Gujarat Titans won the toss and elected to bat first at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium against Lucknow Super Giants. In today’s game, Mark Wood and Quinton De Kock are not playing today for the Super Giants.
Why is Mark Wood not playing today?
Mark Wood is prone to injury. He is the fastest bowler in the world cricket right now. Lucknow needs to manage his workload in the tournament. As the pitch in Lucknow assists the spinners, the management opted to rest him during today’s match.
What did the captains say at the toss?
KL Rahul: I would have batted but not worried about it. We will play good cricket. We bowled against SRH as well on the same strip, we would like to restrict them to a good target and chase it down. Same 12 players. Yudhvir misses out, Amit Mishra comes in, he was the impact player in the last game. Trusted the 12-13 players, have had a few injuries, each game someone has put their hand up and done the job for the team. We are gelling together well and winning games. That goes hand in hand. it’s been a good vibe in the dressing room.
Hardik Pandya: We will bat first. Looks like a slow track, want to get the best out of it. There is no time to test our batters now. I am sure they have would have batted first as well if they won the toss. They’re doing a fantastic job. I think on this wicket, the better option is to bat first. We’re not worried about our record while chasing. Even if the records say that we still have to do a good job. Alzarri misses out and Noor Ahmad comes in.
Gujarat Titans (Playing XI): Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya(c), Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, Mohit Sharma
Lucknow Super Giants (Playing XI): KL Rahul(c), Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Nicholas Pooran(w), Ayush Badoni, Naveen-ul-Haq, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Impact substitutes for both teams:
Lucknow Super Giants Subs: Jaydev Unadkat, Krishnappa Gowtham, Daniel Sams, Prerak Mankad, Karan Sharma
Gujarat Titans Subs: Joshua Little, Jayant Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Srikar Bharat