Capitals struggling with injuries are trying to hamper the campaign of Titans

Capitals struggling with injuries

Capitals struggling with injuries
Rishabh Pant and Jake Fraser-McGurk set the target for Delhi Capitals against LSG
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The Capitals will be without David Warner, who suffered a finger injury while batting against LSG

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Gujarat Titans (GT – 6th; P6 W3 L3) vs Delhi Capitals (DC – 9th; P6 W2 L4)

Ahmedabad, 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT)

Big Picture – Gill Titans vs Pant Capitals

There is a difference of just two points between Gujarat Titans and Delhi Capitals and yet they are three places apart in the points table. The Titans are placed sixth and like last year, have won three and lost three of their first six matches. Their highest run scorer till now, Shubman Gill has led them from the front. Another positive for the Titans is Rashid Khan’s return to form. Rashid started this IPL by taking four wickets at an average of 36.25 and economy of 9.06. But in the last two matches, he has bounced back with two wickets at an average of 23, while scoring only 5.75 runs per over.

The Titans will also be happy that Rashid has silenced Capitals captain Rishabh Pant. Rashid has allowed Pant to score only 94 runs in 87 balls in all T20s. But like Gill, Pant has also shown the way to his team despite the Capitals being in ninth position. So far, Pant has scored 194 runs at a strike rate of 157, having already been at his best with two half-centuries and some typically funky swipes and swipes.

Capitals got their campaign back on track by defeating Lucknow Super Giants last week. Jake Fraser-McGurk scored a half-century in that game, while Kuldeep Yadav, returning from injury, took 3 for 20 to push LSG back. But the Capitals are now worried about the injury of David Warner, who suffered a finger injury while batting against LSG. Capitals coach Ricky Ponting said on Tuesday that Warner has not been able to ‘hold the bat properly’ yet. That will leave Warner out against the Titans, who will be wary that things could get interesting in the second half of the season if the Capitals beat them on Wednesday.

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(Last five matches; most recent first)

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Team News and Impact Player Strategy

gujarat titans

Sai Sudarshan confirmed on the eve of the game that David Miller, who missed three matches due to injury, is “ready to play”. With Miller available against the Capitals, the Titans could move Matthew Wade out. Then, the wicketkeeping gloves will be back in the hands of Wriddhiman Saha, who sat out the Titans’ last two fixtures due to back spasms. Saha batted for long periods during practice, as well as kept wickets, indicating that he is all set to start against the Capitals.

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Against Rajasthan Royals, the Titans finally picked M Shahrukh Khan after he had spent the season on the bench despite being contracted for Rs 7.4 crore. Coming in as an impact sub for Mohit Sharma, he scored 14 runs in eight balls in what proved to be a last-ball victory for the Titans. They may continue to use the same pairings, with who replacing whom depending on whether the Titans bat or bowl first.

Probable XII: 1 Shubman Gill (capt), 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Sai Sudarshan, 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 David Miller, 6 Rahul Tewatia, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Noor Ahmed, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Spencer Johnson, 11 Mohit Sharma, 12 Shahrukh Khan

Delhi Capitals

Warner’s absence has added to the Capitals’ injury woes after Mitchell Marsh flew back to Australia with a partial hamstring injury. With Warner missing, Capitals are likely to start with Abhishek Porel if they bat first and Jhye Richardson if they chase.

Probable XII: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Abhishek Porel, 3 Shai Hope, 4 Rishabh Pant (captain & wk), 5 Tristan Stubbs, 6 Axar Patel, 7 Jake Fraser-McGurk, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mukesh Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Khalil Ahmed, 12 Jhay Richardson

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The top three wicket takers in the last IPL were all from the Titans. One of them, Mohit Sharma, has had a good time this season as well. In the absence of Mohammed Shami and some support from Hardik Pandya, Mohit has been the leading wicket-taker for the Titans this year. His eight wickets have come for 27 runs, although he has taken wickets at the rate of 9.39 runs per over. But when Mohit is bowling in Ahmedabad, the average drops to 13.03 and the economy to 7.82. So hopefully Mohit will again impress with his variations.

Jake Fraser-McGurk turned 22 a day before he led the Capitals to victory on his IPL debut when he scored 55 off 35 balls. But he is already enjoying some stardom. Last October, Fraser-McGurk scored a List A century off just 29 balls, breaking AB de Villiers’ record of 31 balls. This February, in his second ODI for Australia, he scored 41 off just 18 balls against the West Indies. With Marsh and Warner missing, Fraser-McGurk could provide the spark the Capitals need to move up the table.

statistics matter

Since 2022, only three batsmen have made at least three runs in the IPL with an average of over 40 and striking above 140. I have scored 1000 runs. Gill, one of those batsmen, has been the best in all three metrics.

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Tristan Stubbs, one of the in-form batsmen of Capitals, has the upper hand over Rashid. Stubbs has faced nine balls from the Titans legspinner in T20s but has scored 22 runs off them – including three sixes.

Most of the Capitals bowlers would like to be careful against Miller. His strike rate against Ishant Sharma is 288, whom he has hit two fours and three sixes in nine balls in T20. On the other hand, Mukesh Kumar was out after scoring 24 runs in eight balls. Miller also scored 171 and 168 runs against Khaleel Ahmed and Axar Patel respectively.

pitch and conditions

The two matches in Ahmedabad saw scores of 168 and 162 while batting first, but it reached 199 when the Titans were playing Punjab Kings. The last two games were won by the team chasing the target, while the first game was lost by only six runs. So expect the team winning the toss to bowl first.

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