The second double-header of Indian Premier League 2022 will be on Saturday, April 2. The second match of the day is scheduled between Gujarat and Delhi, which is set to be played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. This will be a 7:30 pm start and it will be interesting to see how the pitch behaves in this fixture. Both these sides have won their first match respectively in IPL 2022 and ahead of their highly-anticipated face-off, here is a stat-based prediction of what could happen in this game.
1. Toss Prediction
Both Gujarat and Delhi won their first toss of IPL 2022. Hardik Pandya won his first toss as captain in the first match. Meanwhile, in the last five matches, Delhi have won two tosses. So the prediction from here is that Gujarat will win the toss against Delhi.
2. Win Possibility
The two teams have never met before as this is only the second match for Gujarat. Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur and Rishabh Pant have been one of the consistent performers in the tournament in recent years. For Gujarat, the performance of Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan and Shami will be key. Overall, Delhi seems to be the more well-rounded team on paper.
3. Team of the Day
The team of the day is Delhi as they have gone on to show remarkable consistency in recent years. The only thing that has been missing is a trophy to show for but Delhi have been absolutely sensational in the last three IPL seasons. While Gujarat are a new team and even though they won their first match against Lucknow, Delhi are likely to be too strong for the newcomers.
4. Powerplay Score
The average powerplay score at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune has been 42. In IPL 2022 games, the average powerplay score so has been 46.0. Delhi have aggressive batters in their top 3. As a result, they should be able to score more than 40 runs inside the powerplay barring an early wicket. Meanwhile, the Gujarat top order is expected to start a bit slow considering their first match performance.
5. Average first innings and second innings scores
The average first innings score at this venue in the last 5 matches has been 176. In the second innings, the average drops to 162.8. However, considering the dew factor the teams would continue to look to chase in IPL 2022.
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