The first match for Delhi Capitals and Gujarat Titans yielded different results. The former suffered a demoralizing defeat, and the latter had a near-flawless victory. Tuesday's game is between two teams of varying fortune.
Delhi is in a muddle, and they will look for a revival in home comfort. On the other hand, Gujarat will look to continue their dream run. The two teams have met only once in IPL, and Gujarat were victorious by 14 runs.
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, is a small ground. This is why teams prefer to chase, and numbers do suggest that. In 11 matches since 2019, teams chasing have won eight times. Out of those eight, four have been 170+ targets. On average, teams have scored 170 runs in the first innings compared to 192 in the second.
The pacers have the edge over spinners in wickets percentage. They have picked up 57.4 percent of the wickets compared to 42.6 by spinners. But, in terms of economy and strike rate, the spinners have had the upper hand. Spinners have a bowling strike of 21 and an economy of 7.6. In comparison, pacers have bagged a wicket every 23.6 balls and conceded 8.8 runs per over.
In particular, leg spinners are the happiest. In IPL since 2019, leggies have picked up a wicket every 15.9 balls. Among the current venues (excluding Lucknow, Guwahati, and Dharamsala), only left-arm pacers (14.1) in Hyderabad have a better strike rate than leg spinners in Delhi. They have also bagged 30 percent of the wickets, which is the most for leg spinners at a venue.
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For small league: Hardik Pandya (capt), David Warner (vice-capt)
For grand league: Mohammed Shami (capt), David Miller (vice-capt)
Stats that matter
- Only once in 10 games has Gujarat lost while chasing. Among teams who have chased in 10 or more matches in the IPL, their win percentage of 90 percent is the highest. They have won four games out of seven while batting first.
- In the IPL from 2020 to 2021, Axar Patel picked up 24 wickets at an economy of 6.5 and a strike rate of 24.3. While batting, he scored 157 runs at an average of 12.1 and a strike rate of 119.8. However, since 2022, he has taken only seven wickets at a strike rate of 40.3 but has scored runs at an average of 39.6 and a strike rate of 151.2.
- In the IPL since 2021, Khaleel Ahmed, in his first three overs, has picked up 22 wickets at an economy of 7.5 and a strike rate of 20.5. However, in his fourth over, he conceded runs at 11.6.
Grand league punts
- In the IPL since 2022, Mohammed Shami has bagged 54.5 percent of his wickets in the first six overs. He has conceded 6.6 runs per over in this phase and has a wicket every 21.5 balls. His 12 wickets are the joint-most for a bowler in the time above.
- David Miller has been in exceptional form in T20s since 2022. He has scored 1693 runs at an average of 42.3 and a strike rate of 144.9. Among batters who have scored 1000+ runs in the time mentioned above, only six players have an average of 40+ and strike at 140+.
Top Criclytics projection
Delhi Capitals: David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfaraz Khan (wk), Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav/Ripal Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Khaleel Ahmed, Chetan Sakariya.
Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade/Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal.