The defending champions of the Indian Playerzpot League, the Gujarat team will be locking horns against the Lucknow team in match no 51 of the T20 tournament. Replicating the form of the last season, H. Pandya and co have once again hit the ground running this season. With consistent winning performances and a fearless brand of cricket, they are the front-runner once again to lift the trophy.
Lucknow themselves are no pushover team as they have been playing well as well. In what is a stiff competition this time around, they still are sitting 2nd in the table standings thus giving a good account of themselves. Gaining just 1 point out of 4 available in the last two games, Lucknow will look for a positive result. While, the table topper, Gujarat will look to continue their rich form with another impressive win.
Players to watch out for
R. Khan (Gujarat)
Gujarat is one of the teams that has a fine balance between good hitters and world-class bowlers. R. Khan is indeed a champion bowler for the team and this year is no different. With 18 wickets to his name so far in the tournament, he is the joint leading wicket-taker alongside his teammate M. Shami. He was at his very best in the win against Rajasthan where he took out their entirety of middle-order batters. Lucknow will need to be cautious of his spin spells for he could inflict a lot of damage.
H. Pandya (Gujarat)
The captain has been leading the team really well this season and therefore his individual brilliance is not yet needed. This year has been different for H. Pandya with more players taking the opportunity it has reduced some of the pressure on his shoulders but he himself will be eager to bring back his lost fire, speaking of which he looked like his former self in the win against Rajasthan. A blistering knock of 39 of 15 balls was proof that he has not lost his touch and can be back whenever his team demands it of him.
M. Shami (Gujarat)
This season is perhaps for those who have not been showered with enough praise and recognition for their contribution and Shami falls in that category. The current purple cap holder has a good 18 wickets to his name and has been leading the bowling charge for his team Gujarat. The consistency and attitude of the experienced pacer are never in question and that is why the captain and the team management have their full trust in the player. Lucknow’s opening batters will have to be wary of him for he can disjoint their entire batting lineup.
K. Mayers (Lucknow)
Lucknow has somewhat lost its way in keeping hold of a good result and bottling it. The only consistent bright spark that has produced goods for them on multiple occasions is K. Mayers. His 54 against Punjab was impressive thus showing how lethal he can be if allowed to play in his natural style. 311 runs is not a shabby achievement considering there is still lot of cricket to be played in the tournament. Lucknow will need Mayers to punch well above his weight in an important clash against Gujarat.
Predicted Playing X1:
Gujarat – W. Saha [WK], S. Gill, H. Pandya [C], V. Shankar, A. Manohar, D. Miller, R. Tewatia, R. Khan, N. Ahmad, M. Shami, J. Little
Lucknow – K. Mayers, KL. Rahul [C], K. Pandya, D. Hooda, M. Stonis, N. Pooran [WK], K. Gowtham, R. Bishnoi, A. Mishra, N. Ul-Haq, Y. Thakur
Fantasy Playing X1 Top Picks:
Wicketkeeper – W. Saha
Batters – S. Gill, K. Mayers, V, Shankar, N. Pooran
All-rounders – H. Pandya [C], K. Pandya [VC]
Bowlers – R. Khan, M. Shami, A. Mishra, R. Bishnoi
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