If Gujarat Titans win this game, their reward will be to play the IPL final, on their first try, in front of their home fans in Ahmedabad. Does it get any better than this for a new franchise? Probably not.
If you take the magnifier to both these teams, you’d find a lot of similarities between them. For instance, both sacrifice a seventh batter to accommodate a fifth bowler — a strategy that has worked like a charm for them.
A big relief for the Titans is that their keeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha is fit after reporting a slight niggle in his hamstring recently.
The Royals are known as the side with the riskiest philosophy in the entire IPL, with their batters’ Plans A, B and C all being to hit the ball out of the park. Luckily, their strategy has worked for them, which is why they have hit the most sixes in the IPL this season (116). It also speaks volume of their hitting prowess.
While the Titans started strong and never truly faded in the round-robin stage, the Royals were in a spot of bother mid-season but they eventually found their feet again.
Jos Buttler is the man who powers their batting unit, although his form did dip of late but then others rose to the occasion. The Royals’ bowling unit is spin-oriented and led by Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin.