GT vs RR: After seventy games the top four has been decided and the top two get ready to face off for a spot in the finals. Both teams have looked very strong throughout the tournament, and have come in with similar skillsets. They are sides with strong bowling attacks, while the batting line-up is enough to allow the bowlers to do their jobs.
The Gujarat Titans have made it to the playoffs in their first season, while Rajasthan are in the playoffs for the first time since 2018. A win for the Rajasthan Royals will take them to their first IPL Final since 2008, where the late Shane Warne led them their inaugural trophy. They came in as underdogs then, are contenders now, and are waiting to impress.
Match: GT vs RR
Date: 24th May 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The forecast has rain predicted through the day tomorrow, which could indicate in chances of a disrupted GT vs RR game. Irrespective of the rain though, dampness in the outfield could be expected throughout the match.
The Eden Gardens will be hosting its first game of the season and with rain around, the outfield could be a touch wet. With a fresh pitch and wet outfield, and the possibility of dew, runs are expected, unless the early dampness assists swing in the first few overs. Overall, 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, Kuldeep Sen
Both sides are likely to remain unchanged from their previous fixtures.
Jos Buttler has been a key factor behind RR’s run to the top two. He was their best batter in the first half, but has fallen away slightly and will need to be back at his best if Rajasthan are to get past the Gujarat Titans. He is due a big score, and with an inconsistent batting line-up, runs from Buttler are as important as ever.
Sai Kishore has already been noticed for his exploits in the domestic circuit. This season, after getting a fair run with the Gujarat Titans, Sai Kishore is doing a great job in maintaining a strong economy and applying pressure on some of the best batters in the league. He is tying down one end on his own, allowing the other bowlers to reap the rewards, and is doing well in a supporting role.
GT has been dominant all season and they come into this game with a clear chance of winning despite the recent form of Rajasthan and their performances throughout the tournament.
Match Prediction: GT will win the match.