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

Match: Gujarat Giants vs Manipal Tigers, Legends League Cricket (GG vs MNT)

Date: September 19, Monday, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow 

Gujarat Titans will go head to head with the Manipal Tigers in the third match of the Legends League Cricket 2022 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on September 19, Monday. Gujarat will be heading into this fixture with confidence, having won their first game of the series by three wickets over India Capitals.

Batting first, the Capitals scored 179 runs in 20 overs, which Gujarat chased down in 18.4 overs. Kevin O’Brien was the best performer for the Giants – the former Ireland international scored 106 runs off just 61 balls. Parthiv Patel and Yashpal Singh were the other two batsmen who contributed to the run chase.

Manipal Tigers, on the other hand, narrowly lost their opening game of the competition to Bhilwara Kings on Sunday. After posting 153 for 7 in 20 overs, the Tigers were unable to defend the target against the Kings, who got over the line with three wickets and two balls remaining. Mohammed Kaif was the best performer with the bat – he scored 73 off 59, while Ryan Sidebottom was the best performer with the ball – he picked three wickets in four overs.

Gujarat Titans are currently right at the top of the points table, while the Tigers are at the bottom. Ahead of the third game of the 2022 edition for 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 IC vs GG, Legends League Cricket

The Ekana Cricket Stadium surface is a good one to bat on. The spinners are also likely to get assistance from the pitch. Overall, 8 T20 matches have been played at this venue so far, of which three have been won by the teams bowling first. The average first innings score is 157, while the average second innings score is 129. The highest and lowest T20 total recorded at this venue is 199 for 2 and 158 for 6. The skipper winning the toss may want to bat first. 

The weather in Lucknow will be mostly pleasant with no chance of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 26 to 31 degrees Celsius.

Manipal Tigers team news and predicted XI

Team news: The batting performance by Manipal Tigers were disappointing in their tournament opener. Apart from Mohammed Kaif who scored 73 runs, none of the other batsmen could make any significant contribution to the eventual total of 153. Their bowlers, however, did a good job to take the game to the last over.

Squad: Harbhajan Singh (C), Brett Lee, Mohammed Kaif, Muttiah Muralitharan, Darren Sammy, Phil Mustard (Wk), Ryan Sidebottom, Corey Anderson, Lance Klusener, Imran Tahir, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Romesh Kaluwithrana (Wk), Reetinder Sodhi, Parvinder Awana, VRV Singh ..

Predicted XI: Phil Mustard (wk), Romesh Kaluwitharana, Corey Anderson, Mohammad Kaif, Darren Sammy, Dimitri Mascarenhus, Lance Klusener, Harbhajan Singh (c), Ryan Sidebottom, Imran Tahir, Parwinder Awana

Gujarat Giants team news and predicted XI

Team news: Gujarat Giants, led by Virender Sehwag, have made a great start to their 2022 campaign and will look to carry the winning momentum into the next game.

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.

Head to head record

This is the first time both the teams will take on each other in the tournament.

Five players to watch out for

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

Kevin O’Brien: batsman, Gujarat Giants

Kevin O’Brien was the match-winner for the Gujarat Giants in their series opener against India Capitals two days ago. Brien scored 106 runs off 61 deliveries at a strike rate 173.77, which helped the Giants chase down 180 in 18.4 overs. Earlier, he scored a half century in the charity match against India Maharajas. The former Ireland international played 110 T20 internationals, from which he has an average and strike rate of 21.21 and 130.92.

Virender Sehwag – batsman, Gujarat Giants

Former India opener Virender Sehwag scored in single digits in Giants’ first game of the tournament and will be looking to make amends for the same in the next game. In his T20I career of 19 matches, Sehwag had a strike rate of over 145. He also exhibited some good performances in the Road Safety Series last year, including an unbeaten 80 and unbeaten 74.

Parthiv Patel – wicketkeeper batsman, Gujarat Giants

Parthiv Patel scored 24 off 13 in the first game at a strike rate of over 180. Earlier in the charity game, he chipped in with 18 runs. The southpaw played only two T20 internationals, but featured in 38 ODIs, in which he averaged 23.74.

Mohammad Kaif – batsman, Manipal Tigers

Mohammad Kaif was the best performer for Manipal Tigers in their opening game of the tournament against the Bhilwara Kings. Kaif scored 73 off 59 which was laced with 10 boundaries. The right handed batsman played 125 ODIs for India, from which he scored 2753 runs at an average of 32.01.

Ryan Sidebottom – bowler, Manipal Tigers

With three wickets, Ryan Sidebottom was the best bowler for Manipal Tigers in their previous game. The left arm pacer will now look to deliver a similar performance in the next game. Sidebottom played 18 T20 internationals for England, in which he picked up 23 wickets. In 25 ODIs, the pacer took 29 wickets.

MPL fantasy XI – GG vs MT, Legends League Cricket

GG vs MT – 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 19.

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. 

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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