Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals — Is this where the Titans’ Cinderella story come to an end?

May 24, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

Betting Tips for IPL Qualifier 1
Indian Premier League 2022
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
May 24, 2022 7:30pm

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Number one meets number two as Gujarat Titans take on Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on May 24 (Tuesday) in Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League 2022, with the winner to be rewarded with a place in the final. The match is to start at 7:30pm IST.

Teams Status

Gujarat Titans

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.

Rajasthan Royals

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.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Gujarat Titans Rajasthan Royals
PariMatch 1.81 2.0
PariPesa 1.86 2.068 1.79 2.04
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Gujarat are the favourites for this IPL fixture. Parimatch has Gujarat priced at 1.81 and Rajasthan at 2.0. Paripesa has Gujarat available for 1.86 and Rajasthan for 2.068. Lastly, Sportsbet has Gujarat priced at 1.79 and Rajasthan at 2.04.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Jos Buttler to score under 26.5 runs @ 1.87

Jos Buttler form of late has been in complete reversal of his form from earlier this season. He has returned three single-digit scores on the bounce. Moreover, he notoriously struggles against Rashid Khan. All of this combines to give us a big indication that this game won’t be his to shine. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: Wriddhiman Saha to score under 19.5 runs @ 1.87

Wriddhiman Saha tweaked his hamstring just last week. We’re not convinced that he’d have been fully healed so soon. If Gujarat Titans bat second, then Saha could be stretched for mobility and that could result in a short stay at the crease. The odds for this play have been sourced from Parimatch.


The last time these two met, Gujarat recovered from a top order collapse to post a big target, which Rajasthan couldn’t get to. This time, the teams look much closer. Gun to the head, we’d take the better odds on Rajasthan than lay the chalk on Gujarat. This is, after all, their debut season and they have already vastly overachieved.

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