We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Gujarat vs Rajasthan Match at Eden Gardens
Recent history suggests that we could be in for yet another batting-friendly track at the Eden Gardens. The average first and second innings scores for the last three T20Is at the venue read 175 and 169 respectively.
Thunderstorms are forecast for the match. We could even have a curtailed game if the rain doesn’t relent.
Probable Playing Teams for Gujarat & Rajasthan
Probable XI for Gujarat: Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade* (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller*, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan*, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson*, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
Probable XI for Rajasthan: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler*, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer*, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult*, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy*
Power Players for Gujarat vs Rajasthan Match
After a few silent games, Hardik Pandya responded with an unbeaten 62 in the last match against Bangalore. He had also walked away with the Player of the Match award for scoring 87* and picking a wicket against Rajasthan earlier in the competition.
Jos Buttler might have been dismissed for single-digit scores in his last three outings, but he still remains the highest run-getter (629 at 48.38). Moreover, he is a big match player and will be keen on finishing with a flourish.
Although Gujarat batters like to express themselves, negotiating the astute leg-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal could prove to be a challenge. With 26 scalps in 14 games, he is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.
Smart Picks for Gujarat vs Rajasthan Match
Yash Dayal and Lockie Ferguson will be high on confidence ahead of the qualifier. When they bowled against Rajasthan earlier in the edition, they bagged three wickets each.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s recent heroics with the bat is making him a popular pick in fantasy cricket. On a few occasions, he has also been promoted up the order in this edition.
David Miller’s clean and calculated hitting down the order has been a huge plus for Gujarat. He has been striking at 136.07 and has remained unbeaten on 7 occasions out of 14. Additionally, when the two teams met earlier, he blasted a quickfire 31 off 14 balls.
The finishing role for Rajasthan will lie on the shoulders of Shimron Hetmyer. He has added 297 runs at 59.40, including the highest score of 59* down the order.
Barring two innings, Wriddhiman Saha has got starts every other time. With three half-centuries with the bat and 11 dismissals with the gloves, he has become a hot fantasy pick.
Talk about strike bowlers in the Gujarat line-up and the likes of Mohammad Shami and Rashid Khan stand out. Between the two, they have taken 36 wickets.
Although there is little to separate the two teams, Gujarat might fancy their chances of qualifying for the Indian t20 League finals after having defeated Rajasthan earlier in the tournament. That said, a high-stake game often adds additional pressure and the team that holds their nerves better is likely to come out trumps.
Time: 24 May, 7.30 PM IST