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Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals Best Bet: Tuesday May 24th

Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals Best Bet: Tuesday May 24th
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Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals IPL Best Bet

Tuesday, May 24th, 3pm (UK time)

After qualifying as the top two teams in the league table, Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals face off in the first qualifier of IPL 15, with a direct route to the final at stake.

The Royals squeezed into the top two after a nail-biting victory over Chennai Super Kings, with unlikely hero Ravichandran Ashwin striking a magnificent 40 off 23 balls to carry them to a five-wicket win. However, following his flash bang start to the season, Jos Buttler’s recent struggles remain a worry for the Royals with the Englishman scoring just 11 runs in his last three innings.

The Titans on the other hand will be looking to continue their fine form, which saw them boast a league-best ten victories, with their XI proving a consistent outfit throughout the season.

They’re batting line-up continues to deliver the goods despite an apparent lack of power, with Hardik Pandya and David Miller averaging 46.70 together and Shubman Gill coming into form at just the right time.

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And although I’m still a little wary of their top order, I’m siding with the adage that batsman win you matches, and bowlers win you championships.

The Titans’ bowling unit is both fearsome and economical by nature with Lockie Ferguson and Alzarri Joseph providing the pace up front, with Rashid Khan adding guile in the middle overs. Mohammed Shami and Rashid have combined for 36 wickets and have been joined by the fresh-faced Sai Kishore, who has a bowling economy of just 5.80 from his three matches so far.

In what should be an even match, I feel that the Royals over reliance on Jos Buttler (629 runs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (26 wickets) could prove their own downfall, with Chahal taking the collective responsibility for the rest of the Royals bowlers all season long.

This though is in stark contrast to the Titans well-oiled XI which has seen eight of their side pick up player of the match awards this season. Given this strength throughout their side, I’m backing Gujarat to progress to the final.

  • Selection: Gujarat Titans to win
  • Best Odds: 1.86 (1X2Bet)
  • Stake: 7/10

Odds as at 9am May 24th 2022. Odds may now differ.

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