GT vs MI: Chennai ready for the title clash, who will get the ticket to the final, Gujarat or Mumbai?

GT vs MI: Chennai ready for the title clash, who will get the ticket to the final, Gujarat or Mumbai?

Akash Madhwal’s excellent bowling boosts Lucknow Supergiants’ big win in Eliminator Mumbai Indians The defending champions will face the defending champions in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held here on Friday. Gujarat Titans have to face a tough challenge. Madhwal took five wickets for five runs in the eliminator played in Chennai on Wednesday, helping five-time IPL champions Mumbai beat Lucknow by 81 runs. Despite the absence of players like Jasprit Bumrah and Joffra Archer, this big victory of Mumbai is a warning bell for other teams.

Mumbai’s performance this season has been fluctuating, but now it seems that its team has returned to its best form at the right time. Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav and Tim David have faced the challenges well so far. Apart from him, young batsman Nehal Badhera is also making an impact, while the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan are also playing their part. With this, the Rohit Sharma-led team is moving strongly towards its sixth title. Gujarat bowlers will have a tough test in front of these batsmen.

Rohit’s team’s bowling is strength

Madhwal took five wickets for five runs in 3.5 overs in the last match. The team will expect similar good performance from him. Experienced leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and fast bowler Jason Behrendorff have also bowled impressively. In the last few matches, fast bowler Chris Jordan took one wicket for seven runs in two overs against Lucknow, which is a good sign for Mumbai.

Hardik’s form a matter of concern

However, the poor performance of captain Hardik Pandya is a matter of concern for Gujarat. He has scored only 45 runs in the last five matches. David Miller has also failed to play big innings in the middle order. In the last three matches, he did not even reach double digits.

Gujarat will come out to perform its best

Gujarat Titans will enter this match after suffering a defeat from Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings team in the first qualifier. He will have to do his best to make it to the IPL final for the second time in a row. All the players of Gujarat have made significant contribution so far. Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar have performed brilliantly in batting.

Gill did not perform as expected against Chennai, but this opener, who scored a century in the last two matches of the league stage, will be the biggest challenge for Mumbai. Gill has handled the batting responsibility of Gujarat Titans very well. This can be gauged from the fact that he has scored 722 runs in 15 matches so far.

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