Shivani Shukla ∙ May 25 2023, 2:30 PM

GT vs MI: Can the Titans Spoil Mumbai's Finale Dream? | Pitch Report, Fantasy Tips & Prediction

image-li30jg90Mumbai Indians beat LSG in Eliminator | Source: Twitter 

The 2nd Qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 will be played between Gujarat Titans (GT) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on Friday, May 26 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. 

Team Previews

The idea that Mumbai Indians would reach the playoffs and participate in the qualifier of the IPL 2023 seemed far-fetched until recently. But then, they are Mumbai Indians, the five time champions, they have mastered the art of bouncing back stronger from setbacks.

Once again, they have defied all odds and secured a berth in the Qualifier 2, thanks to their emphatic 81-run victory over Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator match. Their focus now shifts to winning the Qualifier against Gujarat and securing a place in the final.

As for Gujarat Titans, their fortunes took a downturn at the most crucial stage of Qualifier 1, resulting in a 15-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings. It was the first time in two seasons that Gujarat Titans' batting lineup was completely dismantled while chasing any target. 

Both these teams have crossed paths twice this season, with each team claiming a win each. Initially, Gujarat Titans secured a convincing 55-run win over Mumbai Indians, but Rohit Sharma & Co. retaliated in their second face off, defeating Gujarat Titans by 27 runs. 

Match Details

Date and Time: 26 May, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad 

Live Streaming and Broadcast: Jio Cinema & Star Sports Network  

Pitch Report 

The pitch at Ahmedabad has proven to be a well-balanced surface, providing a fair contest between the batters and the bowlers. Pacers are likely to find early assistance from the pitch, while spinners will play a crucial role during the middle overs. 

The average first innings total at this venue has been around 170 runs, and teams batting first have had the upper hand, winning the majority of matches. Hence, the team winning the toss should seriously consider batting first. 

Predicted Playing XIs 

Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), Dasun Shanaka, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Darshan Nalkande, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami 

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Tilak Varma, Chris Jordan, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal 

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips 

Wicket-Keeper: Wriddhiman Saha, Ishan Kishan

Batters: Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Rohit Sharma

All-Rounders: Cameron Green

Bowlers: Piyush Chawla, Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan, Akash Madhwal

Captain: Shubman Gill 

Vice-Captain: Cameron Green 


Gujarat Titans are poised to hold an advantage over Mumbai Indians due to two significant factors. Firstly, their brilliant bowling line-up sets them apart. Secondly, their familiarity with the home conditions and surface gives them a strategic edge.  

However, it would be unwise to completely overlook the Mumbai Indians, given their outstanding performances in the last few matches. 

MI have the experience of dealing in pressure situations and is likely to triumph over the defending champs.