Apr 27: Gujarat Titans vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 40th Match, Wankhede Stadium
Safe XI: Nicholas Pooran, Rahul Tripathi (vice-capt), David Miller, Kane Williamson, Abhinav Manohar, Hardik Pandya (capt), Aiden Markram, T Natarajan, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Captain: Hardik Pandya
The India allrounder is the only player among these two sides to have featured in the top-performing players list in all the games they have been involved in this season and has earned the highest fantasy points as well (720). He has scored 295 runs at an average of 73.75 this season in six outings so far. He’s set to play at the Wankhede Stadium, his former home ground, so expect him to get you a lot of points.
Vice-captain: Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi has been the star for Sunrisers this season with the bat, scoring 212 runs in seven outings at an average of 53 and a strike rate of 175.20. He is extremely strong against pace, having scored 140 runs at a strike rate of 181.81, with just two dismissals this season.
T Natarajan: The left-arm pacer is one of the few bowlers who is yet to go wicketless this season, having taken 15 wickets in seven games, which puts him as the second-highest wicket-taker this season. Six wickets in powerplay at an economy rate of 6.83 , three wickets in middle overs at an economy rate of seven, six wickets in death overs at 10.75 make him a complete package.
David Miller: The South African finisher has been sublime form this season, scoring 220 runs in seven innings at an average of 73.33 and a strike rate of 157.14. He has been brilliant for Titans in middle overs, scoring 131 runs at a strike rate of 145.55 with just one dismissal and has shifted gears in the death overs, scoring 78 runs at a strike rate of 181.39.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: On a pitch where bowlers are reaping rewards in powerplay expect the joint-highest wicket-taker in this phase in IPL history to make some early inroads. He has taken nine wickets in seven games this season at an economy rate of 7.41.
Lockie Ferguson: One of the fastest bowlers in this tournament, Lockie Ferguson has taken nine wickets in seven games this season at an economy of 8.32. He has taken six wickets in six overs in powerplay this season at an average of 8.66.
High-risk XI: Nicholas Pooran, David Miller (capt), Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram, Rahul Tewatia, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vice-capt), Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal, Marco Jansen