IPL 2023 | MI vs GT | Qualifier 2, 26th May, 7:30 PM | Match Preview

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series: Indian Premier League 2023

Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians, Qualifier 2 26th may 7.30 PM IST

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Mumbai Indians who struggled with thier bowling early in the season have managed to reach the qualifier on the back of a brilliant bowling performance against LSG.
Akash Madhwal’s 5 for 5 in the Eliminator included wickets like Prerak Mankad at the top and Ayush Badoni and Pooran in the middle. He has been a great find for MI this season.
Gujarat Titans will be a little concerned about their middle order that has failed to deliver in the last couple of matches. The two back to back wins prior to the loss against
CSK in Chepauk featured a century from Gill and a handy knock from the number 3 batsman.
On a slowish pitch that helped spinners, GT fell like a house of cards with no star player in the middle order coming to rescue. They would hope that the Ahmedabad pitch is a belter allowing for easy stroke making.
GT’s bowling attack is far superior than most teams in IPL and they will pose a tough challenge to a star-studded MI lineup.

Gujarat Titans Preview
Hardik Pandya will need to be on his best day as Gujarat Titans face MI at home in another attempt to reach the IPL final. GT were the favourites against CSK in the last game even after the halfway stage.
Pandya will need to deliver with the bat in this all-important game. It was a good decision from the skipper to come in to bat at number 3. But unless he takes the attack to the bowlers, he isn’t doing justice to that position.

Mumbai Indians Preview
There is something about Mumbai Indians and knockout games. They always manage to gain the upper hand and hold their nerves to get across the line.
Rohit Sharma has plenty of experience and can lead even the most inexperienced players to do their best in pressure situations. Akash Madhwal, playing in his 7th IPL match, an Eliminator, picked a fifer that completely destroyed LSG.

Pitch Report
The batting first scores are still high at the Motera but chasing has become more difficult in recent matches. The boundaries aren’t as short as at Wankhede and it will take some good hitting to clear the ropes.
A 190+ score should be a match-winning total on this venue in a knockout game.

 

key players GUJ : Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami

key players MUM : Ishan Kishan , Cameron Green, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal

Prediction: Gujarat Titans to win the match AND reach the final.

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