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Indian T20 League 2023: GUJ vs DEL, Match 44 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Team Gujarat vs Team Delhi, (GUJ vs DEL, Match 44)

Date: May 2, 2023 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad 

Team Delhi will take on Team Gujarat in match no. 44 of the Indian T20 League 2023. This return fixture is set to take place in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, May 2. Earlier this season, Gujarat had come out on top by six wickets. 

The defending champions Gujarat sit at the top of the table. They have 12 points to their credit with six victories from eight games. Their net run-rate of 0.638 is pretty good as well. They’re coming off a seven-wicket win over Kolkata at Eden Gardens. 

Mohammed Shami picked three wickets whereas Noor Ahmad and Joshua Little bagged two wickets each as they restricted Kolkata to 179 on a good batting pitch. Shubman Gill scored 49 off 35 at the top while Vijay Shankar struck a superb 51 not-out in 24 balls. David Miller also blasted 18-ball 32* to finish the game off with 13 balls to spare.

Team Delhi have had an awful season so far, winning only two out of eight matches. They are at the bottom of the table with four points and need to win all the remaining games to have a chance of reaching the playoffs.

Delhi lost to Hyderabad by nine runs in their most recent fixture. Mitchell Marsh picked 4 for 27 but Delhi still conceded 197. Marsh starred with the bat as well, smashing 63 off 39 while Phil Salt also struck 59 off 35. The duo had put the team in a great position but they lost wickets. Axar Patel was sent in to bat too late and his 29 off 14 wasn’t enough.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for GUJ vs DEL, Match 44

The pitches at this venue have provided enough assistance for fast bowlers but there have been plenty of runs on offer. The ground has hosted four matches in the ongoing tournament, with the average first innings score reading 191. Expect another high-scoring match on Tuesday.

The weather in Ahmedabad should be mainly clear on Tuesday evening. There’s less than a 10% chance of precipitation with the temperature around 28 degrees.

Team Gujarat – Expected XI and Team News 

Team Gujarat have experimented with their middle order of David Miller, Vijay Shankar and Abhinav Manohar. All three are in terrific form. The pace attack comprises Mohammed Shami, Joshua Little and Mohit Sharma. The spin twins Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad have been superb.

Probable XI – Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad 

Team Delhi – Expected XI and Team News 

Team Delhi have opened the innings with David Warner and Phil Salt in the last couple of games with Mitchell Marsh at number three. Priyam Garg was brought into the side last game. Axar Patel could be promoted up the order after repeatedly messing up his entry point. 

Probable XI – David Warner (c), Phil Salt (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Axar Patel, Aman Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Mukesh Kumar, Ishant Sharma

Head to Head record of GUJ vs DEL 

Total Encounters – 2

Team Gujarat won – 2

Team Delhi won – 0

Best Captaincy Picks for the GUJ vs DEL match

David Warner: Batter, Team Delhi 

One of the greatest players in the Indian T20 League, David Warner hasn’t performed to his standards this season. But he has still managed to score 306 runs in eight innings at an average of 38. He has registered four half centuries in the competition. Warner remains a good C/VC option for this game. 

Shubman Gill: Batter, Team Gujarat  

Shubman Gill has been extremely good for Gujarat at the top of the order. He has scored 333 runs from eight innings at an average of 42 while striking at 142. Gill has smashed three fifties in the tournament and is coming off a superb 49 in 35 balls. Shubman is a top pick for captaincy in this fixture. 

Mitch Marsh: All-rounder, Team Delhi  

Mitch Marsh didn’t have a good start in this tournament but has found form in the last two games. He scored 25 off 15 in the first game against Hyderabad and followed it up with a magnificent 63 off 39 in the return fixture. He also picked 4 for 27 in his four overs. His all-round value makes him a good C/VC option. 

Top Differential Picks 

Hardik Pandya: Batter, Team Gujarat 

The Gujarat captain has scored 154 runs in the season with only one fifty and has picked two wickets. As a result, Hardik is captained by only around 20% of the MPL teams. He has the ability to put up a strong performance and can be a great differential C/VC option.  

Noor Ahmad: Bowler, Team Gujarat  

The left arm wrist spinner from Afghanistan has done an excellent job in the ongoing tournament. Noor Ahmad has picked eight wickets from just four games at an economy of 7.32. He is picked by 38% of the fantasy teams and can be a good differential pick. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Star Sports Network has acquired the television rights of the Indian T20 League 2023 while Viacom 18 have bagged the digital rights. You can watch the matches on Star Sports channels or stream online on Jio Cinema. 

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. 

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