Gujarat Titans vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Today is the 13th match of IPL 16 series, today match will be played between Gujarat Titans vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
Gujarat Titans vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 13th Match
It remains to be seen if new signings Shanaka and Roy will feature immediately for their franchises.
Sunday begins with consistency meeting chaos in the afternoon game. Both teams have started IPL 2023 in the manner they ended IPL 2022- Gujarat Titans winning two on the trot and Kolkata Knight Riders struggling one evening and buoyant the next.
The Titans have been a gun chasing side over the last two seasons and if they win the toss at home, they’re likely to chase again. In both their wins, their batters and pacers were in great touch. Mohammad Shami, Alzarri Joseph and Josh Little provide pace, skid, bounce and swing between them, Rashid Khan is back to taking wickets regularly, Hardik Pandya has made confident moves as captain, Sai Sudharsan and Shubman Gill are in terrific nick, and David Miller has brought his excellent form from South Africa to India.
They start as clear favourites with home advantage on offer too. The Knight Riders will have to show that their 81- run victory on Thursday night was no fluke. Their three spinners have impressed but their Indian-heavy top order has crumbled in both games. A 103- run partnership between Shardul Thakur and Rinku Singh bailed them out in their last match, but the lower order can not always come to the team’s rescue, particularly against the Titans’ robust attack.
Titans signed Sri Lanka white-ball captain Dasun Shanaka as Kane Williamson’s replacement earlier in the week. He is supposed to arrive in India over the weekend, but there’s no word yet on his availability.
Jason Roy is expected to join the Knight Riders before the match and could potentially boost their top order with a direct entry in the XI. Litton Das will not join until their next match, though. Lockie Ferguson has moved from practicing bowling with a short run-up to now doing so with a longer run. His match fitness is unknown.
Toss and Impact Player Strategy
If the Titans bat first, then the left-arm seamer Little could be the Impact Player at the innings break, with him replacing a batter like Sudharsan or Vijay Shankar. If the Titans bowl first, the opposite is likely to happen.
If the Knight Riders bat first and suffer a collapse that needs them to lengthen their batting, they could risk bringing in Anukul Roy as a lower-order hitter who can also bowl some left-arm spin. Otherwise, they will prefer to replace a pure batter like Mandeep Singh at the halfway stage for Suyash Sharma. Mandeep’s own place in the XI is at risk with two poor returns and N Jagadeesan on the bench. If Knight Riders bowl first, Suyash is expected to exit for a batter at the end of his spell.