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GG vs BLK, Legends League Cricket – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Gujarat Giants vs Bhilwara Kings, Legends League Cricket (GG vs BLK)

Date: September 27, Tuesday, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack

Bhilwara Kings will go head to head with the Gujarat Giants in the 9th match of the Legends League Cricket 2022 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on September 27. Kings are currently placed at the fourth position in the points table with one win in their kitty. Giants, on the other hand, are placed at the second position in the points table with two wins.

The Kings come into this game on the back of a narrow loss at the hands of Manipal Tigers. Batting first, the Tigers posted 175 for 8 in 20 overs. Jesse Ryder and Tatenda Taibu shared 109 runs for the first wicket, after which Mohammad Kaif and Corey Anderson chipped in with 28 and 24 runs respectively.  Bhilwara Kings started the chase on a very poor note, losing three wickets for 55 runs. Despite the effort from Yusuf Pathan (23) and Irfan Pathan (42), the Kings eventually lost the game by three runs.

Gujarat Giants, meanwhile, lost their previous match against India Capitals by six wickets. They posted 152 for 7 in 20 overs on the back of Tillakaratne Dilshan’s unbeaten 75. But they were unable to defend the target as Solomon Mire scored 41 off 23 balls and Hamilton Masakadza scored 50 off 34 balls to help India Capitals chase down the total in the 19th over.

Ahead of the ninth game of the 2022 edition of the Legends League Cricket, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for GG vs BLK, Legends League Cricket

The pitch at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack is balanced for both batsmen and bowlers. The spinners have historically fared better on this surface as compared to the fast bowlers. 3 T20 international games have been played at the Barabati Stadium in the past, two of which were won by the teams that opted to bowl first. The average first innings total of 140, while the highest and lowest total recorded at this venue in T20Is is 180 for 3 and 87 for 10.

The weather in Cuttack during the evening will be mostly pleasant with no chance of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 27 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Gujarat Giants team news and predicted XI

Team news: Giants are placed at the second position in the points table with two wins in four completed games. One of their matches was washed out. They have five points and a net run rate of +0.407.

Squad: Virender Sehwag (C), Chris Gayle, Parthiv Patel, Ajantha Mendis, Manvinder Bisla, Lendl Simmons, Richard Levi, Mitchell McClenaghan, Stuart Binny, Kevin O’Brien, Ashok Dinda, Joginder Sharma, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett and Elton Chigumbura.

Predicted XI:  Virender Sehwag (c), Chris Gayle, Richard Levi, Kevin O Brien, Parthiv Patel (wk), Elton Chigumbura, Daniel Vettori, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ajantha Mendis, Ashok Dinda, Graeme Swann.

Bhilwara Kings team news and predicted XI

Team news: Among the four teams, the performance of the Kings has been the worst. Of their four completed games, they have just one win, while one match was washed out.

Squad: Irfan Pathan (C), Yusuf Pathan, Shane Watson, Monty Panesar, William Porterfield, S. Sreesanth, Samit Patel, Fidel Edwards, Matt Prior (Wk), Naman Ojha (Wk), Nick Compton, Tim Bresnan, Owais Shah, Tino Best, Sudeep Tyagi.

Predicted XI: Naman Ojha (wk), Nick Compton, Matt Prior, Tanmay Srivastava, Yusuf Pathan, Rajesh Bishnoi, Irfan Pathan (c), Dinesh Salunkhe, Tino Best, Fidel Edwards, Monty Panesar

Head to head record

This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for GG vs BLK, Legends League Cricket

Kevin O’Brien – batsman, Gujarat Giants

The former Ireland international is currently the highest run scorer in this season of the Legends League Cricket. He hit a century – 106 off 61 – in Gujarat Giants’ first game of the tournament, and will be eyeing another significant contribution in the next game. O’Brien played 110 T20 internationals, from which he scored 1973 runs at an average of 21.21 and strike rate of almost 131. In other T20s, he has a strike rate of almost 135.

Tillakaratne Dilshan – batsman, Gujarat Giants

The former Sri Lankan international is coming into this game on the back of an unbeaten 75 against India Capitals, which was laced with nine boundaries and a maximum. Very recently at the Road Safety Series, he slammed a fine century. Dilshan has been in good form of late and can help you score points in your fantasy team.

Yusuf Pathan – all-rounder, Bhilwara Kings

Yusuf Pathan was unable to convert his starts in the first two games, but in the third game against the Manipal Tigers, he scored 42 off 21 at a strike rate of 200. With the ball, he has picked up five wickets in the tournament so far. The former India international has a strike rate of almost 147 in his T20 international career of 22 matches. He has also produced match-winning knocks in the IPL.

Fidel Edwards – bowler, Bhilwara Kings

In the game between Bhilwara Kings and Manipal Tigers, Fidel Edwards picked up four wickets and will look to do something similar in the upcoming. The pacer picked up 20 wickets in his T20I career of 26 matches. He also took 60 wickets in 50 ODI games.

Irfan Pathan – all-rounder, Bhilwara Kings

The bowling all-rounder has not played up to expectations this season so far, neither with the ball nor with the bat, but he still remains a good pick for your fantasy team. One of India’s best swing bowlers, Pathan picked up 28 wickets in 24 T20Is.

MPL fantasy XI – GG vs BLK, Legends League Cricket

GG vs BLK – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Legends League Cricket 2022 will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on September 27, Tuesday.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams accordingly.

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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