RR and GT go head to head for the 1st position on the table

RR welcomes league leader GT to the Sawai Man Singh Stadium for match no 48

(Cricket news) Both teams over the last two seasons have been the most consistent side as they tend to back their players in every situation. Vijay Shankar for example, last season he faced a very torrid time with the Titans but the team management knew he was better than that. They have trusted him with the crucial number 4 spot as he has the highest strike rate (290) out of all batters who have faced at least 24 deliveries in the death overs.

Rajasthan Royals on paper have the best team and have built themselves a T20 powerhouse team. They have the best top order in the league and their death bowling has wonderful variety which will hurt the team management after losing 4 matches as the last match they should have won where Yashasvi Jaiswal seemed to have single-handedly secured victory by scoring a brilliant hundred. The last time these two sides met, RR won a close battle thanks to Hetymer’s brilliance but doing the double over the defending champions will help them reclaim the top spot in the table.

Gujarat Titans:

Josh Little has been the find of the season, picking up five wickets in seven matches at a brilliant economy rate of 8.5 but he leaves India after this game to play for Ireland in an ODI series against Bangladesh. GT would want Wriddhiman Saha to find his last year’s form as he is averaging just 16 runs from nine games. KS Bharat is patiently waiting for his chance so it will be on the team management to play him or not. GT are likely going to sub Shubman Gill with fast bowler Mohit Sharma or vice versa

Titans Probably XII: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Wriddhiman Saha, 3 Hardik Pandya (capt), 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 David Miller, 6 Abhinav Manohar, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Noor Ahmad, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Josh Little, 12 Mohit Sharma

Rajasthan Royals:

Kuldeep Sen didn’t have a good game last time out but he is likely going to be the Impact Player. If not him, Royals might go back to left-armer Kuldip Yadav, who did well on his IPL debut last week.

Royals Probable XII: 1 Jos Buttler, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 4 Devdutt Padikkal, 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Dhruv Jurel, 7 Jason Holder, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Trent Boult, 12 Kuldip Yadav/Kuldeep Sen

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