Today at IPL: GT look to reclaim top spot vs struggling KKR, RCB take on SRH in battle of equals

Gujarat Titans will compete for the top spot on the IPL 2022 points table, while SunRisers Hyderabad will aim to extend their winning streak when the two teams come into action on Saturday’s double-header.

GT vs KKR

After suffering three defeats in a row, the Shreyas Iyer-led outfit has dropped to seventh and the task gets tougher against the Titans, who were a revelation in their first season. The Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans have fired every cylinder, with their agility and bowling prowess.

Pandya withdrew from their last game against Chennai Super Kings due to a groin injury, but it was business as usual for the Titans as stand-in skipper Rashid Khan led the team to a three-wicket victory over the four-time champions.

The biggest plus in their win against CSK was Rashid’s sensational form with the bat as he busted a 21-ball 40 to help his team chase the goal with a reserve of ball.

RCB vs SRH

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will face a tough test against a rampant Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) when the two sides meet in match 36 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday 23rd April .

RCB has won five of their seven games and SRH has won four of the six games played. Both teams have perfectly functional bowling attacks and both have hitting units that can provide opportunity when called upon.

Previous results

KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders enter the competition after three consecutive defeats in the IPL. KKR lost to Delhi Capitals, SRH and then Rajasthan Royals.

GT: Gujarat Titans are very confident with a stunning win over Chennai Super Kings. They even have a 2 game winning streak after beating RR and CSK.

SRH: Kane Williamson’s Orange Army may have gotten off to a bad start, but they’ve turned around a bad start to the season with a four-game win streak in IPL 2022.

RCB: The Faf du Plessis-led squad has consistently achieved positive results, winning five out of seven matches to be comfortably in the play-off spots on the IPL 2022 points table.

KEY PLAYERS

KKR: Umesh Yadav and Sunil Narine were the star performers with the ball in hand, while the return of Shreyas Iyer in a narrow defeat to RR would be a boost for KKR’s struggling batting unit.

GT: The likes of David Miller and Shubman Gill took responsibility with the bat, while Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan and Lockie Ferguson were brilliant with the ball. Captain Hardik Pandya has shown his prowess as an all-rounder.

RCB: Virat Kohli has had a dismal run with the bat, but the likes of Faf du Plessis, Dinesh Karthik and Glenn Maxwell have stepped up on several occasions. Harshal Patel and Josh Hazlewood have done their job with the ball for Bangalore.

SRH: Umran Malik, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Marco Jansen make up the best fast bowling unit of the season. On the other hand, Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson, Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran make up a formidable batting unit.

PREDICT XI

Kolkata Knight Riders: Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sheldon Jackson (wk), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy

Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj

Sunrise Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shashank Singh, J Suchith, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik

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