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Indian T20 League 2022: Match 35- Kolkata vs Gujarat- Preview, Playing XIs, Pitch Report & Updates

Gujarat sits on top of the points table, with five wins in six games.

Kolkata vs Gujarat
Shreyas Iyer-Hardik Pandya (Image source- BCCI/IPL)

Kolkata and Gujarat will clash in 35th match of the Indian T20 League 2022. DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai will host the match on the 23rd of April. The two teams have had very different seasons so far. Kolkata is seventh in the points table with three victories in seven games. Gujarat, on the other side, leads the standings with five wins in six games.

Team Updates

Kolkata

The men in purple are coming off a thriller against Rajasthan that could have gone their way but did not. Kolkata, however, has taken some positives from the game. Aaron Finch, their opener, came in and struck a fast and crucial half-century. Shreyas Iyer also took the responsibility and scored some important runs. In the end, Kolkata fell short by just seven runs in a high scoring thriller. The bowling unit, on the other hand, has not been able to perform as it did in the initial games.

The game against Gujarat is crucial for Kolkata because they have lost their previous three games. The Shreyas Iyer-led team will look to win this match and get back to the winning track. To win this match, their bowlers must rise to the occasion, while their batters must retain their form from the previous match.

Players to watch out for

Shreyas Iyer- With 236 runs in seven games, Shreyas Iyer is the highest run-scorer for Kolkata. He has a strike rate of 148, which proves his intent in the game. He will now have to be a little more consistent with the performances and win the team some matches.

Andre Russell- The vintage Andre Russell is slowly getting into his grove this season. However, he still needs to up his game and score runs with better consistency He has scored 179 runs this season and is Kolkata’s second-highest run-scorer.

Probable Playing XI

Venkatesh Iyer, Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy

Gujarat

Gujarat has been phenomenal this season. They have only lost one game in their debut season so far. The Hardik Pandya-led team will look forward to continuing their good run. However, they need to work on some aspects. Some of their middle-order batters are struggling to find form thus Gujarat will expect them to fix their flaws as soon as possible. The bowling tough has been brilliant.

Players to watch out for

Hardik Pandya- The newly appointed captain, Hardik Pandya, has been a great performer for the team. He has given all-round performances and has scored 228 runs for the team. He is Gujarat’s highest run-scorer and would want to maintain that.

Mohammad Shami-  Mohammad Shami has taken eight wickets with an economy of 7.58. He has been sensational with the new ball and picked up wickets upfront in almost every game.

Probable Playing XI

Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan (c), Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami

Pitch Report

The DY Patil Stadium track has slowed down somewhat and spinners are becoming more of a threat now. The new ball has also swung for a few overs. The batters need to get set before cutting loose.

Match Details

Date- 23rd April 2022

Time- 3:30 p.m (IST)

Venue- DY Patil Stadium

Broadcast- Star Sports Network, DIsney+ Hotstar

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