We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
The chasing team has won the last 3 games at the Brabourne Stadium. Surprisingly, two of the three games have been low-scoring. While Bangalore got bundled out for 68, Punjab managed only 115.
From a paradise for batters, it has transformed into a happy hunting ground for the bowlers. While 17 wickets belonged to the pacers, the spinners bagged 16.
Probable XI for Gujarat: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller*, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan*, Alzarri Joseph*, Pradeep Sangwan, Lockie Ferguson*, Mohammed Shami
Probable XI for Mumbai: Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Tim David*, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard*, Hrithik Shokeen, Daniel Sams*, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith*
Suryakumar Yadav has appeared in the Ultimate Team of My11Circle in 6 of 7 games. He has 3 scored fifties and has 3 scores above 30 runs. He averages a whopping 48.3.
After his hat-trick of fifties, Hardik Pandya’s scores read 10, 3, and 1. Two of these dismissals include catches in the deep: one at long-on and one at third man. Before this, he had scored 295 runs in a mere six games. Given his experience and calibre, he won’t take time to correct his shot selection.
Tilak Varma’s lowest score is 0, but it was a result of terrible running between the wickets. He took off for a quick run only to run himself out. This, however, was his only failure. With 307 runs at an average of 44 and a strike rate of 137, he is the highest run-scorer for Mumbai. He has six scores above 30 runs, for which fantasy players get 2 bonus points.
Mohammad Shami has gone wicketless only once in 10 games, overall picking 15 scalps. At the batter-friendly Brabourne Stadium, however, Mohammad Shami has managed 2 for 75.
Rashid Khan’s case has been exactly the opposite. 4 of his 9 wickets have come at the venue, including the best figures of 3 for 22.
Daniel Sams has taken 7 wickets in the last 4 games but at the expense of 152 runs. Although he has given negative points for his costly strike rate, he has made amends by taking 4 catches in the deep. Not to forget that he can use the long handle to a blasting effect: he has a strike rate of 150 in the format.
Ishan Kishan has been blowing hot and cold, but he will be relieved to have come back to Brabourne. 41% of his runs have come at the venue, including the highest score of 81*.
Wriddhiman Saha has taken 5 catches in as many games. With the bat, he has scores of 11, 25, 68, 29, and 21.
The last time Rahul Tewatia batted here he scored an unbeaten 43*, lifting Gujarat from 95 for 4 to a successful chase of 174. Note that Tewatia has only been effective in the second innings. His scores in the first essay read 11, 17, and 6.
Jasprit Bumrah has gone wicketless in 6 of 9 games this season. The only relief for the team is the fact that he has maintained an economy of 7 RPO. That, however, is not beneficial for fantasy players.
Rohit Sharma is yet to score a fifty this season. He averages a mere 17. That said, one expects a backlash from him, especially given Mumbai’s elimination from the playoffs.
The table-toppers take on Mumbai, the team struggling at the bottom with only one win in 9 games. From team combinations to player forms to statistics, everything suggests that Gujarat have the upper hand. Mumbai anyway do not have anything to lose. They might as well go all guns blazing and rattle the No. 1 team.
Time: May 6, 7:30 PM