Big Picture: Defending Champions vs. Series Winners
Gujarati Titans: LWWLW (last five completed games, most recent first)
Bombay Indians: WWLWW
Team News: Concern for Titans closers?
Titans played Darshan Nalkande against Super Kings for Yash Dayal, but Nalkande was limping after his bowling spell. If Nalkande is out of shape, Dayal could return. The Titans could also bring in Josh Little as a replacement, but that would cause Shanaka to retire. Little is a top contender because of his experience and better bowling numbers compared to the capless Indians, more so in a knockout game.
With Tilak Varma returning to their side against Lucknow Super Giants, Mumbai has no injury worries.
Impact Player Strategy: What will Mumbai do?
Mumbai could use an extra batsman, as in the Eliminator with Nehal Wadhera, and sacrifice an extra bowling option to give their first innings total a boost if they bat first. Otherwise the default route is Suryakumar Yadav which is used as a substitute for Impact for an Indian bowler.
Bombay Indians (probable XII): 1 Ishan Kishan (week), 2 Rohit Sharma (capt), 3 Cameron Green, 4 Suryakumar Yadav5 Tilak Varma, 6 Tim David, 7 Hrithik Shokeen/Nehal Wadhera8 Chris Jordan, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Jason Behrendorff, 11 Akash Madhwal, 12 Kumar Kartikeya
The Titans are likely to go with Vijay as an impact player in a chase or bring in a fast shooter if they are defending.
Gujarati Titans (probable XII): 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (week), 3 Hardik Pandya (capt), 4 Vijay Shankar5 David Miller, 6 Sai Sudharsan/Abhinav Manohar, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Noor Ahmad, 10 Josh Little/Yash Dayal11 Mohit Sharma, 12 Mohammed Shami.
Stats That Matter: Beware Rohit vs Rashid
It has touched 43 degrees in Ahmedabad. The healers have covered the pitch to make sure it doesn’t break abnormally. The pitch for the game is among the least used strips (the center has nine surfaces) and is being introduced to ostensibly provide a festival of racing.
It has been watered properly to ensure some amount of moisture helps bind it underneath. The commissioner expects good rhythm and rebound like all season. Dew is not expected to be a major factor, helped by the chemical they use to prevent its formation.