The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 has reached its business end and the first match of the playoffs will be played between table-toppers Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals (RR) as they will be eyeing a spot in the final. The match will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, which will be hosting its first IPL match this year. Going into the match, both teams will be hoping for their experienced players to come good.
Titans are having a bunch of impact players in their line-up while Rajasthan has a couple of best performers with bat and ball this season in their camp in Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Former New Zealand captain, Daniel Vettori reckons that Sanju Samson’s team holds a slight edge over Hardik Pandya because of the presence of three seasoned bowlers who could be lethal provided their experience of playing a big match.
During a recent conversation with ESPNCricinfo’s T20 Timeout show, Daniel Vettori said, “I love the Ashwin-Chahal combination, I think that gives Rajasthan something special through the middle. So, I think Rajasthan are just a little bit in front because of those two and Trent Boult. There’s nothing to take away from the Gujarat bowling line-up but I think Rajasthan just have the edge.”
Yuzvendra Chahal leads the Purple Cap race with as many as 26 scalps from 14 matches on IPL 2022 so far. R Ashwin has supported him well, picking up 11 wickets from 14 matches with an excellent financial rate as well. Trent Boult has also managed to get 13 scalps in as many matches while the tall Prasidh Krishna has picked up 15 wickets in 14 matches so far for the franchise.