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Gujarat Titans (GT) will be supported by a raucous crowd as they take to the pitch for the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) Final against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad which will be completely full. of 1.32 lakh spectators on Sunday, May 29.

After topping the IPL 2022 points table and comfortably beating RR in Qualifying 1, GT will be looking to complete a fairy tale first season in the league by lifting the trophy in front of their home fans.
Rajasthan, meanwhile, are looking to pay tribute in the best possible way to their ‘First Royal’ Shane Warne, who died just weeks before the start of the tournament. Warne led RR to their only title in the inaugural 2008 IPL season and it will be the first time the Royals have taken to the field for the final since that momentous night.

Gujarat could consider themselves favorites for that tie after beating Rajasthan twice this season.

Hardik Pandya delivered a player of the match performance in the group stage encounter between the two teams as he scored an unbeaten 87 from 52 balls and recorded 1/18 numbers with the ball to seal a dominating victory of 37 points.

More recently, GT comfortably cruised through Rajasthan in Qualifying 1 to book their place in the Finals. Hardik (1/14) again contributed with the ball as his side limited RR to 188/6.

The GT captain went on to score an unbeaten 40 from 27 balls but his performance was overshadowed by David ‘Killer’ Miller who smashed 68 balls from 38 balls to chase the total with 7 wickets to spare.

However, Rajasthan bounced back with a strong performance in Qualifiers 2 and they have an ace up their sleeve in the form of a creeping Jos Buttler. Fly-half RR marked his fourth century of the season, tying the record for most tonnes in a season, to help his side chase Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 157/8 aggregate with ease.

Buttler managed to turn things around after a few quiet outings with two impressive displays in the playoffs and Gujarat’s fate may well be decided by how well they contain the explosive hitter who can take the game away at will.

GT vs RR Team News:

Gujarat Titans Team News: Wriddhiman Saha was out for a duck in the last game but the fly-half put in solid displays alongside Shubman Gill to provide stability at the top. Middle order and Gujarat bowling also clicked late and we can expect an unchanged squad for this game.

Rajasthan Royals Team News: Rajasthan stuck to their formula of fielding five batters and five bowlers in the last game and although it backfired in Qualifier 1, with Prasidh Krishna particularly on the run, their bowlers managed to bounce back so impressive during Qualifier 2. as they won’t want to tinker for this vital game.

Weather Forecast GT vs RR: Evening temperatures around Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad are expected to be around 30-35 degrees with clear skies. There was no dew in qualifying 2 and we can expect it to stay that way for the IPL final.

GT vs RR pitch ratio: The surface at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad provided an extra rebound in Qualifying 2 which made life difficult for hitters against good lines and Test match length. There wasn’t much spin on offer and a total around the 170-180 mark might prove hard to chase.

Where to watch live: The match begins at 8:00 PM IST on Sunday, May 29 with the draw scheduled for 7:30 PM IST. The match was delayed 30 minutes for the closing ceremony which will feature Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh and musician AR Rahman. The match will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can also tune in to the action via Disney+ Hotstar.

Fantasy GT vs RR league top picks:

Best batting picks: It’s hard to look past Jos Buttler after the RR flyhalf shattered his fourth century of the season to take his total to the top of the points standings to 824 points in 16 games. David Miller is another in-form hitter and has 449 runs for Gujarat this season.

Top All-Round Picks: Hardik Pandya has consistently delivered all-around performance and is GT’s leading scorer with 453 races. He also has 5 wickets this season, including two against Rajasthan. Ravichandran Ashwin has 12 wickets and 185 runs this season and will be an added value for any fantasy team.

Best Bowling Picks: Yuzvendra Chahal only needs one wicket to recover the “Purple Cap” from Wanindu Hasaranga. Spinner RR currently sits in second place with 26 wickets in 16 games. Mohammed Shami is GT’s top wicket taker this season with an impressive 19 scalps.

GT vs. RR Probable Playing XIs:

Gujarat Titans (Predicted XI): Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (C), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph and Mohammed Shami.

Rajasthan Royals (expected XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (C&WK), Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal and Obed McCoy.

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