IPL 2022 Final – Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals, Ahmedabad
Safe XI: Jos Buttler (capt), Wriddhiman Saha (vice-capt), Sanju Samson, Shubman Gill, Devdutt Padikkal, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yash Dayal
Captain: Jos Buttler
Buttler has had a whopping IPL season, scoring 824 runs in 16 innings so far at an average of 58.85 and a strike rate of 151.47. Even though he struggled in the second half of the league, he was back at his best in the two playoffs, scoring 89 (56 balls) and 106* (60 balls). His scores against Gujarat Titans this season are 89 and 54.
Vice-captain: Wriddhiman Saha
Saha has scored 312 runs in ten innings at an average of 34.66. Saha needs 50 more runs in the final to tie with his best IPL in terms of runs scored – he got 362 in 2014, playing for Kings XI Punjab [now Punjab Kings]. As a wicketkeeper, too, he is likely to get you points as he has effected 12 dismissals so far.
Sanju Samson: The Rajasthan Royals captain has been among the runs this season, scoring 444 runs in 16 innings at a strike rate of 147.50. Although big scores have been missing, he has recorded ten scores of 20 or more, which is likely to get him into top-performing fantasy players. Behind the wickets, nobody has more dismissals than Samson – 16.
Hardik Pandya: Hardik is Titans’ leading scorer with 453 runs in 14 innings at an average of 45.30, and has also taken five wickets, though he has bowled sporadically. His performances against Royals this season are 40* in 27 balls and 1 for 14 and 87* in 52 balls and 1 for 18.
Mohammed Shami: The leading wicket-taker for Titans this season with 19 in 15 games is a steal at 8.5 credits in the WonderWins fantasy app. He is the joint-leading wicket-taker in powerplays this season with 11 strikes, at an economy of 6.57. Since 2021, he has taken seven wickets in four outings against Royals.
Yash Dayal: Dayal has been in prolific form in his debut season, taking ten wickets in eight games so far. Four of those ten wickets have come against Royals.
High-risk XI: Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Sanju Samson, David Miller, Shimron Hetmyer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya (capt), Rashid Khan, Obed McCoy (vice-capt), Yash Dayal