Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has made his predictions for the IPL 2022 Qualifier 1 clash between the Gujarat Titans (GT) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR). The Titans and Royals will take on each other at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday, May 24. While the winner of the match will qualify for the final, the loser will face either the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) or the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Qualifier 2 as well.
While previewing the clash in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said that Mohammed Shami and Yash Dayal will be amongst the wickets. He said: “The first one, Shami and Yash Dayal will together take three or more wickets. I feel Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna will also together pick up three or more wickets. I have not seen the pitch but from the reports that have come, it is going to be a seamer-friendly surface. Kolkata has a seamer-friendly surface these days.”
However, both Dayal and Shami among wickets in the Titans’ league phase clash against the Royals. While Boult missed that match due to a niggle, Krishna failed to pick up a wicket as well.
Aakash Chopra again predicted: “I feel three catches will be taken behind the stumps, either the keepers will take them or they will go to the slips. It is possible one or two bouncers are bowled and the ball goes straight up in the air and the keeper takes it. That’s also a possibility, all that can happen because fast bowling can have the upper hand here.”
“The Gujarat Titans’ bowling is slightly better, if you see according to this pitch and they will go with the full bowling. Rajasthan should look for one change in my opinion. I am going with Rajasthan to win. Gujarat is the side to beat these days but I am going with Rajasthan, let’s have a little bit of fun,” Aakash Chopra concluded.