Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Titans Preview and Prediction: Will Gujarat Titans Go Top?

Rashid Khan will have a key role to play for Gujarat Titans.
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New boys on the block Gujarat Titans have made some start to life in the IPL, winning three out of three so far. But Sunrisers Hyderabad have shown some signs of life after making a poor start and will be desperate to continue building momentum. Who will come out on top here? Read on for our full Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Titans preview and prediction:

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Titans Preview and Prediction

IPL So Far

Gujarat Titans kicked off their inaugural IPL campaign against fellow newcomers Lucknow Super Giants, recording a memorable win in the final over thanks in large part to some fine hitting from Rahul Tewatia. They backed that up in their second match, downing Delhi Capitals by 14 runs in Pune after a fluent 84 from Shubman Gill and some excellent bowling from Lockie Ferguson who took 4-28. They made it three from three by beating Punjab Kings in a final-ball thriller.

Sunrisers Hyderabad start to IPL 2022 could hardly have been more different as they were roundly thrashed by Rajasthan Royals in their first match before slipping to defeat against Lucknow Super Giants, failing to chase down what looked like a gettable target of 170. But they managed to make a sharp improvement against fellow early season strugglers Chennai Super Kings, thrashing the defending champions by eight wickets having chased down 155 inside 18 overs.

Expected Teams

Expect Sunrisers Hyderabad to open with Kane Williamson – though he has not having an IPL to remember so far – and Abhishek Sharma. Rahul Tripathi may have a key role to play in the middle overs against the spin. Nicholas Pooran will bat at four, with Aiden Markram at number five and Washington Sundar at six. Abdul Samad and Romario Shepherd will be the last recognised batters at number seven and eight, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shreyas Gopal and T Natarajan the tail.

Matthew Wade has struggled so far in the IPL, but the Australian is a proven T20 opener so expect him to continue alongside Shubman Gill for now. Vijay Shankar and captain Hardik Pandya will bat at three and four respectively, with David Miller at number five. Tewatia, in superb form as a finisher, will bat at six, with Abhinav Manohar at seven. Rashid Khan will bat at eight, with the pace bowling trio of Varun Aaron, Lockie Ferguson and Mohammad Shami completing the Titans XI.

Predictions

On paper, this looks like being a fairly comfortable win for Gujarat Titans. Even in a format as unpredictable as T20, man-for-man they look to have a notably stronger XI than their opponents here. Their bowling attack is particularly well-stocked, but they also have a superbly gifted opener in Gill and power-packed middle order of Pandya, Miller and Tewatia. There is quality in the Sunrisers line-up too, but is it enough to get the better of the Titans? It doesn’t look like it.

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