Debutants Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants will square off in the fourth match of the Indian Premier League. Titans Vs Giants match will be held at the Wankhede Stadium. Hardik Pandya will captain the Gujarat Titans, while KL Rahul will captain the Lucknow Royals.
Both franchises choose their three draught picks prior to the IPL mega auction. Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill were selected for the Gujarat franchise. Meanwhile, Lucknow chose KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and youngster Ravi Bishnoi. Following their three selections, both franchises completed their respective squads in the 2022 IPL mega auction. Both teams will be hoping to begin their IPL 2022 campaign on a high note, with a victory.
Lucknow Super Giants Squad At A Glance
The Super Giants’ international contingent will be missing several key players. Jason Holder, Marcus Stoinis, and Kyle Mayers are currently on national team commitments. Quinton de Kock’s availability is doubtful following South Africa’s white-ball series against Bangladesh.
LSG will look to Dushmantha Chameera to fill the void left by Mark Wood. They are, however, a little thin on speed, with Avesh Khan having only Ankit Rajpoot to provide him company. LSG’s middle order features a couple capable all-rounders. However, without Holder and Stoinis, they lack the stability that would allow the openers to go all out on the powerplay.
The Super Giants’ stronger batting lineup may be better equipped to deal with the unpredictable circumstances of Wankhede Stadium. Although it must be stated that the toss will have a significant impact on the outcome of the game. With dew on the ground on the first day, the IPL side batting second will have a significant edge. LSG, on the other hand, has the advantage on paper.
How The Gujarat Titans Squad Fares Prior To The Match
Meanwhile, the Titans will rely on their well-rounded bowling assault to counteract any batting errors. Jason Roy had to withdraw due to bio-bubble exhaustion. As a result, captain Hardik Pandya will have to shoulder the most of the batting duty.
Shubman Gill, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Manohar, and Matthew Wade are the Titans’ possible top five. David Miller is another option, with Hardik and Rahul Tewatia’s lower-middle order expected to face a lot of balls.
GT has a solid, well-rounded spin attack in Tewatia, Rashid Khan, and Sai Kishore. Hardik’s deployment of his vice-four captain’s overs could have a significant impact on the team’s season. The addition of Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson to the assault adds pace and bite.
Despite their flaws and status as IPL newcomers, LSG and GT are high-profile franchises that might light up the stage on Monday. The pitch at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium is not ideal for batting. The batsmen must take their time and will be able to go after the bowling once they are ready. Bowling first is a better alternative.