Can CSK bank on their middle-order?
- Shivam Dube in focus after RCB heist
- Hardik Pandya has stepped up as leader for GT
Gujarat Titans have odds of 1.88 to beat CSK when the teams face off in Pune in the second game on Sunday. Having won four of their five matches so far, Gujarat Titans are at the top of the points table and have been ruthless with their bowling and impressive with their utilisation of batting resources.
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Chennai Super Kings are one above the bottom placed Mumbai Indians with one win in five games, the exact opposite of Gujarat. They sneaked in a win against RCB in their previous game and will hope to emulate that model against Gujarat. They have odds of 1.90 to win this match.
Battle against Rashid Khan and Lockie Ferguson
Gujarat Titans have Rashid Khan and Lockie Ferguson to control the middle overs and the two bowlers would present the biggest problems to CSK’s middle-order, which does not like mystery spin and high pace. Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa have been impressive for them, but Rashid’s and Ferguson’s presence makes it tough for the pair.
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The other contest this game will be between Maheesh Theekshana and Gujarat’s top order. The CSK spinner was impressive in the last game and if they are to stop Gujarat, they will need to restrict the batters big time.
Keep an eye on…
Hardik Pandya: The Gujarat Titans skipper is in tremendous form and even won the Orange Cap for a brief while last match. He has excelled in the field and with the ball and is Gujarat’s balancing act in a tricky line-up.
Moeen Ali: With Ruturaj Gaikwad out of form and Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube likely to be troubled by GT bowlers, the onus is on Moeen Ali to carry the CSK batting. He is yet to fire big this season and Ravindra Jadeja will hope that Moeen can provide the impetus against Rashid Khan.
TIP: Shubman Gill has a weak bowling attack to feast on and has odds of 3.80 to be GT’s top batter.