In the 48th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, Rajasthan Royals (RR) will lock horns with Gujarat Titans (GT) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur today i.e. Friday, May 5 at 7:30 PM IST.
Both sides have put on outstanding performances this season and are anticipated to do so again in this match.
The winners of the first IPL season have lost momentum in recent games after a strong start to their IPL 2023 campaign, having won only once in their previous four games, which includes a six-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians (MI) in their most recent outing. The Royals are presently fourth in the points standings, having won five of their nine games this season. The Sanju Samson-led team will be disturbed by the form of its opener Jos Buttler, despite the fact that his fellow opener Yashasvi Jaiswal is leading the run-scoring charts, including his maiden IPL ton in the last match. RR have the propensity to slow down in the middle overs, whilst GT may get proactive from both ends with the spin attack of Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed.
On the other hand, Hardik Pandya‘s team will be looking to avenge their loss to the Royals last month. The Gujarat-based team is currently on top of the points table with 12 points but was defeated at home by the last-placed Delhi Capitals (DC). Mohammad Shami will be back in the spotlight after a spectacular four-wicket haul with the new ball in the last match. GT’s problems are also severe, with Wridhimman Saha‘s efficacy in the powerplay dwindling and skipper Pandya’s batting stock has plummeted to an all-time low. However, the Gujarat-based side’s lower batting order not clicking could be a major concern heading into the final stages of the IPL 2023. GT will try to restate any doubts about this match by dominating the host from the start.
RR and GT have met four times in the IPL, including the finale last year. The defending champions have come out on top in three of these games. However, in their previous meeting this season, the Royals secured their first victory against GT by three wickets, effectively hunting down a target of 178 runs.