Darshan Nalkande: Yash Dayal leaked a lot of runs in the last two games and could be replaced by Darshan Nalkande in the playing XI. Nalkande has so far played two games and taken two wickets. He will try to impress the management if given the chance.
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