Hyderabad and Gujarat will lock horns at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 27. The last time both teams played each other, Hyderabad won the game by eight wickets. The Hardik Pandya-led side has won five out of six games while the Hyderabad has won five out of seven games. They are on a five match winning streak. The clash between the two teams could be a mouth watering one.
They are coming off a close win against Kolkata. The Indian T20 League debutants are not far away from their opponents in terms of bowling average. They have an average of 25.79 and their economy rate is not that bad either, at (8.22). They have quality bowlers in their ranks such as Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Alzarri Joseph, and Rashid Khan. The only defeat they have faced in the tournament was against Hyderabad.
Hardik Pandya:Â The skipper of the team is the highest run-getter for his side with 295 runs in six games, including three fifties, with one of them coming in the game against Kolkata. He could be key to Gujarat’s fortunes with the bat.
Mohammed Shami:Â The right-arm pacer has troubled the batter with his pace and movement. He has taken 10 wickets in seven games. He hasÂ been lethal especially with the new ball in the powerplay. He could be the one to watch out for
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Abhinav Manohar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
They are coming off a huge win against Bangalore. Hyderabad has the best bowling average (20.69) in the ongoing season and their economy rate is 7.99. They have bowlers such as Umran Malik, Marco Jansen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T. Natarajan, who can make life difficult for the batters. In the previous encounter against Gujarat, they registered their first win of the season. They might play the same team who defeated Bangalore.
Abhishek Sharma: In the last game against Bangalore, he scored 47 runs off 28 balls to win the game for his team. The left-hander has the ability to tear apart bowling attacks. While he has been slightly inconsistent, he has played some crucial knocks for the team. .
Marco Jansen:Â The left-arm pacer took three wickets in the powerplay against Bangalore to break the back of the Men in red and black. With his pace, bounce and angle, he can trouble the Gujarat batters.
Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Marco Jansen, J Suchith, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik.
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time:Â 07:30 PM IST
Live Telecast:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
The pitch has gone considerably slower, which was clearly evident in the games between Lucknow vs Mumbai and Punjab vs Chennai. Batters need to get used to the pace of the wicket before cutting loose. It will not be easy to bat early on in the innings.