Date: May 26, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
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The Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League 2023 will be played between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The home side GT lost their Qualifier 1 match against Chennai Super Kings in Chennai by 15 runs. Meanwhile, MI have beaten Lucknow Super Giants at Chepauk in a one-sided Eliminator by 81 runs. Moreover, in their previous two games against each other in the IPL 2023 season, both Mumbai and Gujarat attained home wins in a convincing fashion. So, the upcoming Qualifier 1 between both sides promises to be relatively close from start to finish.
The pitches at the Narendra Modi Stadium are not easy to start for the top-order batters against the fast bowlers in the initial overs, but it becomes easier to play strokes as the innings go on. The average first innings score at this venue in the IPL is 166, while it rises up to 187 in the current season. So the expectation of a total in excess of 180 in the first innings is definitely not out of the question when GT takes on MI in Qualifier 2.
In Qualifier 1 played at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the batters of Gujarat Titans found it difficult to have any fluency in their strokeplay right throughout the innings against Chennai Super Kings. But at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the likes of Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, David Miller, and Vijay Shankar will have a better chance of putting up big scores with the bat in hand. In the bowling department, for Gujarat, Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan have been the two most consistent wicket-takers in the IPL 2023 season, but they will be looking for better support from Noor Ahmad and Mohit Sharma in particular.
SportsTiger Playing XI of GT
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Joshua Little (Potential Impact Substitute - Sai Sudharshan for Joshua Little)
The batting lineup for Mumbai Indians played wonderfully at the Chepauk in the Eliminator, as they managed to put up a total in excess of 180 on the board. Suryakumar Yadav, Cameron Green, and Tim David are some of the MI batters who have been amongst the runs quite regularly this IPL season. The bowling attack of Mumbai has been bolstered immensely by the incredible performances from Akash Madhwal in their last couple of matches, while their experienced pros like Piyush Chawla and Jason Behrendorff are quietly getting the business done for the side as well.
SportsTiger Playing XI of MI
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Kumar Kartikeya, Akash Madhwal (Potential Impact Substitute - Nehal Wadhera for Suryakumar Yadav)
M atch Prediction
The defending champions Gujarat Titans are playing Qualifier 2 at home in Ahmedabad, but still, they will have to be on their game from ball one to have the best possible chance of upstaging the five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians to reach the final this season.
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