Analysis for the match.
The IPL 2022 Final is here and we think there is no doubt that the two best teams this season have made it. Gujarat Titans took the direct route by topping the group stage and then winning Qualifier 1 against the Rajasthan Royals. They are now going to face the same opponent in the Final as well after RR defeated RCB comprehensively in Qualifier 2.
GT and RR have played each other twice this season and both times it has been GT that has come out on top. All the best IPL betting sites like Betway, 10Cric, ComeOn (and others) are currently offering identical odds for both these teams to win this match.
Clearly, they expect a close contest as well. Let us try and look closer at the two teams and find the best betting markets for the IPL 2022 Final.
Must see points.
1). GT has won both matches it has played against RR so far
2). Jos Buttler has once again hit top gear and that is a massive advantage for RR
3). Both teams lack depth in their batting but we think RR has a slightly better top order
Head to Heads.
Overall Matches - 02
GT won - 02
RR won - 00
N/R - 00
Match Predictions - RR to win the match.
1). If GT won the toss and opted to bowl first, RR could score 170-190 runs.
2). If RR won the toss and opted to bowl first, GT could score 160-180 runs.
1). Highest score in first 6 overs - RR
RR has scored 49.1 runs in the powerplay on average in IPL 2022 and lost 1.1 wickets while GT has scored 46.1 runs and lost 1.3 wickets. This may not seem like a big difference but over the course of an entire tournament is quite significant. Also, RR's approach has been to go hard at the top while GT likes to take things deep and then attack. This is why we are backing RR for this bet.
2). Hardik Pandya total runs - over 27.5
Hardik Pandya has scored 453 runs in 14 matches and is in good form. His head to head record against the leading bowlers of RR is also quite favorable. He is also someone that thrives under pressure and so we feel backing him to score runs in this match is the right way to go.
3). Total wickets in the match - under 12.5
This is a pure stats bet. History suggests that wickets have been hard to come by in matches played at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Five out of the previous six matches played at this venue have seen fewer than 12.5 wickets fall in the entire match. This also includes Qualifier 2 between RR and RCB. The numbers suggest this is a betting market to be considered for sure.
The Gujarat Titans have had four days off after their win in Qualifier 1 and would be raring to go once more. We don't think there is going to be any change in their side for the IPL 2022 Final and the same set of players will take the field once more. If there is a change to be considered here then that might be to bring back Lockie Ferguson to the team in place of Wade.
There was a lot of pace and some seam movement on offer during Qualifier 2 and so the same can be expected for this match as well.
The onus of scoring runs in this match is going to fall on Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, and David Miller. All three of these players have been in great form and are very good against fast bowling. Sure, Saha, Wade, and the finishers will have a role to play as well but GT will need someone to carry their bat through the inning just as Buttler has been doing for RR.
One of the key contests in this match is going to be MIller vs Chahal. So far, Miller has scored 35 runs in 23 balls against Chahal but has also got out three times in that time. Hardik Pandya has a pretty good head-to-head record against Ashwin, Boult, and even Chahal so he could be someone you bet on to score runs in this match.
RR is a brilliantly constructed T20 team and has shown itself as being able to adapt to a number of different conditions. We do think that the fast and seam-friendly conditions in Ahmedabad were very good for the kind of cricket it plays. Its bowlers were able to extract help with the new ball and the batters used the pace to clear the boundaries again and again.
Of course, the absolutely brilliant season that Jos Buttler is having must help as well. With 824 runs and four centuries this season, Buttler could very well break the record of scoring the most centuries in one IPL season! He will have to get past Rashid Khan, though, and we saw him play him out without taking many risks the last time around, the same could be the case this time as well.
RR has been getting some excellent cameos from Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, and Shimron Hetmyer but without Buttler to bat through, they could find themselves in some trouble. We would not count out seeing Ashwin come in as a pinch hitter to just elongate the batting lineup a little.
All things considered, the batting lineups of both teams are very closely matched but RR's dependence on Buttler is a bit risky.
Time - May 29th, 08:00 pm, IST.
Venue - Narendra Modi Stadium - Ahmedabad, India
New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson was left out of the GT side in the Qualifier 1 against Rajasthan Royals with West Indies’ Alzarri Joseph coming in to replace him. Joseph conceded 27 runs from only 2 overs and it would not be a surprise to see Ferguson return to the side for this final.Gujarat Titans lost their final group stage game of the season against RCB but have been very strong in all other recent games. They have been the most consistent team throughout the IPL 2022.
Possible XI - Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami.
Although they had lost Tuesday’s game by 7 wickets, Rajasthan Royals kept faith with the same XI for Friday’s win over RCB. This meant that Prasidh Krishna, who saw his final three balls dispatched for six by Gujarat Titans’ David Miller, kept his spot. We expect to see an unchanged team on Sunday. RR showed plenty of character to beat RCB with the game coming so soon after the defeat to Gujarat Titans. They have won three of their last four matches.
Possible XI - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy.