Titans seek home-coming, Royals a golden rewind | Cricket

It is a fight between the Gujarat Titans ‘street-smart approach and the Rajasthan Royals’ firepower in the final of the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.

The Titans have the opportunity to emulate the Royals by winning their debut. The pink brigade is hoping to pay tribute to the late Shane Warne, the captain of the inaugural team, by breaking his barren race since 2008 and winning again.

The Royals are on a high after their stunning win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 2 on Friday, though the odds are loading in favor of the Titans. His script was not well written. The Hardik Pandya team have taken the IPL by storm with their debut and their home match will be the final. For the Royals, gigantic Narendra Modi is not intimidated by the atmosphere at the International Stadium, which is expected to be a blue sea in support of the Titans.

It is ultimately about who can hold the nerve. With the majority of the 1,25,000 capacity crowd cheering the hosts on, the Royals will be the key to how the game begins. They need to find a way to conquer the initial momentum in order to stop the mob behind Hardik Pandya and Co.

The Titans have practiced snatching victory from defeat, but they beat opponents whenever the Royals won. T20 cricket means responding to the situation. In their run to the final, the Titans showed the ability to find a way out of tough situations. But both of their wins against the Royals are in convincing fashion.

Pandya has taken the lead from the front as a leader. Miller and Rahul Tevatia provide the X-factor to the Titans. No amount is safe against these two finishers. The smaller format is related to adjustment-ups. The competition between the Royals’ spinners and the three dashing batters is fierce. For all their success this season, Yuvuvendra Chahal and R Ashwin could not impose themselves on the Titans’ batters. In his two matches against GT, he has one wicket in 16 overs.

In his league match, Pandya took 87 balls (8×4, 4×6) and David Miller took 31 * (14b, 5×4, 1×6) total of 192/4 in 57 balls. Chahal had figures of 4-0-32-1 and Ashwin 4-0-33-0. In the qualifier 1 at the Eden Gardens, Pandya (40 *, 27 b) and Miller (68 *, 38 b) again defeated the spin threat, again causing the RR defeat. The Chargers and Ashwin lost the wickets and the Titans effortlessly scored 188.

Rajasthan Royals coach Kumar Sangakkara understands the challenge of his bowlers.

“He (Pandya) is an extraordinary player. He has led his team well. They are an exceptional team, highly skilled, really well settled and working at a peak throughout, so it can be a tough challenge. But you’ve got a day off, relax with this game behind us. Talk about it first, acknowledge what happened, appreciate it and then put it behind us and get ready for the next game. We understand this but we must be ready and skilled enough. Let’s see what happens, ”Sangakkara said.

Tevatia has yet to take part in this battle, but he is adept at playing spin. They are the ones who set the ball rolling for the Titans, building a self-confidence with a nervous knock. Miller said, “It’s a good season, really good season. But for me, Tevatia stands out. You are talking about non-match titles, but their two sixes, we needed 12 runs in the last two balls, they won the match (against the Punjab Kings).” Mention their third match.

The Royals rely heavily on Jose Butler, but the successful Jaiswal has also begun to make an impact. Skipper Sanju Samson, Devadath Padikkal and Shimron Hettmeyer also gave RR a fabulous look. Any of them can count on that.

Titans bowling will be led by Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan. With little help from the surface, the Shami can be deadly on the T20 as well. He would love to see Prashant Krishna take off on a Motera pitch with a new ball on Friday.

In high scoring Qualifier 1, Rashid gave up just 15 runs in four overs.

However, the Titans play their first game in place but the Royals know the situation well after Friday’s win. Both sides have noticed a number of batters including Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar and Dinesh Karthik in the boundary. Despite the Butler show, the bowlers draw confidence from it.

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