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GUJ vs RAJ, Indian T20 League 2022 Qualifier 1, MPL Prediction and Top Picks

Match: Gujarat vs Rajasthan, (GUJ vs RAJ, Qualifier 1)

Date: May 24, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Gujarat and Rajasthan will face off each other in Qualifier 1 of the Indian T20 League 2022 which will be played at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.

Gujarat, led by Hardik Pandya, topped the points table after the league stage. They won 10 of their 14 games to collect 20 points, the most by any team this season. Rajasthan won nine of their 14 games to finish second with 18 points. This is the first time since 2011 when the Jaipur based franchise has finished in the top two.

Gujarat won the only game between the two sides in the league phase. Captain Hardik Pandya top scored with an 87 before Yash Dayal and Lockie Ferguson helped defend the target of 192.

After 70 league games that were played across Mumbai and Pune, the action has now shifted to Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. The team that wins Qualifier 1 will play the final, while the losing team will play Qualifier 2 against the winner of the Eliminator. The final in Ahmedabad will be played between the winner of Qualifier 1 and winner of Qualifier 2.

Ahead of Indian T20 league 2022 qualifier 1, let’s look at the head to head total of both teams, the pitch report, weather update, MPL top picks and more.

GUJ vs RAJ, Qualifier 1, Weather Update & Pitch Report

The Eden Gardens in Kolkata has a batting friendly surface. There will be assistance for the pace bowlers early on while the spinners will come into play as the match progresses. All the three T20I games that were played at this venue against Sri Lanka in November were high scoring. Anything above 180 is a good total here.

In the last five Indian T20 League games played at this venue, the average first innings score is 191 runs. The teams batting second have won 47 of the 78 games played here.

The weather in Kolkata, however, could spoil the party. There is a chance of rain during the game and thus both the captains will be looking to bowl first keeping the DRS in mind.

GUJ vs RAJ Injury News and Predicted XI

Gujarat Team news – Wriddhiman Saha was injured in Gujarat’s final league game and didn’t return to keep wickets. But he has confirmed his availability for the playoffs.

Predicted XI – Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, R Sai Kishore, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal

Rajasthan Team news – Rajasthan are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI but will be hoping that Jos Buttler, who was their best performer in the first half of the season, returns to form.

Predicted XI – Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c, wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldip Sen

GUJ vs RAJ Head to head record

The two teams have played just one game in the past which Gujarat won comprehensively

Total games – 1

Gujarat – 1

Rajasthan – 0

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GUJ vs RAJ: Top Picks for Indian T20 League 2022, Qualifier 1 (Five players to watch out for)

Top Fantasy Picks for GUJ vs RAJ

Hardik Pandya – All-rounder, Gujarat

Hardik Pandya was his side’s best performer in the initial few games before going through a lean patch in the recent games. But he returned to form at the right time, hitting an unbeaten 47-ball 62 against Bangalore in the last game. He is the leading run-scorer for Gujarat this season with 413 runs in 13 games at an average of 41.30. Against Rajasthan, he has 273 runs at an average of 91 and a strike rate of 185.71.

Wriddhiman Saha – wicketkeeper batsman, Gujarat

Although Wriddhiman Saha injured himself in Gujarat’s last league game, he has confirmed his availability for Qualifier 1. He is important to your MPL XI not just because he has done well this season, but because he has a wealth of experience playing at the Eden Gardens, his home ground.

Rashid Khan – Bowler, Gujarat

Rashid Khan has consistently picked up wickets in the last few games. The spinner has nine wickets in his last four outings and will be looking to carry the good form into the playoffs. He can also be a match-winner with the bat and has previously played quite a few impressive cameos down the order.

Sanju Samson – Wicketkeeper batsman, Rajasthan

Sanju Samson has scored 374 runs at an average of 29 and rate of 147 this series so far and will be looking for one big score on a day it will matter the most. Samson can help you score points in your fantasy playing 11 with his keeping too – he has the most dismissals this season so far (14).

Jos Buttler – wicketkeeper batsman, Rajasthan

It is risky to pick Jos Buttler in your MPL team given his recent performances. But despite the recent failures, he is still the highest run-scorer this season with 629 runs in 14 innings. The big match player will hope to return to form and take his team to the final.

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.

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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