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

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

GT vs KKR

Having suffered three defeats in a row, the Shreyas Iyer-led outfit has slipped to seventh in the table and the task gets tougher against the Titans, who have been a revelation in their maiden season. The Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans have been firing on all cylinders, with their batting prowess and bowling might.

Pandya pulled out of their last match against Chennai Super Kings owing 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 win over the four-time champions.

The biggest plus in their win against CSK was Rashid’s sensational form with the bat as he smashed a 21-ball 40 to help his team chase down the target with a ball spare.

RCB vs SRH

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

RCB have won five out of their seven games, and SRH have won four of the six matches they’ve played. Both teams have perfectly functional bowling attacks and both have batting units that can rise to the occasion if called upon.

Previous results

KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders are heading into the contest on the back of three successive defeats in the IPL. KKR lost to Delhi Capitals, SRH and then Rajasthan Royals.

GT: Gujarat Titans are high on confidence with a stunning win over Chennai Super Kings. In fact, they are on a 2-match winning streak after beating RR and CSK.

SRH: Kane Williamson’s Orange Army may have started on a poor note but they have turned around a poor start to the season with a four-match winning streak in IPL 2022.

RCB: The Faf du Plessis-led side have consistently picked up positive results, winning five out of seven matches to find themselves comfortably placed in the playoff spots on the IPL 2022 Points Table.

KEY PLAYERS

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

GT: The likes of David Miller and Shubman Gill have shouldered the responsibility with the bat while Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan and Lockie Ferguson have been brilliant with the ball. Captain Hardik Pandya has showcased 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 different 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, Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson, Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran form a formidable batting unit.

PREDICTED PLAYING 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

Sunrisers 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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