The 17th match of IPL 2024 will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Gujarat Titans (GT) will host Punjab Kings (PBKS). At one end, GT have 2 wins in three games, while PBKS are on a two-match losing streak. Gujarat Titans will be playing their third home game in four matches, but PBKS will be playing their third consecutive away game.

GT came back from their heavy loss to Chennai Super Kings, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 7 wickets in Ahmedabad. After SRH elected to bat, their batting never got fully going because of Player of the Match Mohit Sharma. The two-time finalists looked to be in trouble before Sai Sudharsan and David Miller held their nerve to guide the chase smoothly.

The Shikhar Dhawan-led side beat Delhi Capitals at Mullanpur in their first game, but successive away games against RCB and LSG resulted in losses and the initial high was very short-lived.

Narendra Modi Stadium Pitch Report

In the two matches held at Motera so far, the surface doesn’t seem to be overtly flat or helpful to batting. The batters have had to show exemplary skill and not just go slam bang in characteristics that are rather reminiscent of the World Cup final.

IPL Stats & Records at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Till now, 29 IPL matches have been played at the picturesque venue. GT’s victory on Sunday puts the winning batting second tally at this stadium to 15. The average first innings total still remains 172.

Matches Played 29
Matches Won Batting First 14
Matches Won Batting Second 15
Matches Won Winning Toss 13
Matches Won Losing Toss 16
Matches With No Result 0
Highest Team Total 233/3
Lowest Team Total 102
Average First Innings Total 172
Highest Total Successfully Chased 205

GT vs PBKS Strategies and Match-ups:

Ahmedabad will offer a pitch that will test the batsmen’s skills. On a pitch like this, chasing will very much be the way to go, especially when there is uncertainty surrounding what will be a good total. The two matches here saw first innings totals of 168 and 162 and one of them proved enough but barely. The important match-ups are: Shubman Gill vs Arshdeep Singh, Rashid Khan vs Jonny Bairstow.

Player Battles to Watch Out For: 

Arshdeep Singh vs Shubman Gill:

Shubman Gill- Gujarat Titans

Across 6 innings, Arshdeep Singh has bowled 37 balls to Shubman Gill. The Punjab-born batter has scored just 46 runs at a strike rate of 124.32, while being dismissed just once. This battle between Arshdeep and GT skipper during the powerplay will decide the way forward. 

Rashid Khan vs Shikhar Dhawan:

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Source: Twitter)

Across 7 innings, Rashid Khan has bowled 56 deliveries to Dhawan. The southpaw has scored 53 runs and has been dismissed 4 times, with a strike rate of 94.64 and an average of 13.25.

X-Factors for GT vs PBKS:

Gujarat Titans:

Even on a difficult pitch against Sunrisers Hyderabad, it was Mohit Sharma’s accurate death bowling that confined SRH to just 162. On a similar pitch, he will again be needed to stop the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone, however, the inclusion of the latter is suspected after he underwent an injury in Punjab’s previous encounter.

Punjab Kings:

If the pitch will be as bowling friendly as the last two matches, Kagiso Rabada will be a massive threat to GT’s Indian heavy top order. He may be struggling a bit, but the veteran pacer possesses enough skills to be a threat. Rabada also has the ability to bowl at any stage of an innings, making him the go-to option according to changing situations of the game.

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