GT vs RR: And then there were two. GT and RR are the only teams left in the contest, and both are proving that they have been the best in the tournament. For GT, this will be their first IPL Final, while RR are playing in only their second Final after making it back in 2008. Another interesting stat is that GT is only the third debutant team to make the Finals after CSK and RR made it back in 2008.
Both teams have had similar templates coming to this point. They stocked up their bowling attack, with Rajasthan using the auction to acquire bowling stars from other teams, while GT found a lot of variety in their bowling attack. Both teams have also relied on a certain set of superstars with the bat, while Jos Buttler has been the light of the Rajasthan batting line-up.
Match: GT vs RR
Date: 29th May 2022
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
The Ahmedabad weather is clear with no chance of rain ahead of the GT vs RR Finals.
The surface has more bounce than the ones used in Mumbai and Kolkata. There is some hardness, and batting should be easy, however with the pressure of a final around and too sides strong with their bowling, batting second will be a better option.
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (capt), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Sai Kishore, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (capt & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy
GT may bring back Lockie Ferguson for his extra pace, in place of Alzarri Joseph. RR are likely to remain unchanged.
Jos Buttler has four centuries this season and is in the form of his life. He has dictated the tournament with his batting, and irrespective of the results, Buttler is likely to go home on Sunday with a lot of awards to his name. His form though will be crucial against a strong bowling attack as Buttler can make a strong early statement in the Finals.
Rashid Khan has never won an IPL trophy but is one of the most prolific bowlers in the tournament. He has had a lot of success in the franchise circuit and will be eager to add another title to his table. With Jos Buttler raging in the opposition, a lot of responsibility will fall on one of the best T20 bowlers as he looks to restrict one of the best T20 batters in the World, currently.
Both teams came this far with their bowling might and some heroic moments with the bat. They have strong units, but given the depth in GT’s line-up, they may have a better chance to win unless Jos Buttler manages to get the better of Rashid and co.
Match Prediction: GT will win the match.